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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