SUMMER READING LIST FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 5
Required book: A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
A young girl, Rinko, grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930's, a
time of great prejudice. Read this book carefully. There will be a quiz in September.
Choose TWO additional books to read from the following list:
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
William has a fantastic present in the attic that is able to transport him to another land and another time
for a challenging and exciting adventure.
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
A mechanical prince, a sinister doctor, a deadly knight in armor, and a tormented apprentice clock-maker
are the main characters of this story.
The Devil and His Boy by Anthony Horowitz
In 1593, thirteen-year-old Tom travels through the English countryside to London, where he falls in with a
troupe of actors and finds himself in great danger from several sources.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
In this novel based on Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any
Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Slote
Eleven-year-old Jason, believing the school custodian Mack Henry to be Buck McHenry, a famous pitcher
from the old Negro League, tries to enlist him as a coach for his Little League team by revealing his
identity to the world.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Claudia and her brother Jamie run away from home and take up residence in the Metropolitan Museum of
Haunting at Home Plate by David Patneaude
After they hear stories about their baseball field being haunted by the ghost of a boy who died there many
years ago, twelve-year-old Nelson and his teammates start finding mysterious messages written in the
Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley
is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert.
Just Juice by Karen Hesse
Realizing that her father's lack of work has endangered her family, nine-year-old Juice decides that she
must return to school and learn to read in order to help their chances of surviving and keeping their
The House With a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
Lewis moves in with his uncle, a white magician, then discovers that the former tenant, a magician, has
devised a plan for the end of the world.
Jack on the Tracks by Jack Gantos
Moving with his unbearable sister to Miami, Florida, Jack tries to break some of his bad habits but finds
himself irresistibly drawn to things disgusting, gross, and weird.
Midnight Magic by Avi
In the Kingdom of Pergamontio in 1491, Mangus the Magician and his apprentice are summoned to the
castle of King Claudio to determine if his daughter is indeed being haunted by a ghost.
Number the Stars by 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.
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being
expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
Sammy's habit of speaking her mind gets her into trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of
Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
While backpacking in the desert, Mark falls into a tube of blue light and is transported into a more
primitive world, where he must use his knowledge and skills to survive.
Trolls by Polly Horvath
Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip
to Paris and every night the bedtime story adds another piece to a very entertaining family history.
Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene duBois
This tale relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883
journeys in a balloon across the Pacific Ocean, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is
eventually rescued in the Atlantic Ocean.
The View From the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
Rob admits having seen a murder, but no one believes him--except the murderer.
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a