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Recommendations from a former 5th grader- you can go to the website here which will allow you to click on the books and take you right to amazon to learn more about them. 


5th Grade Realistic Fiction

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Even though this book is sad, I still really liked it.

One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt

The main character, Carly, had a difficult childhood but in the end, she finds out that she can be anything she wants to be. My older sister met the author at her middle school and she says she is amazing. Carly is like the author.

Schooled by Gordon Korman

It’s about a kid with an unusual childhood and he has to go into the real world without even being in the real world.

The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War series) by Jacqueline Davies

This book was really easy but it had a nice twist at the end. I met the author at a book talk and she lives near me.

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

We read this book in school and had to do a project on it. There are individual little books inside it that make up one big story. It’s really good. We weren’t allowed to read two of the stories at school so I found it at the public library and checked it out to read them. One is about a pregnant teenager and the other is about a boy who wanted to plant something illegal but plants something else instead.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

It wasn’t my favorite book but it was good. I wouldn’t have chosen it myself but since it was assigned, I had to read it. It was alright. I didn’t want to really keep reading. If it was my choice, I would have abandoned it. But I never would have picked it in the first place. But it was ok.

5th Grade Action Adventure

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

This was my book club book and it got really, really good at the end. 

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

I met Grace Lin and she taught me how to draw. Her book was good because she has little folk tales throughout the book that were interlinked and made the book make sense.

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye

This book was very interesting because it was about this princess with a curse and a blessing.

5th Grade Realistic Fiction with Special Needs Characters

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Oh, this was soo good. It’s about this girl who can’t move or talk but she’s really smart but no one knows that.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

met this author too. It’s about a boy who has a facial disorder and he has to go through school facing his problems and bullies because before he was home schooled.

Rocky Road by Rose Kent

This book reminded me of One for the Murphys a lot because the mother was bi-polar and the kid had to go through life without a parent figure. It was really good.

Historical Fiction

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

That was really good too. It’s about a girl who has to face the Yellow Fever and struggles through it, kind of, mentally. More mentally than physically.

Chains (Seeds of America) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Oooh, this was our book group classroom reading. It’s a good book. It’s sad. It’s about a slave who has a crazy owner and she gets abused.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

I really liked this book because it was about the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panthers in Northern California and we don’t study that at all.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

My teacher recommended this book to me. It’s about the Holocaust. The main character is Christian but her best friend is Jewish. It’s about her escape to Sweden.

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

It’s about a girl who is very shy but finds her voice through her best friend. But her best friend is black and she lives in a segregated community and she has to find ways to see her friend but it’s very dangerous because they don’t support white people seeing black people.



Here are a few more of my favorites......

The Indian in the Cupboard. Omri is disappointed when he gets a small plastic Indian for his birthday. Little does he know that when he locks the Indian in a cupboard the toy will transform into a real live warrior named Little Bear. Grades 3-5.

 

 

Ella Enchanted. At birth, Ella is given the gift of obedience from a fairy. But as Ella gets older, she starts to consider her gift a curse instead, and she goes on a quest to bread it. Grades 3-5.

 

 

Mathilda. Young Mathilda is sent to boarding school where the menacing headmistress makes it her mission in life to terrorize the children. When Mathilda decides to fight back, she realizes she has extraordinary powers. Grades 3-5.

 

 

Bridge to Teribithia. Jess and Leslie are best friends who create an imaginary kingdom in the woods called Teribithia, where they are king and queen. The book explores the friendship that brings them together and the tragedy that pulls them apart. Grades 3-5.

 

 

The One and Only Ivan. Ivan is a gorilla who has spent the last 27 years of his life in a glass enclosure in a shopping mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, everything changes. Grades 3-5.

 

 

The Tale of Desperaux. Desperaux a mouse who’s in love with a princess who breaks the rules and communicates with humans. In punishment, he’s sent to live with (or be eaten by) the rats. Will Desperaux escape to claim the princess’ hand? Grades 3-5.

