Recommended Books for Students Entering Fifth Grade

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                         Eagle County Charter Academy
                              Books for Students in Fifth Grade
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
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.

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.

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

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!