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Fifth Grade Books

5th Grade Adventure Books
5th Grade Adventure Books
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson

Chase Cooper is recruited by a group of school-aged ninjas at his new school.

The Giant Rat of Sumatra, or Pirates Galore by Sid Fleischman

A boy named Shipwreck attempts to sail back home to Boston aboard the most notorious pirate ship in the Pacific.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo’s dad, a professional animal wrangler, is hired to consult on the reality show Expedition Survival!, but the show’s star goes missing in the Florida Everglades.

Stranded by Jegg Probst

A family vacation turns into a game of survival when four kids are shipwrecked on a jungle island in the South Pacific.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Sadie and Carter embark on a dangerous journey across the globe in order to put things right after their Egyptologist dad unleashes the Egyptian god Set.

Holes by Louis Sachar

A curse lands Stanley at the juvenile detention center Camp Green Lake where there is no lake and the boys are forced to dig holes all day for a mysterious purpose.

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy learns the skills of survival from local Native Americans.

Loot by Jude Watson

When a notorious cat burglar dies during a burglary it’s up to his twelve-year-old son to finish his last heist.

5th Grade Animal Stories
5th Grade Animal Stories
5th Grade Fantasy & Sci-Fi
5th Grade Fantasy & Sci-Fi
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan the gorilla has been content at the shopping mall zoo for 27 years until a wild baby elephant joins him and he sees their home through her eyes.

Ragweed by Avi

Ragweed the mouse is determined to see the world, even if it means leaving his family and cozy country home for the big city. A Tales from Dimwood Forest story.

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler

A pet shop mouse escapes to find a civilization of ravenous cats, utopian rats, and a generations-long battle involving deadly secrets.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Sophie moves from the big city to a rustic farm where the chickens are not what they seem. She is pretty sure the cranky white chicken can move things with its mind and that another may be turning itself invisible. Sophie better learn how to take care of the unusual chickens before a chicken thief snatches them away.

The Capture GUardian of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

A young barn owl is rescued by a mysterious school for orphaned owls.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby is forced to move her family to safe quarters and turns to the intelligent rats of NIMH for help.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

A young boy is forced to give up his pet fox then ventures out alone to find him.

5th Grade Historical Fiction 
5th Grade Historical Fiction
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah sets out to find an enchanted circus to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life.

The Wishing Spell, The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Twins Alex and Connor find themselves in a magical land filled with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

After falling through a grate in his apartment building and into the Underland, Gregor embarks on a dangerous quest to fulfill his destiny.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg sets off to the outer reaches of space to find her scientist father who disappeared while researching tesseracts.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Princes, ogres, and fairies, oh my! Unfortunately, a fairy gave Ella the “gift” of obedience at birth and she must go on a quest to reverse the curse.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

After accidentally punching a hole into a new fantastical world, Tristan much join forces with John Henry, Anansi the Spider, and other characters from African American folklore.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

While taking a detour through the woods to avoid a bully, Tamaya and Marshall come into contact with some odd mud that might affect the future of the world.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is unexpectedly whisked away to the magical city of Nevermoor and must complete against hundreds of other children for a spot in the prestigious Wundrous Society.

5th Grade Horror
5th Grade Horror
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

An orphan is falsely accused of theft and murder in fourteenth-century England and meets a juggler with a dangerous secret.

Bud, Not Buddy By Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of his father during the U. S. Great Depression.

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

A nameless girl in medieval England is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and given a place in this world.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle is sent to live with her eccentric but enterprising relatives in Key West, Florida amidst the U.S. Great Depression in 1935.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

With the fall of Saigon, Hà and her family flee Vietnam and face the quirks and grief of being immigrants in Alabama.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother who was sold into service in the Civil War.

Heart of a Samurai by Margo Preus

In 1841, Nakahama Manjiro became the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States after an American whaling ship rescues him from a shipwrecked island.

One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia

Three sisters spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California with the mother they barely know and end up attending a Black Panther summer camp to stay out of her hair.

5th Grade Humor
5th Grade Humor
Zombie Mommy by M.T. Anderson

The intrepid Pals in Perils heroes discover Lily’s mom has become possessed by a zombie who wants to take over the world.

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

In New York City in 1872, a photographer’s apprentice accidentally frees the ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge.

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome. Awesomely shocking and bloody!

