Awesome Books for 5th Graders

5th Grade Reading Suggestions

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    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
    by Tom Angleberger
    star rating 141 pages
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    The underneath
    by Kathi Appelt, David Small

    An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many ...

    star rating 313 pages
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    The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp
    by Jim Arnosky

    Kidnapped by their father, two boys escape into the mangrove swamps of Key Largo, Florida, where they learn to live on their own among the wildlife.

    star rating 230 pages
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    Tuck Everlasting
    by Natalie Babbitt

    The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a ...

    star rating 148 pages
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    Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
    by James Matthew Barrie, Michael Hague

    The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up

    star rating 176 pages
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    Come Fall
    by A. C. E. Bauer

    Drawn together by a mentoring program and an unusual crow, middle school misfits Salman, Lu, and Blos form a strong friendship despite teasing by fellow ...

    star rating 240 pages
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    The Secret History of Tom Trueheart
    by Ian Beck

    When young Tom Trueheart's seven older brothers all go missing during their adventures in the Land of Stories, he embarks on a perilous mission to save them and ...

    star rating 341 pages
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    by Kevin Bolger

    When Stanley Nudelman buys a strange stuffed animal named Zombiekins at a yard sale, he thinks the toy is harmless, until he exposes it to moonlight and ...

    star rating 208 pages
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    by Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy

    After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together ...

    star rating 292 pages
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    The Dead Boys
    by Royce Buckingham

    Timid 12-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in eastern Washington, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, ...

    star rating 201 pages
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    by Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers
    star rating 336 pages
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    Extra Credit
    by Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott

    As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides--sixth-grader Abby, ten ...

    star rating 183 pages
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    Gregor the Overlander
    by Suzanne Collins

    When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, ...

    star rating 311 pages
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    The Goodbye Time
    by Celeste Conway

    The close friendship of two eleven-year-old girls, who live in New York City, begins to unravel as each struggles to deal with a brother who is leaving home.

    star rating 112 pages
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    Into the Land of the Unicorns
    by Bruce Coville
    star rating 176 pages
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    The Case of the Purloined Professor
    by Judy Cox

    Two rat brothers escape their classroom cage for a second adventure around the globe

    star rating 245 pages
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    The Castle Corona
    by Sharon Creech, David Diaz
    star rating 336 pages
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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963
    by Christopher Paul Curtis
    star rating 224 pages
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    The London Eye Mystery
    by Siobhan Dowd

    When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" ...

    star rating 322 pages
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    Falling In
    by Frances O'Roark Dowell

    Middle-schooler Isabelle Bean follows a mouse's squeak into a closet and falls into a parallel universe where the children believe she is the witch they have ...

    star rating 245 pages
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    The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks
    by Dan Elish, Greg Call

    When extraterrestrial woodchucks attack, ten-year-old Jimmy, his two-and-a-half-year-old sister, friend William, and an eccentric classmate who has built a ...

    star rating 256 pages
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    The Porcupine Year
    by Louise Erdrich

    In 1852, forced by the United States government to leave their beloved Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker, fourteen-year-old Omokayas and her Ojibwe ...

    star rating 193 pages
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    by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean

    Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    I am not Joey Pigza
    by Jack Gantos

    Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names ...

    star rating 215 pages
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    by Patricia Reilly Giff

    Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    The Cats of Roxville Station
    by Jean Craighead George
    star rating 163 pages
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    Finding Danny
    by Linzi Alex Glass

    While searching for her lost dog, Danny, twelve-year-old Bree meets Rayleen--a volunteer at the local animal shelter--who helps Bree put her life in perspective ...

    star rating 208 pages
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    The Homework Machine
    by Dan Gutman

    Four fifth-grade students--a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Jonah and Katherine must help Virginia Dare return to the past in Sabotaged, the third book in Margaret Peterson Haddix's The Missing series.

    star rating 384 pages
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    Olive's Ocean
    by Kevin Henkes

    On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha Boyle gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship ...

    star rating 224 pages
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    Operation Yes
    by Sara Holmes
    star rating 256 pages
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    The Crimson Cap
    by Ellen Howard
    star rating 177 pages
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    The Popularity Papers
    by Amy Ignatow
    star rating 208 pages
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    Northward to the Moon
    by Polly Horvath
    star rating 256 pages
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    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
    by Jacqueline Kelly

    In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate learns about love from the older three of her six brothers and studies the natural world with her ...

    star rating 340 pages
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    A Recipe 4 Robbery
    by Marybeth Kelsey

    An unsupervised goose, missing family heirlooms, and some suspicious characters turn the annual cucumber festival into a robbery investigation for three sixth ...

