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									                             LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                            2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                               FOR
                              READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                 Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS




The following titles are recommended summer reading books for students who will be
entering fifth grade. Please do not limit yourself to these suggested titles. Reread some
favorites of your own or challenge yourself to a new genre. Here are a few suggestions to
get you started:

FAVORITE FIFTH GRADE AUTHORS

C. S. Lewis                   Gary Paulsen                          Kate DiCamillo
Betsy Byars                   Patricia MacLachlan                   Lemony Snicket
Sharon Creech                 Katherine Paterson                    Andrew Clements
Matt Christopher              Phyllis Reynolds Naylor               Chris Van Allsburg
Avi                           Roald Dahl                            Beverly Cleary
Lois Lowry                    Bruce Coville                         Jon Scieszka
Joanna Hurwitz                Karen Hesse                           Eva Ibbotson
Suzy Kline                    Stephanie Greene                      Robert Kimmel Smith

NEW TITLES! FICTION

THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner’s run-down shack, and two
kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations
in their quest to be reunited and free.

BIRD by Zetta Elliott
Bird, an artistic African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he
struggles to understand his older brother’s drug addiction and death, while a family
friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding.

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child
of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the
community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE by Shannon Hale
Rapunzel, after having grown up in a lovely castle with the woman she thought was her
mother, is placed in a very tall hollow tree as punishment after her curiosity prompts her
to climb the castle wall and look at the ruin of the world beyond her home, but she is able
to escape and with the help of Jack, embarks on a plan to free the land from the grip of
the witch.
                             LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                            2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                               FOR
                              READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                 Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD by J. K. Rowling
Contains five illustrated moral tales for children from the world of Harry Potter,
reportedly discovered and translated by young witch Hermione Granger, with an
introduction and commentary from Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School
of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

42 MILES by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Linked free-verse poems and illustrations depict the challenges a young girl faces as she
grows up and tries to determine who she really wants to be and how she can remain true
to herself.

THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry
A tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children’s literature in which the four
Willoughby children set out to become “deserving orphans” after their neglectful parents
embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an
odious nanny.

EDWARD’S EYES by Patricia MacLachlan
Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each
other, and when he unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful
eyes go to a perfect recipient.

ZORGAMAZOO by Robert Paul Weston (Science Fiction)
Imaginative and adventurous Katrina eludes her maniacal guardian to help Morty, a
member of a vanishing breed of zorgles, with his quest to uncover the fate of the fabled
zorgles of Zorgamazoo as well as other creatures that seem to have disappeared from the
Earth.

FICTION

LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen
A boy, a riding lawn mower, and a stock-broker-business-manager make for financial
success.

SHANGHAI MESSENGER by Andrea Chang
A free-verse novel about eleven-year-old Xiao Mei’s visit with her extended family in
China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also similarities that
bind a family together.

TIME WARP TRIO by Jon Scieszka (series)
Scieszka’s tongue-in-cheek humor sets the pace for his award-winning tales in this zany
series. This wacky trio, Joe, Jodie, and Anna, keeps warping in and out of Brooklyn in
these space-and-time, travel adventures.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                            2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                               FOR
                              READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                 Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket (series)
Tales of three likeable, resilient, and unfortunate orphans in search of a home.

FANTASY

PHYSIC by Angie Sage (The third in a series)
A former queen’s malevolent spirit is accidentally released from an enchanted portrait.
(Book 1 – MAGYK. Book 2 – FLYTE. Book 4 – QUESTE)

WINTER KNIGHTS by Paul Stewart (The Edge Chronicles – Book 8)
Quint’s training at the Knights Academy is threatened by ferocious winter storms.
Book 1 - Beyond the Deep Woods. Book 2 – Stormchaser. Book 3 – Midnight Over
Sanctaphrax. Book 4 The Curse of the Gloamglozer. Book 5 – The Last of the Sky
Pirates. Book 6 – Vox. Book 7 – Freeglader. Book 9 – Clash of the Sky Galleons.

SECRETS OF A DROON by Tony Abbott (series)
Eric, Julie, and Neal stumble upon the magical world of Droon, populated by wizards and
sorcerers, invisible cities, vanishing islands and castles under the sea.

ZATHURA by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they
bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.

PLEASING THE GHOST
Nine-year-old Dennis, whose uncle and father died within a year of one another is visited
by the ghost of his uncle, and together they settle some unfinished business.

THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Kate DiCamillo
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. Kate
DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net
of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobo’s camp. And,
along the way, we are shown a true miracle – which even a heart of the most breakable
kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C. S. Lewis (series)
The adventures of children who play crucial roles in the unfolding history of the realm of
Narnia where some animals talk, magic is rampant, and good is fighting evil.
Book 1 – The Magician’s Nephew. Book 2 – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Book 3 – The Horse and his Boy. Book 4 – Prince Caspian : the Return to Narnia.
Book 5 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Book 6 – The Silver Chair. Book 7 – The
Last Battle.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                             2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                                FOR
                               READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                  Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


REDWALL by Brian Jacques (series)
An epic saga by a master of the animal fantasy genre. The books in this series range
from easy to challenging.

MYSTERY

A-Z MYSTERIES by Ron Roy (series)
With his top-secret detective journal, eye for detail, and ace partner Mila, Jigsaw is
always ready to take on a new case.

CHET GECKO by Bruce Hale (series)
The star of this hilarious, pun-filled mystery series is none other than green-scaled, smart
aleck, fourth grader, Chet Gecko, an intrepid private eye lizard.

SAMMY KEYES by Wendelin VanDraanen (series)
Look out Harriet the Spy, here comes thirteen-year-old Sammy, a resourceful, brave, too-
curious-for-her-own-good young sleuth!

WARRIORS by Erin Hunter (series)
A fascinating feline fantasy – the struggle between ThunderClan, a group of feral cats,
and the enemy, ShadowClan.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS by John Bellairs
A boy goes to live with his magician uncle whose clock is ticking off the minutes until
doomsday.

CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer
painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an
international art scandal.

REALISTIC FICTION

ELEVEN by Patricia Reilly Giff
When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his
eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new
friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are
eventually answered.

BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS by Stephen Manes
Milo, tired of problems with his sister, parents, and classmates finds a book in the library
which promises to make him perfect in just three days.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                             2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                                FOR
                               READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                  Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
Sixth-grader, Phil comes to an awareness of his own racial prejudice after he sees Daniel,
an African American boy, wearing his brother’s one-of-a-kind jacket and leaps to the
conclusion that Daniel has stolen the coat.

MERMAID MARY MARGARET by Lynn E. Hazen
Mary Margaret is a spunky girl with a tough mission. She longs to be a mermaid. She
finally has a chance to fulfill her being-a-mermaid dream by joining in a beachside
wedding dressed as a mermaid. Along the way she learns a little about the ancient world
and a little more about herself.

IDA B…AND HER PLANS TO MAXIMIZE FUN, AVOID DISASTER, AND
(POSSIBLY) SAVE THE WORLD by Katherine Hannigan
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader, Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing
in her family’s apple orchard until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her
parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.

DIVE, ISLAND, EVEREST, KIDNAPPED, or ON THE RUN by Gordon Korman (Five
different series)
Action packed!

MAIN STREET by Anastasia Suen (series)
Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But, they don’t have a choice—
their parents are dead and their grandmother Min is taking them in. It’s strange to be in a
new place, but luckily, it’s a very welcoming place.

MAIN STREET SCHOOL: KIDS WITH CHARACTER by Anastasia Suen (series)
These first-person narratives teach about honesty, respect, patriotism, loyalty, as well as
other positive character traits, with brilliant illustrations.

HISTORICAL FICTION

DEAR AMERICA – Series
MY NAME IS AMERICA – Series
MY AMERICA – Series
These three series are written in journal format by award-winning authors. The stories
focus on the character and daily life of people who lived at the time, with the politics or
historical events as a backdrop. Also, the characters in the series live on in future books.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                            2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                               FOR
                              READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                 Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


NONFICTION also includes BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY (informational)
Follow your interests. What information are you craving to know? What do you
wonder? What do you want to know more about? Read about animals, reptiles,
amphibians, birds, insects, history, astronomy, sports, music, countries of the world,
languages, people, etc. These books are about actual, real-life subjects. Find a topic
you’re curious about and READ! READ! READ!

NEW TITLES—NONFICTION

ALL STATIONS! DISTRESS! APRIL 15, 1912, THE DAY THE TITANIC SANK by
Don Brown
Presents an illustrated account of the Titanic’s deadly voyage on April 12, 1912, when
two thousand passengers, rich and poor alike, fought to survive the tragedy while
partially filled lifeboats launched into the night with seven hundred people as some
family members stayed behind.

EXTREME ANIMALS : THE TOUGHEST CREATURES ON EARTH
by Nicola Davies
Describes the physical characteristics and biological processes that enable particular
animals to survive in extremely hot and cold climates.

BEACH BIOLOGY by Avelyn Davidson
Photographs, illustrations, and text introduce children to the beach environment,
describing the plants, animals, and fish found on and along the world’s coasts, as well as
the natural and man-made forces that shape them.

WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE by Russell Freedman
Provides an account of the six months during which the soldiers in George Washington’s
command camped at Valley Forge, enduring the harsh winter of 1777-78 without
adequate food, clothing, or blankets.

THE LINCOLNS : A SCRAPBOOK LOOK AT ABRAHAM AND MARY by Candace
Fleming (Collective Biography)
A dual biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, using photographs, letters,
engravings, and cartoons to look at their childhoods, courtship, marriage, children, and
other joys and traumas of their years together, including their deaths.

OUR WHITE HOUSE : LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT
A collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry that traces the
history of the White House through the eyes of the children who have lived and visited
there.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                             2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                                FOR
                               READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                  Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


A IS FOR ART : AN ABSTRACT ALPHABET by Stephen Johnson
Abstract works of art, including collages, paintings, and sculptures, by Stephen Johnson
illustrate each letter of the alphabet.

WILD TRACKS! : A GUIDE TO NATURE’S FOOTPRINTS by Jim Arnosky
Presents detailed illustrations of life-size paw, claw, and hoof prints; and explains how to
identify tracks and how fast the animal might be traveling.

AFGHAN DREAMS : YOUNG VOICES OF AFGHANISTAN by Tony O’Brien
Presents stories of young people in Afghanistan, including street workers, students, and
pickpockets, who long for peace in their neighborhoods.

WE ARE THE SHIP : THE STORY OF THE NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL
by Kadir Nelson
Explores the history of Negro League Baseball teams, discussing owners, players,
hardships, wins and losses; and including illustrations.

KNUCKLEHEAD : TALL TALES & MOSTLY TRUE STORIES ABOUT GROWING
UP SCIESZKA by Jon Scieszka (Autobiography)
Presents a memoir of what it was like to grow up in the 1950s and other almost true
stories by American children’s author Jon Scieszka.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER by Tonya Bolden (Biography)
A biography of American botanical researcher and agronomy educator, George
Washington Carver, whose work to promote alternative crops in the post-war South
played a major role in revolutionizing Southern agriculture.

WHEN THE WOLVES RETURNED : RESTORING NATURE’S BALANCE IN
YELLOWSTONE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Discusses how the wolf, once returned to Yellowstone National Park, helped restore
balance to the ecosystem by minimizing the predation of coyotes on smaller creatures,
keeping the elk herd on the run, thereby helping more aspen and willow trees to grow,
and influencing other previously misunderstood dynamics.

BOYS OF STEEL : THE CREATORS OF SUPERMAN by Marc Tyler Nobleman
(Collective Biography) Relates the story of Cleveland teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe
Shuster’s creation of Superman.

KING GEORGE – WHAT WAS HIS PROBLEM? By Steve Sheinkin
Presents an informal history of the American Revolution, covering the Stamp Act, Paul
Revere, and the battle of Ticonderoga; and includes extracts from letters, memorable
quotes, and line illustrations.
                              LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
                             2009 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS
                                                FOR
                               READERS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE
                                  Ms. Patricia K. Iacobelli, SLMS


ANIMAL HEROES :TRUE RESCUE STORIES by Sandra Markle
Contains true accounts of animals who have protected or rescued their owners or other
humans in dangerous situations.

QUEST FOR THE TREE KANGAROO : AN EXPEDITION TO THE CLOUD
FOREST OF NEW GUINEA by Sy Montgomery
Full-color, illustrated photographs provide detailed information on the search for the tree
kangaroo in Papua New Guinea’s cloud forest, and describes its habits, behaviors, and
characteristics.

WALT WHITMAN : WORDS FOR AMERICA by Barbara Kerley (Biography)
A biography of the American poet whose compassion led him to nurse the soldiers during
the Civil War, to give voice to the nation’s grief at Lincoln’s assassination, and to capture
the true American spirit in verse.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, SPYMASTER : HOW THE AMERICANS OUTSPIED
THE BRITISH AND WON THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR by Thomas B. Allen
Examines how George Washington used espionage during the American Revolutionary
War, discussing the Culper Ring, the Sons of Liberty, codes, ciphers, and more.

POETRY

THE SNACK SMASHER AND OTHER REASONS IT’S NOT MY FAULT
by Andrea Perry
Poems about the sneaky villains that cause life’s little annoyances.

OMNIBEASTS : ANIMAL POEMS AND PAINTINGS by Douglas Florian
An illustrated collection of forty-four rhyming poems about animals by the famous author
of children’s poetry.

Titles by Jack Prelutsky, Douglas Florian, Shel Silverstein, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Eloise
Greenfield, & Langston Hughes, to name a few!

								
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