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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    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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    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 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 Cats of Roxville Station
    by Jean Craighead George
    star rating 163 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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    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 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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    The tail of Emily Windsnap
    by Liz Kessler
    star rating 208 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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    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 Mousehunter
    by Alex Milway
    star rating 448 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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    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
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    Paper Things
    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

    Choosing to leave with her big brother when he decides he can no longer stay with their guardian, Ari endures a life of homelessness that challenges her schoolwork, friendships, and the promise made to her mother that she and her brother would stay together.

    star rating 384 pages
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    Fish in a Tree
    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    "Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"--

    star rating 288 pages
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    Circus Mirandus
    by Cassie Beasley

    "When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life"--

    star rating 304 pages
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    The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows
    by Jacqueline West

    When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.

    star rating 241 pages
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    The Marvels
    by Brian Selznick

    A MESMERIZING ADVENTURE ABOUT THE POWER OF STORY Two seemingly unrelated stories-one in words, the other in pictures-come together with seamless, ingenious synergy! We open in 1766 with a visual story: Young Billy Marvel becomes the lone survivor of a shipwreck. Returned to London, he grows up in a theater, where we follow the dramatic trials and triumphs of his progenyover five generations...We cut to 1990 with a narrative story: Lost and alone, and on the brink of expulsion from yet another boarding school, Joseph impulsively runs away to search for his best friend. He finds himself swept up with an erratic man in a strange and beautiful house full of secrets-secrets that compel Joseph on a treasure hunt.

    star rating 672 pages
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    Big Game
    by Stuart Gibbs

    Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident zoo sleuth when a rhinoceros is at risk in Big Game, a companion to Belly Up and Poached—which Kirkus Reviews called a “thrill-ride of a mystery.” When someone takes aim at Rhonda Rhino, FunJungle’s pregnant (and endangered) Asian greater one-horned rhinoceros, the zoo steps up security measures in order to protect this rare animal and her baby. But the extra security isn’t enough—someone is still getting too close for comfort. Teddy and company start to suspect that whoever is after Rhonda is really after her horn, which is worth a lot of money on the black market. For the first time ever, the head of the zoo enlists Teddy for help—for once, he doesn’t have to sneak around in order to investigate—and the results are even more wacky, and even more dangerous, than ever before.

    star rating 352 pages
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    The War That Saved My Life
    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Simultaneous eBook.

    star rating 320 pages
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    The Thing About Jellyfish
    by Ali Benjamin

    A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

    star rating 352 pages
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    Whatever After: Sink Or Swim
    by Sarah Mlynowski

    Once again Abby and her brother Jonah go through the magic mirror in their basement, and this time they find themselves interfering in the Little Mermaid story--and needing to set things right and make sure everyone has a happy ending.

    star rating 165 pages
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    Pieces and Players
    by Blue Balliett

    When 13 high-value pieces of art are stolen from a secret museum, Calder, Petra and Tommy are grouped with two new companions to solve puzzles that are complicated by the clever Mrs. Sharpe. By the best-selling author of Chasing Vermeer. Simultaneous eBook.

    star rating 320 pages
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    Dragonbreath: No Such Thing As Ghosts
    by Ursula Vernon

    Not only must Danny and Wendell trick-or-treat with skeptical classmate Christiana, but school bully Big Eddy dares them to enter a haunted house on Halloween night, where they may have to sacrifice their candy to a ghost.

    star rating 201 pages
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    Theodore Boone
    by John Grisham

    In the small city of Strattenburg there are many lawyers, and thirteen-year-old Theo Boone thinks he is one of them, but his inside knowledge of the justice system means trouble when a cold-blooded killer is about to go free and only Theo can stop him.

    star rating 263 pages