Fifth Grade Summer Reading Program
Bel Air Elementary
The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality
literature and to continue developing their independent reading skills. Student participation in the
program is voluntary. Students who choose to participate in the program are required to complete a
minimum number of readings over the summer.
Students in Grade 5 will receive an extra A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three. Please include the name
of the author, the title of the book, publishing information, and an explanation of the general topic or plot of the book along
with a parent or guardian signature stating that the student has completed the reading. Completion of the summer
reading will be recorded for students by the end of the second week of school.
To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2009 English SOL score will include a
Lexile Level. The Lexile Level is based on a student’s SOL score on the English portion of the SOL and approximates
his/her reading level. This means a child should be able to read and understand books in a Lexile range of approximately
100 points below to 50 points above the designated score.
Knowing a child’s Lexile range can help to locate books that he/she might enjoy reading. Student interest and motivation
for reading books that are age appropriate are critical factors to consider as book choices are made. Remember that
nothing replaces conversation with the student, his teachers, and librarians in making great choices.
It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors
affect the relationship between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the
design of the actual book. The Lexile measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents should
always consider these other factors when making a decision about which book to choose.
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PWCS Fifth Grade Summer Reading Program
The following titles are suggestions for summer reading. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a parent/guardian
and/or librarian are also acceptable. Participation in the PWC Public Library Summer Reading Program and its documentation are
Titles with a * in front of them are on the 2009-10 Virginia Readers Choice list, a voluntary program in which Bel Air
participates. Bel Air students who participate only need to read 4 books on the VRC list or have the book read to them.
Author Title Annotation
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends,
Whales on stilts 760 Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the
world using an army of whales.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious
Chasing Vermeer 770 Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their
talents to solve an international art scandal.
Banks, I, Houdini : the A boastful hamster with exceptional talent as an escape artist recounts his
Lynne autobiography of a self- 1030 experiences chewing, wriggling, or squeezing his way out of various closed areas
Reid educated hamster in his quest for the great Outside.
The Indian in the
Banks, A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his
Lynne 780 birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in
Reid the cupboard and befriends him.
Nine-year-old Sarah is excited about summer vacation, but she faces unexpected
Bauer, crises when her best friend Paige becomes old enough to join a local girls' clique,
The double-digit club 720
Marion and when she makes choices which affect her relationship with an elderly blind
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The Penderwicks : a
Birdsall, While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four
summer tale of four
Jeanne 800 lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much
sisters, two rabbits, and
to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
a very interesting boy
Runaway Ralph 890 Humorous story of Ralph S. Mouse
Cleary, Ramona tries to cope with her mother's returning to work, monsters under her bed,
Ramona the Brave 820
Beverly and an unsympathetic first-grade teacher.
Dave Packer’s fifth grade class has a reputation for being loud and “unshushable”
After reading about Gandhi’s day of silence once a week, he decides to give
Clements, silence a try. In a ultimate girls vs. boys challenge the students instigate a 48-hour
* No Talking 820
Andrew no-talking contest. Principal and teachers are in shock as the fifth graders try to
respectfully maintain their silence.
Clifford, Help! I'm a Prisoner in Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a
Eth the Library terrible blizzard.
Coman, When Ivy and Ray's parents are sent to jail, and left in the custody of their parent's
The Big House 820
Carolyn accusers, they decide to look for evidence that will "spring" their parents.
Five-year-old genius Matilda finds it easy to get around her horrible parents;
Matilda 840 however, she meets her match with Miss Trunchbull, the headmistress at her
“People-smart” Evan and his younger “math-smart” sister Jessie normally get
along well until a letter arrives revealing that they will be in the same fourth grade
Davies, classroom. Arguments escalate until Evan makes a bet to see who can make the
* Lemonade War 630
Jacqueline most money selling lemonade (winner takes all). Each chapter begins with a brief
description of an economic/business term that relates to the ongoing sibling war.
DeFelice, The Ghost of Fossil Allie knows it's not her imagination when she hears a voice and sees in her mind's
Cynthia C. Glen eye the face of a girl who seems to be seeking Allie's help.
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi,
Because of Winn-Dixie 610 Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog
Toby, an orphan who has always lived in a hotel by the sea, finally finds the love
The fish in room 11 780 and support of a real family when he meets Eliza Flot, the daughter of mermaid
parents who are stranded under the dock.
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A talented young girl gets a chance to meet Abraham Lincoln and create a
Fitzgerald, sculpture of him. After his death, Vinnie is commissioned to create a memorial
* Vinnie and Abraham 880
Dawn statue of the President for the Capitol.
Mallory is jealous when her brother Max gets a dog. She resists accepting the new
dog in the family until an unfortunate event changes her perspective. A
* Mallory vs. Max 620 heartwarming tale that shows brothers and sisters can still be friends even if they
don’t always get along.
A brief biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who
What's the big idea,
Fritz, Jean 830 played an influential role in the early history of the United States.
Ten-year-old Ann overcomes loneliness and learns to appreciate the importance of
Fritz, Jean The cabin faced west 860
her role in settling the wilderness of western Pennsylvania.
Fritz, Jean Brady 880 A young Pennsylvania boy takes part in the pre-Civil War anti-slavery activities.
Who's that stepping on Relates the history of Plymouth Rock from the time of the Pilgrim's landing,
Fritz, Jean 780
Plymouth Rock? through the twentieth century.
