5th-Grade-Book-List

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

Fiction

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Fiction
Greenglass House
Author: Kate Milford

At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.  If you loved this book, you may want to read the sequel: The Ghosts of Greenglass House.

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Fiction
Fablehaven
Author: Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.

Book 1, Fablehaven series

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Fiction
Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Polacio has written several related stories: Auggie & Me:  Three Wonder Stories and other books about the characters in Wonder.  Also available in Spanish language.

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Fiction
Danger Down the Nile
Author: James Patterson

Twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd and their two older siblings travel to Africa to track down priceless artifacts that will keep the family's treasure hunting business afloat long enough to rescue their kidnapped mother--and possibly find their missing father. 

Book 2, Treasure Hunters

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Secret of the Forbidden City
Author: James Patterson

The Kidd children--including twelve-year-old twins Rebecca and Bickford--follow mysterious clues that take them from China to Germany, in the hopes of finding their missing father and the treasure that will finally free their kidnapped mother. 

Book 3, Treasure Hunters

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Treasure Hunters
Author: James Patterson

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.

Book 1, Treasure Hunters

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Fiction
The First Rule of Punk
Author: Celia C. Perez

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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Fiction
Bad Mermaids Make Waves
Author: Sibéal Pounder
Mermaids Beattie, Mimi, and Zelda are summoned back from a summer on land to save their underwater world from some seriously bad mermaids.
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Fiction
Woof: a Bowser and Birdie Novel
Author: Spencer Quinn
  • Bowser is a large mutt, thrilled to be adopted from the animal sheltr by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux as a birthday present from grandmother.  When they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou, they discover that a prized stuffed marlin has been stolen; Birdie and Bowser decide to investigate to find the thief with the marlin, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.  Woof is told from the perspective of Bowser.  Formats in audiobook and ebook are also available.
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Fiction
A Good Kind of Trouble
Author: Lisa Ramée

After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.

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Fiction
The Hammer of Thor
Author: Rick Riordan

Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants... Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.  Also available in Spanish languge. 

Book 2, Magnus Chase

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Fiction
The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan

Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, God of the Sea.  

Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1

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Fiction
The Maze of Bones
Author: Rick Riordan

First book in The 39 Clues series: When their beloved aunt--matriarch of the world's most powerful family--dies, orphaned siblings Amy and Dan Cahill compete with less honorable relatives in a race around the world to find cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune. Includes game cards which the reader may use to play an online version of the treasure hunt. 

Book 1, Thirty

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The Ship of the Dead
Author: Rick Riordan

Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat, Loki's demonic ship full of zombies.

Book 3, Magnus Chase

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Fiction
Holes
Author: Louis Sachar

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Newbery award winner 1999.  Available in multiple formats.

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Fiction
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Author: Jon Scieszka

In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

Book 1, Frank Einstein series

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Spaceheadz
Author: Jon Scieszka

Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ, but with a hamster as their leader, "kids" who talk like walking advertisements, and Michael K as their first convert, will the SPHDZ be able to keep their cover and pull off their assignment?  

Book 1, Spaceheadz

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Fiction
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Author: 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 goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. 

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Fiction
The Dragonet Prophecy
Author: Tui Sutherland

Seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy. Five dragonets are enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But when they escape their prison, the result may be more than intended . . .
Book 1, Wings of Fire series

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Fiction
Stef Soto, Taco Queen
Author: Jennifer Torres
Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.
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Fiction
Three Times Lucky
Author: Sheila Turnage
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
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Fiction
Harriet the Invincible
Author: Ursula Vernon

Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

Book 1, Hamster Princess series

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Fiction
Mission Titanic
Author: Jude Watson

Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, but he is being challenged by someone from the past, called the Outcast. Can Ian track down his former allies, Amy and Dan, and prevent disasters from happening? 

Book 1, 39 Clues Doublecross

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Fiction
Spellbound
Author: Jacqueline West

In this sequel to The Shadows in the Books of Elsewhere series, Olive thinks she's controlling the old McMartin house -- but is the house controlling her? With no way into the house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a grimoire -- a spellbook -- Olive feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless..." --publisher.

