Grade 5

Suggestions for Summer Reading
Angleberger, Tom                   The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
 
Barrow, Randi G                    Saving Zasha
In 1945 Russia, those who own German shepherds are considered traitors, but thirteen-year-old Mikhail and his family are determined to keep the dog a dying man brought them, while his classmate Katia strives to learn his secret.
 
Bond, Victoria and Simon, T.R.         Zora and Me
Future storyteller Zora Hurston and her friends investigate a bizarre murder in their small town.
 
Burg, Ann E.               All the Broken Pieces: a Novel in Verse
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.
 
Buyea, Rob                 Because of Mr. Terupt
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher", Mr. Terupt.
 
Choldenko, Gennifer              No Passengers Beyond This Point
It all starts when Finn, India, and Mouse's mom loses their house to foreclosure, even after everything she does to save it.  When their journey takes them on an unexpected detour, they are pitted in a race against time. 
 
Connor, Leslie             Waiting for Normal
Addie's mother has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, her way or no way. All-or-nothing never adds up to normal, and it can't bring Addie all to home, where she wants to be with her half-sisters. But Addie never stops hoping that one day, maybe, she'll find normal.
 
Coy, John        Love of the Game
Sixth-grader Jackson has a rough start in middle school, with bullies on the bus, few classes with his friends, and changes at home but some good teachers, meeting a girl, joining a club, and playing football soon turn things around
 
Deedy, Carmen Agra              The Cheshire Cheese Cat: a Dickens of a Tale
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.
 
 
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)                   Out of My Mind
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.
 
Erskine, Katherine                  Mockingbird
Caitlin has Asperger's.  The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing.  Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon has died, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. In her search for closure, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be black and white after all.
 
Giff, Patricia Reilly                 Storyteller
Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feels a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.
 
Grimes, Nikki              Planet Middle School
A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin's transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl. 

Hahn, Mary Downing             Closed for the Season: a Mystery Story
When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.
 
Hobbs, Will                 Take Me to the River
When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.
 
Jacobson, Jennifer                   Small as an Elephant
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.
 
Juster, Norton             The Phantom Tollbooth
Milo, a bored ten-year-old comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey.            
 
Kehret, Peg                 Runaway Twin
Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington, to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.
 
 
 
Kelly, Jacqueline         The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
 
Key, Watt                   Alabama Moon
After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life.
 
Lai, Thanhha               Inside Out & Back Again
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
 
Levine, Kristin            The Lions of Little Rock
In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
 
L’Engle, Madeline                  A Wrinkle in Time
Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, this is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
 
Mass, Wendy              Every Soul a Star 
Three young teens witness a total solar eclipse and are changed forever in this novel, told in alternating narratives, that weaves exciting astronomy facts into the teens’ personal lives.
 
Mull, Brandon             A World Without Heroes
Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins rebels trying to destroy the malicious wizard emperor, Surroth.
 
Palacio, R. J.               Wonder
Ten-year-old Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan.  He struggles to be seen as just another student while enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates.
 
Patterson, James          Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life
When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.
 
Scaletta, Kurtis           Mamba Point
Linus discovers that he has a mystical connection with the black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in Africa, which he is told will give him some of the snake's characteristics.
 
 
Soup, Cuthbert            A Whole Nother Story
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, but spies and government agents have been pursuing them for two years and are about to catch up.
 
Stead, Rebecca           When You Reach Me
Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, and for some inexplicable reason, her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it's because she's caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it's because she's been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future.
 
Turnage, Sheila                       Three Times Lucky
Mo LoBeau was washed ashore as a baby in North Carolina.  Now she’s eleven, and she and her best friend turn detective when a local café owner seems to be implicated in a murder.
 
Whelan, Gloria            Small Acts of Amazing Courage
In 1919, independent-minded fifteen-year-old Rosalind lives in India with her English parents, but is sent "home" to London, where she has never been before and where her older brother died, to stay with her two aunts. 

Williams-Garcia, Rita              One Crazy Summer
In 1968, during the height of the Black Panther movement, three girls spend the summer with the mother who abandoned them years ago.
 
Vanderpool, Clare                   Moon Over Manifest
Abilene has been sent to live with an old friend in her father’s his hometown of Manifest, Kansas, for the summer while he works a railroad job. It seems that Manifest's history is full of colorful and shadowy characters and long-held secrets. And as Manifest's secrets are laid bare, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.
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