5th-Grade-Book-List

This list includes nonfiction books, fiction and book series that appeal to 5th Graders.

Fiction

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Fiction
Frindle
Author: Andrew Clements

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. Also available on audio CD, and large print.

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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Author: Leslie Connor
Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth--and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the "outside" world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from .. but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?
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Moo
Author: Sharon Creech

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn't know what to expect. She's ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents "volunteer" Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna--and that stubborn cow, Zora.

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My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Author: Kitty Curran

"You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart?....Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the "traveling companion" of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline?" --publisher.

Series:  Plot-your-own stories

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Farah Rocks Fifth Grade
Author: Susan Muaddi Darraj
  • Fifth-grader Farah Hajjar and her best friend Allie Liu are hoping to go to the Magnet Academy for their middle school years, instead of Harbortown Elementary/Middle School; but when a new girl Dana Denver starts tormenting Farah and her younger brother, Samir, she decides she can not leave Samir to face the bully alone, especially since the adults and even Allie do not seem to be taking the matter seriously--so Farah comes up with a plan, one which involves lying to those closest to her.
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The Rhino in Right Field
Author: Stacy DeKeyser
In 1948, Nikko Spirakis, twelve, loves baseball but must get past his hard-working immigrant parents and the rhino in the outfield to become a batboy for the local minor league team.
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Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.  Also available in Spanish language.

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Raymie NIghtingale
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.
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The Magician's Elephant
Author: Kate DiCamillo

When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

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Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
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Last Day on Mars
Author: Kevin Emerson

While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.

Book 1, Chronicle of the Dark Star series

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Wed Wabbit
Author: Lissa Evans

Follows eleven-year-old Fidge's adventures with three companions as they try to solve a series of clues, deal with a cruel stuffed animal dictator and an army of monsters.

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Dragon Rider
Author: Cornelia Funke

After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find a legendary valley, known as the Rim of Heaven, while being pursued by an old enemy.

Book 1, Dragon Rider series

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Ghost Knight
Author: Cornelia Funke

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. He never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...(publisher).  Also available in Playaway format.

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First team: a New Kid Novel
Author: Tim Green
  • "The companion novel to New Kid, where Brock is in another new town after being on the run with his dad again; and this time, he joins the football team."  With his strong left arm, Brock believes that he could be a great quarterback in the new football-crazed town, but the coaches aren't fair to the kids from the wrong side of the tracks.  With the help of his new friend Mak, Brock has a plan to beat the odds and make the first team.--- publisher.
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New Kid
Author: Tim Green

"A troubled, (but athletic) kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team"-- publisher.  

1st New Kid book by Tim Green 

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One Half from the East
Author: Nadia Hashimi
In modern-day Afghanistan, 10-year-old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She has more freedom than she would as a girl, and makes a good friend of another bacha posh, but must find a way to remain free when she returns to life as a girl.
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Fish in a Tree
Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.

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One for the Murphys
Author: Lynda Hunt

"Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live."--publisher.

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Shouting at the Rain
Author: Linda Mullaly Hunt
Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.
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Into the Wild
Author: Erin Hunter

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying - and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.  Also available in Spanish language.

Book 1, Warriors series

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Hello Universe
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
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Snazzy Cat Capers
Author: Deanna Kent

Life is short. Diamonds are fur-ever. Internationally famous cat burglar Ophelia von Hairball V adores jewels--the only thing she loves more is a challenge. She's never met a safe she couldn't crack. Now the Furry Feline Burglary Institute (FFBI) offers her the ultimate caper: steal the giant Himalayan diamond and win their top award! There's a catch! The FFBI sends an enthusiastic inventor to help Ophelia...but this cat works alone, and Oscar Fishgerald Gold smells fishy. Can the smartest, stealthiest, and snazziest of cats learn to work with a fintastic sidekick and prove she's still the world's most purr-fect burglar?

Book 1, Snazzy Cat Capers series

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball
Author: Jeff Kinney

When an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley's family a chance to make big changes to their house, they soon discover that renovations may not be worth the effort.

Book 14, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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Swindle
Author: Gordon Korman

After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way -- a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their general inability to drive -- but Griffin and his team are going to get back what's rightfully his . . . even if hijinks ensue. Also available on audio CD, and Playaway.

Book 1, Swindle

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Beautiful Blue World
Author: Suzanne M. Lafleur
Sofarende is at war and the army is paying families well to recruit children, so if twelve-year-old Mathilde or her best friend Megs is chosen, they hope to help their families but fear they will be separated forever.
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Pie in the Sky
Author: Remy Lai
Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.
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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Author: Julie T. Lamana
At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.
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Savvy
Author: Ingrid Law

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy--a supernatural power they acquire at 13. On the eve of Mibs's big day, she finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up.

Book 1, Savvy series

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Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen
Author: Niki Lenz
Bernice Buttman is tired of being labeled a 'bully,' so when her mom leaves her with her aunt, who is a nun, Bernice decides to mend her ways and become a model citizen.
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Beetle Boy
Author: M.G. Leonard
Darkus's dad has disappeared - but his new friend, a giant beetle called Baxter, is some consolation. Together, boy and beetle set out to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. But Lucretia Cutter - a fashion designer with a penchant for beetle jewellery - is dead set against their success ...
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A Handful of Stars
Author: Cynthia Lord

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.  Also available in Playaway format.

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Because of the Rabbit
Author: Cynthia Lord

On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence. The very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together.  Also available in Playaway format.

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Number the Stars
Author: Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.  Also available in Spanish language.  Also available in Spanish language.

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A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle

In this Newbery award winning novel, Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.  Also available in Large Print and in Braille. 

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The Season of Styx Malone
Author: Kekla Magoon

Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city.

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The Mad Wolf's Daughter
Author: Diane Magras

In 1210 Scotland, when invading knights capture 12-year-old Drest's father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers who make up his fearsome war-band, she sets off to rescue them from the castle prison, taking along a wounded knight as her captive to trade for her family's freedom.  If you loved this book, there is a sequel:  The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter.

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Rain Reign
Author: Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.
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Every Soul a Star
Author: Wendy Mass

Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find.

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Indian No More
Author: Charlene McManis
When Regina's Umpqua tribe is legally terminated and her family must relocate from Oregon to Los Angeles, she goes on a quest to understand her identity as an Indian despite being so far from home.
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