The daughter of two magicians, 12-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be
a knight. When her parents are trapped in magic gone wrong, Igraine must show
* Igraine the Brave 900 bravery to help her parents break their spell and to protect the castle and her
friends from a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing the magic books.
Just before his eleventh birthday, Sam, a struggling reader, finds a newspaper
clipping hidden in the attic that seems to suggest he was kidnapped. As
mysterious ideas and thoughts that he can’t quite remember haunt him, he
Patricia * Eleven 600
desperately searches for someone he can trust to help him read the documents and
find the truth about his identity and his beloved grandfather.
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house,
Time for Andrew : a eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his
ghost story great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.
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Traces the abuses and triumphs of the Arabian stallion who became a founding
King of the wind 830 sire of the Thoroughbred breed, and of the mute Arabian boy who tended him as
long as he lived.
Hurwitz, Julio hides his own leadership ambitions to help another candidate win the
Class President 650
Johanna nomination for class president.
The Secret of Platform Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant
13 910 ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to
rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.
Brother Eagle, Sister
Jeffers, A Suquamish Indian chief describes his people's respect and love for the earth,
Sky: A Message from 740
Susan and concern for its destruction.
After her parents inherit money, Emmy is often alone and ignored by almost
* Emmy and the everyone (mostly because she’s so good). When the nasty classroom rat starts
Incredible Shrinking 780 talking with her, she discovers a strange world of rodents. It’s up to Emmy and
Rat animal friends to get her world back to normal.
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his
Kehret, family had been camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to
Earthquake Terror 690
Peg keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help
From the mixed-up Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home and go to New
files of Mrs. Basil E. 700 York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where their ingenuity enables them to live in
Three extraterrestrial beings take Meg and her friends to another world to search
A Wrinkle in Time 740 for her missing father.
After breaking his leg, eleven-year-old Nate feels useless because he cannot work
LaFaye, A. Worth 830 on the family farm in nineteenth-century Nebraska, so when his father brings
home an orphan boy to help with the chores, Nate feels even worse.
The ten Rosso children, spaced a year apart and named alphabetically, find their
Martin, life rambunctious and exciting when their family leaves New York City for a big
Ten kids, no pets 700
Ann M. old farmhouse and new friends.
Naylor, Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice
Roxie and the
Phyllis 930 on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang
Reynolds of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.
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Nelson, When the school in Mayfield Crossing is closed, the students are sent to larger
Vaunda M. Mayfield Crossing 720 schools, where the black children encounter racial prejudice for the first time.
Only baseball seems a possibility for drawing people together.
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for
Island of the Blue
O’Dell, 1000 eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe
Scott emigrated and she was left behind.
Park, Julia, a Korean-American, and her friend Patrick learn about tolerance, friendship,
Project Mulberry 690
Linda Sue and patience while working together on a project about silkworms.
Polacco, When the spooky Graves family moves to town and tries to fit in with the
The Graves family 720
Patricia "normal" residents of Union City, everyone is in for a few surprises.
A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous adventure as they
Pullman, The scarecrow and his
850 try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring
Rockwell, How To Eat Fried
650 Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in
Ryan, Pam Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must
Esperanza Rising 750
Munoz adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the
Scieszka, The frog prince, After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after
Jon continued and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.
Tale of three likable, resilient, and unfortunate Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus,
The bad beginning 1010 and Sunny, in search of a home--stories that are literary and irreverent, hilarious
and deftly crafted.
After their mother’s inauguration KayKay and Annie Granger become intrigued
with the White House’s history, in particular, the Lincoln bedroom and the alleged
St. George, * The Ghost, the White
800 ghost that roams through the rooms. They finally get the gumption and
Judith House, and Me
permission to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom hoping to solve the mystery.
Trivizas, The three little wolves An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf-
Eugenios and the big bad pig -with a surprise ending.
In 1947 Brooklyn, New York, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as
* Dad, Jackie, and Me 610 he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm for baseball and the Dodgers’ first
baseman Jackie Robinson.
Urban, * Crooked Kind of 730 Zoe’s dream of playing the piano at Carnegie Hall has a drawback - she doesn’t
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Linda Perfect have a piano and she doesn’t know how to play. Her eccentric dad tries to help by
buying her the Perfectone D-60, an organ with sound effects. In spite of her
quirky family and new friend, Zoe finds hope and perfection in an imperfect
Vande Caught stealing some goose eggs from a witch, Howard is cursed for his
Velde, Three good deeds 890 heartlessness and turned into a goose himself, and he can only become human
Vivian again by performing three good deeds.
Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the
Wiles, Each Little Bird That funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is
Deborah Sings unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of
Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.
Wright, Christina's summer in a spooky, isolated Victorian house with her grumpy uncle
Christina's ghost 620
Betty Ren turns into a ghostly adventure.
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Prince William County Public Schools
Summer Reading 2009
Documentation Grade 5
Students in Grade 5 will receive an A (100) for each book completed, for a total of three. The
format to use in recording the bibliographic information includes the name of the author, the title of
the book, the location and name of the publisher, and date of publication.
Example: Hovius, Christopher. The Best You Can Be: A Teen’s Guide to Fitness and Nutrition.
Broomall, PA: Mason Crest Publishers, 2005.
Bibliographic information Summary of plot
My student has read the above list of books.
Parent or Guardian signature
**Please note students may also participate in the Prince William County Public Library Summer
Quest Program, and the Public Library documentation will apply.
Student’s Name Classroom Teacher
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