    star rating 288 pages
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    The tail of Emily Windsnap
    by Liz Kessler
    star rating 208 pages
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    Dying to Meet You
    by Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise

    In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author I. B. Grumply gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the ...

    star rating 160 pages
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    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    by E. L. Konigsburg

    Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    by Ingrid Law

    In a book that begins 13 years after the action of Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times best-selling Savvy, Mibs' cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover ...

    star rating 400 pages
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    Pippi Longstocking
    by Astrid Lindgren, Florence Lamborn
    star rating 160 pages
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    Confetti Girl
    by Diana López

    After the death of her mother, Texas sixth-grader Lina's grades and mood drop as she watches her father lose himself more and more in books, while her best ...

    star rating 208 pages
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    Crow Call
    by Lois Lowry

    Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland.

    star rating 32 pages
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    After All, You're Callie Boone
    by Winnie Mack

    When a lousy summer starts looking up thanks to the new boy next door, things take a turn for the worse, testing whether Callie and a little teamwork can fix ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    11 Birthdays
    by Wendy Mass

    Amanda and Leo, best friends with the same birthday, had a falling out on their tenth birthday and have not spoken since, but peculiar things begin to happen as ...

    star rating 272 pages
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    A corner of the universe
    by Ann M. Martin
    star rating 189 pages
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    The Death-Defying Pepper Roux
    by Geraldine McCaughrean

    Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away on his fourteenth birthday in an attempt to elude his fate ...

    star rating 336 pages
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    The Mousehunter
    by Alex Milway
    star rating 448 pages
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    by Anna Myers

    Regretting his part in his father's decision not to marry the town librarian, Stewart has many misgivings about the latest woman in their lives--a substitute ...

    star rating 215 pages
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    Ways to Live Forever
    by Sally Nicholls
    star rating 212 pages
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    The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
    by Barbara O'Connor

    When Jewells' Holiday Rambler gets stuck in the mud and causes Elvis and his pack of wild siblings to hang around for a few days, Popeye's boring existence in ...

    star rating 149 pages
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    How to Steal a Dog
    by Barbara O'Connor

    Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation ...

    star rating 192 pages
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    The Funeral Director's Son
    by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

    The last thing twelve-year-old Christopher "Kip" Campbell wants is to take over the funeral business that has been in his family for generations, but he is the ...

    star rating 144 pages
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    by Robert Newton Peck

    The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town.

    star rating 112 pages
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    The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg
    by Rodman Philbrick
    star rating 224 pages
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    The red pyramid
    by Rick Riordan
    star rating 516 pages
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    Dork diaries
    by Rachel Renée Russell

    Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives ...

    star rating 288 pages
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    Small Steps
    by Louis Sachar

    Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan ...

    star rating 288 pages
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    The invention of Hugo Cabret
    by Brian Selznick

    When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his ...

    star rating 533 pages
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    by Jerry Spinelli
    star rating 162 pages
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    The mysterious Benedict Society
    by Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis

    As the only four children to pass the series of tests provided, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are asked to go on a secret mission as undercover agents at ...

    star rating 485 pages
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    Deep Down Popular
    by Phoebe Stone

    In a small, Virginia town, sixth-grader Jessie Lou Ferguson has a crush on the hugely popular Conrad Parker Smith, and when he injures his leg and the teacher ...

    star rating 288 pages
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    A Whole Nother Story
    by Cuthbert Soup

    Ethan Cheeseman and his children, ages eight, twelve, and fourteen, hope to settle in a nice small town, at least long enough to complete work on a time machine ...

    star rating 272 pages
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    Emma-Jean Lazarus fell out of a tree
    by Lauren Tarshis

    A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems ...

    star rating 199 pages
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    My Life as a Book
    by Jake Tashjian

    Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, 12-year-old Derek Fallon spends summer vacation at Learning Camp, learning important lessons even though he does not ...

    star rating 224 pages
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    Robot dreams
    by Sara Varon

    The enduring friendship between a dog and a robot is portrayed in this wordless graphic novel.

    star rating 205 pages
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    by Kathleen Van Cleve

    When a drought threatens her family's magical rhubarb farm, eleven-year-old Polly tries to find a way to make it rain again.

    star rating 358 pages
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    A Horse of Her Own
    by Annie Wedekind
    star rating 288 pages
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    So B. It
    by Sarah Weeks

    Living with her mentally disabled mother who only knows just over twenty words, young Heidi has learned to live in her special world until a new word is ...

    star rating 245 pages
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    100 Cupboards
    by N. D. Wilson
    star rating 304 pages