The Books of Elsewhere, Book 2

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Fiction
The Second Spy
Author: Jacqueline West
"Some terrifying things have happened to Olive in the old stone house, but none as scary as starting junior high. Or so she thinks. When she plummets through a hole in her backyard, though, Olive realizes two things that may change her mind: First, the wicked Annabelle McMartin is back. Second, there's a secret below-ground that unlocks not one but two of Elsewhere's biggest, most powerful, most dangerous forces yet. But with the house's magical cats acting suspicious, her best friend threatening to move away, and her ally Morton starting to rebel, Olive isn't sure where to turn. Will she figure the mystery out in time? Or will she be lured into Elsewhere . . . and trapped there for good!" --publisher.
Books of Elsewhere, Book 3
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The Shadows
Author: Jacqueline West

When lonely eleven-year-old Olive and her academic parents move into the crumbling old mansion on Linden Street, she's right to think that there's something weird about the place, especially the walls covered in creepy antique paintings. But when she finds a pair of magical old-fashioned glasses and meets three talking cats in the house and an odd next door neighbor boy, she begins an adventure that will lead her into danger and possibly, even into friendship. 

The Books of Elsewhere, Book 1

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The Strangers
Author: Jacqueline West
  • It's Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street . . . and something absolutely vital to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will Olive put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves?  The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the magical cats uncover the true nature of the old stone house on Linden Street.
  • The Books of Elsewhere, Book 4
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Fiction
Brown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.
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Fiction
Front Desk
Author: Kelly Yang
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
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Spy Runner
Author: Eugene Yelchin

It's 1953 and the Cold War is on. Communism threatens all that the United States stands for, and America needs every patriot to do their part. So when a Russian boarder moves into the home of twelve-year-old Jake McCauley, he's on high alert. What does the mysterious Mr. Shubin do with all that photography equipment? Mr. Shubin says he knew Jake's dad, who went missing in action during World War II. But Jake is skeptical... and he's determined to discover the truth -- no matter what the risk. 

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Nonfiction

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Nonfiction
The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure
Author: Michael Burgan

"It's 1950 and the Communist country of North Korea has invaded its neighboring country of South Korea. The United Nations has stepped in to help South Korea by providing weapons and soldiers. Nearly all of these soldiers come from the United States. Will you: Serve as a pilot in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps? Lie about your age to enlist as a 16-year-old member of the U.S. military reserves? Join in the fight for your country as a young South Korean man?  Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do"... (publisher)

Series:  You choose books

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Nonfiction
The Civil War: An Interactive History Adventure
Author: Matt Doeden
  • "Describes the people and events of the Civil War. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a Union soldier at Gettysburg, a civilian during the siege of Vicksburg, or a Confederate soldier at Chancellorsville"-- publisher.
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  • Plot-your-own stories
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War in Afghanistan: An Interactive Modern History Adventure
Author: Matt Doeden

"The war in Afghanistan is the longest war the United States has ever fought. It's a tough war against a loosely organized and unpredictable enemy. How will you defend your country? Will you: Serve on an Army Ranger rescue team during the Battle of Takur Ghar? Protect a supply convoy as a member of the National Guard? Fight as a Marine aiding the Army Special Forces during Operation Moshtarak? Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do next. The choices you make could lead you to survival or to death."

Series:  Plot-your-own stories

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Nonfiction
Westward Expansion: An Interactive History Adventure
Author: Allison Lassieur

"Describes the people and events of the age of Manifest Destiny and the American West. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of a traveler on the Oregon Trail, a laborer, or a Sioux warrior"--publisher.

Series:  You choose books

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Nonfiction
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Author: Shel Silverstein

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

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Audiobooks

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Audiobooks
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Author: John David Anderson
Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you'll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She's the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don't even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won't be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan--more of a quest, really--to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves.
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The One and Only Bob
Author: Katherine Applegate
Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning novel The One and Only Ivan. In this incredible sequel, Ivan the gorilla's dog friend Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
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The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a lowland gorilla trapped in a mall setting without contact with other gorillas. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has sadly grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends, Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. 

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The Good Dog
Author: Avi

McKinley, a malamute, is the top dog of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. But trouble brews when a she-wolf named Lupin urges the dogs to break free and join her dwindling pack. McKinley is drawn to her wildness, and he's torn between his loyalty to humans and a desire to be free.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Author: Kelly Regan Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away.

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