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

Rudger, an imaginary friend, is being hunted by the evil Mr. Bunting who captures imaginaries.

Half-Minute Horrors by Susan Rich

Short scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

Charlie’s dad remarries and moves them into a creepy purple mansion where the creatures of his nightmares may be coming to life.

5th Grade Mystery Books
5th Grade Mystery Books
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen. Recommend to Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Wyatt and Matt discover a plot to blow up the White House while on a class trip to Washington D.C.

Nerds by Michael Buckley

A group of unpopular fifth graders run an international spy network from inside their school.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

The Tapper Twins Go To War by Geoff Rodkey

An epic prank battle breaks out after Reese Tapper calls his twin sister, Claudia, Princess Farts-a-Lot in front of the whole sixth grade.

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian

Derek looks forward to spending his summer vacation throwing water balloons at the UPS truck and conducting investigations until his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp instead.

The Name of this Book is Secret By Pseudonymous Bosch

Two misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais from finding the secret of immortality.

The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with their eccentric grandmother, Relda, who lives in a town that experiences an extraordinary number of unusual crimes.

Space Case By Stuart Gibbs

Dashiell Gibson lives on Moon Base Alpha and must solve the murder of one of the moon’s most prominent doctors.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library By Chris Grabenstein

Kyle stays overnight in the new library designed by his game making hero, Luigi Lemoncello, but he and his friends must solve puzzles to escape.

Greenglass House By Kate Milford

At the smuggler’s inn, known as the Greenglass House, the innkeeper’s son hears strange stories from the guests leading him on an adventure in this classic whodunit.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The will of a game-loving millionaire leads sixteen strangers on mysterious adventures to determine who will inherit his fortune.

Three Times Lucky By Sheila Turnage

Mo LoBeau washed ashore as a baby during a hurricane and has been making waves ever since. A murder in her tiny town turns her and her best friend Dale into detectives.

5th Grade Realistic Fiction
5th Grade Realistic Fiction
5th Grade Graphic Novels
5th Grade Graphic Novels
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Summer adventures of four sisters on the beautiful estate of Arundel.

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

A Midwestern school girl writes letters to a boy and girl in the mountains of Afghanistan and they all learn more than their teachers intended.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated like an ordinary kid, but being born with a facial deformity makes entering fifth grade a bit more extraordinary.

The Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Paterson

One morning Jess’s friend visits their imaginary kingdom in the woods without him and tragedy occurs. Jess must overcome his anger and grief in this touching tale.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost may be the fastest sprinter on the local track team, but only if he can come to terms with the childhood scars that have been slowing him down.

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, and that’s where is counts. Theater kids will love this tale, but Sloan’s observational humor will make anyone giggle.

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Ravi and Joe appear to only have one thing in common, a bully name Dillon. However, appearances and perceptions can be deceiving. Fans of Wonder will enjoy.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Ten-year-old Mia lives in the motel her immigrant parents clean and run, but the mean owner, Mr. Yao, makes life difficult. Mia takes it upon herself to make her dreams and those of her parents a reality.

5th Grade Nonfiction
5th Grade Nonfiction
New Kid by Jerry Craft

Instead of sending him to the art school he longs for, Jordan is forced to attend a prestigious academy where kids of color like him are few and far between.

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny is sent to live with her grandfather in Florida for the summer, but instead of trips to Disney World she must survive his retirement community and face the family secret behind why she’s there.

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Two siblings try to save their mom from an underground world of talking animals, elves, and demons.

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy by Doug Savage

Get ready to giggle with these 3 short stories about a moose that can shoot laser beams from his eyes, a mutant bear that fell into toxic waste, and a robot squirrel with super strength. Need I say more?

Kristy's Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier

Babysitting isn’t easy, and neither are new families, fashion emergencies, strict parents, and secrets, but the BSC always has friendship. The graphic novel adaption of the classic series.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

After falling and injuring her two front teeth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself from sixth grade through tenth.

Paws of Courage by Nancy Furstinger

Collection of stories and photos of heroic dogs that have served and protected the Unites States military at home and abroad.

We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson

Hundreds of unsung heroes overcame segregation and hatred to do the thing they loved, play ball. For baseball lovers of all ages.

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead.

The Wall by Peter Sis

Excellent mix of history and memories from the author who proudly grew up on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain, but discovers the fruits of the West in adolescence.

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