5/18/09 Eagle County Charter Academy Books for Students in Fifth Grade Adventure Skeleton Key (series) by Anthony Horowitz 5.1 Reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider, on a routine mission at the Wimbledon tennis championships’ gets caught up in Chinese gangs, illegal nuclear weapons, and suspect plans of his Russian host, General Sarov Everest: The contest Book One (series) by Gordon Korman RL 5.1-5.5 Four climbers, winners of and American Junior Alpine Association contest, wie to become the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Dive: The Discovery Book One (series) by Gordon Korman RL 5.3-5.8 Four adolescents interning as research divers for the summer find themselves searching for a centuries-old treasure and fending off killer sharks. Julie of the Wolves (series) by Jean Craighead George RL 5.6 While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the north slope Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. Go Big or Go Home: A Novel by Will Hobbs RL 5.6 Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady’s close encounter with a meteorite after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom. Mystery Half Moon Investigators by Eoin Colfer RL 4.8 Twelve-year-old online detective school graduate Fletcher Moon – who suffers the nickname “Half Moon” because of his small size – helps to solve crimes for his classmates and others in his small Irish town, but things start to go wrong when he is asked to find a reported stolen lock of pop star’s hair and ends up an arson suspect Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements RL 5.0 Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing. Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things (series) by Wendelin Van Draanen RL 5.8 While on her first hiking and camping trip, 13-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, tricks and embarrassments. Harriet the Spy by Lois Fitzhugh RL 5.9 Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates & neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge. Scat by Carl Hiaasen RL 6.0 Nick and Marta are both suspicious when their biology teacher, the feared Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappears, and together they try to uncover the truth despite the police and headmaster’s insistence that nothing is wrong. Fantasy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (series) by J.K. Rowling RL 5.3 Rescued from the outrageous neglect from his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll RL 5.7 A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters. The Graveyard Book, By Neil Gainmen 2009 Newberry 5.7. The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and is raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Disappearing Bike Shop by Elvira Woodruff. RL 5.8 Fifth-graders Freckle and Tyler meet an unusual bicycle salesman and inventor who turns out to be Leonardo da Vinci, traveling through time. Science Fiction A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle RL 5.0 Meg Murry, her brother Charles and their friend Calvin embark on a journey through time and space, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Meg’s father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel Science Fiction con’t Pendragon (series) by D.J. MacHale RL 5.3 Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon, a Traveler who can ride “flumes” through time and space, travels to an alternative dimension travels to alternative dimension of Denduron to save the gentle Milagro people from slavery, tries to locate the legendary lost land of Farr, which may hold the key to survival of the water-covered territory of Coral, and journeys to 1937 New York City to uncover a plot by the evil Saint Dane. The City of Ember (series) by Jeanne DuPrau RL 5.6 The city of Ember is an underground city where children begin work at 12. Because of the corrupt mayor, the city of Ember is running out of supplies and the generator that keeps the city lit is dying. Two children, Lina and Doon find a piece of parchment with a puzzle on it. Together they try to decipher the message and help the city. Realistic Fiction Schooled by Gordon Korman RL 4.9 Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in public school If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko RL 5.1 Kirsten and Walk, seventh graders at an elite private school, describe how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate. The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements RL 5.4 Fifth-grader Jack finds himself the target of ridicule at school when it becomes known that his father is on of the janitors, and he turns his anger onto his father Heat (series) by Mike Lupica 5.6 Mike has grown up next to Yankee Stadium and has dreamed of playing in the Little League World series. He has the talent to lead the team – but his age comes into question and he is benched until he can provide proof. Unfortunately, the only proof was left behind in his native Cuba. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor 5.8 Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother’s erratic behaviors and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she & her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York. The Chocolate Wars by Robert Cormier RL 5.9 A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies. Historical Fiction Elephant Run by Roland Smith RL 5.0 Nick’s father and others are taken prisoner when his plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941, leaving Nick and his friend Mya to risk their lives in order to free them from the POW camp. Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson RL 5.0 In 1793 Philadelphia, fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene RL 5.2 This extraordinary novel is about an unlikely friendship between a Jewish girl and a young German soldier during World War II. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis RL 5.4 Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out to search for the man he believes to be his father – the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Bound by Donna Jo Napoli RL 5.4 In this novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that she alone might marry well. . Remember if these books are too hard look at the 4th grade list – if these books are too easy look at the 6th grade list. Happy Reading!