5th-Grade-Book-List

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wedgie & Gizmo
Author: Suzanne Selfors

While his human Elliot adjusts to his new home and stepfamily, Gizmo, an evil genius guinea pig, searches for a new evil lair where he can plot to take over the world, but Gizmo is constantly thwarted by Elliot's little stepsister Jasmine (who likes to play dress-up), Abuela (who may or may not like to eat cavies), and Wedgie (a Corgi superhero and Gizmo's nemesis).

Book 1, Wedgie & Gizmo series

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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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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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Camping with Unicorns: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure
Author: Dana Simpson

In this graphic novel featuring Phoebe, school's out, so Phoebe and her unicorn best friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, have the entire summer to play games, visit the pool, and even go camping. Unicorn horns are excellent utensils for roasting things over the campfire, too, even if Marigold prefers toasted apples to s'mores.

Graphic Novel:  Call Number Phoebe v.11

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Author: Dana Simpson

It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?

Book 1, Phoebe

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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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Sisters
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Raina can't wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born she realizes things won't be quite what she had expected. Despite Amara's cuteness, she is a cranky, grouchy baby. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years but when their family starts to change, they realize they must figure out how to get along like real sisters.  Also available in Spanish language.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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