 

 

The Phantom Tollbooth. Milo thinks everything is a waste of time, until a phantom tollbooth appears in his room. He drives through into a strange land where just about everything is a play on words and has a wonderful adventure. Grades 3-5.

 

 

Tuck Everlasting. The Tuck family unknowingly drank from a magic spring, which froze them at their current ages and blessed (or cursed) them with everlasting life. Things get messy when their secret gets out… Grades 4-6.

 

 

Number the Stars. Set in Denmark during WWII, this book tells the story of 10 year old Annemarie and her family as they help smuggle her friend Ellen’s family out of Denmark before the Nazis round up all the Jews in the country. Grades 4-6.

 

 

Where the Red Fern Grows. When Billy gets his first pair of coonhound pops he’s determined to make them into the greatest hunting team ever. The book follows their adventured together in the Ozark mountains. When tragedy hits, Billy learns the Native American legend of the red fern. Grades 4-6.

 

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins. Based on a true story, The Island of the Blue Dolphins tells the story of a girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. She defends herself from wild dogs, finds food and fashions clothes from what’s available on the island. A timeless adventure story. Grades 4-7.

 

 

Freak the Mighty. This is the story of the unlikely friendship of two boys: a teenage giant with a learning disability and a difficult past, and a tiny genius with a serious birth defect. Together they become an invincible duo. Grades 4-7.

 

 

Smile. In this graphic novel (memoir), Raini is a normal preteen, until she falls and knocks out her two front teeth. Then comes braces, surgery, headgear, an earthquake, boy problems, and friend problems in this funny coming of age story. Grades 4-7.

 

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. A 13-year-old girl finds herself in a perilous situation on board a transatlantic ship with a mutinous crew and a cruel captain. Grades 4-8.

 

 

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia runs away, she decides she wants to go somewhere special, and so she plans her escape to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her brother Jamie explore the museum, taking baths in a fountain, and uncover a mystery waiting to be solved. Grades 4-8.

 

 

Everything on a Waffle. Even though Primrose is quite certain her parents didn’t perish at sea like everyone else seems to think so, she’s still an orphan, at least for the time being. Kids will love the tales of her constant mis-adventures. Grades 4-8.

 

 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond. When lonely Kit Tyler makes friends with elderly Hannah, she doesn’t realize the townspeople suspect Hannah of being a witch. Set in the 1600s, this is a fascinating historical tale and Newberry winner. Grades 5-8.

 

 

The Westing Game. 16 people are called together for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will, and each one of the is a possible heir to his huge fortune. This is a clever, suspenseful mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end. Grades 5-8.

 

 

Bud, Not Buddy. It’s the middle of the great depression, and Bud’s tired of being treated badly in foster care, so he runs away to find the man he’s convinced is his father. Things don’t go quite as well as he expects, but Bud’s not discouraged. Grades 5-8.

 

 

The Book of a Thousand Days. In this retelling of a brothers Grimm fairy tale, Ashti is a servant to lady Saran, both of whom are locked in a tower for seven years because Saran refuses to marry the man chosen for her by her father. Grades 5-9.

 

 

The Graveyard Book. Bod is a unique boy who lives in a unique place: he’s the only living inhabitant of a graveyard. Surrounded by the ghosts of the people buried there, Bod learns why the man who murdered his parents is out to find him and what he must do to elude him. Grades 6-8.

 

 

The Blue Sword. Harry Crewe is an orphaned girl who’s bored by her ordinary life until she is kidnapped by Corlath, king of the magical Hillfolk people. Adventures and romance ensue. Grades 6-8.

 

 

The Egypt Game. Six friends get together in an abandoned storage yard to play the Egypt game, which includes holding ceremonies and working on secret codes. But when things start to go wrong and a mysterious death occurs, they begin to wonder if the game has gone too far. Grades 6-8.

 

 

Hoot. Things aren’t going so well for Roy at his new school in Florida – no real friends but plenty of bullies. But things are about to get better: he meets Beatrice, a tall no-nonsense girl who might become a friend, and together they uncover a mystery involving a runaway boy and some miniature owls. Grades 6-8.

 

 

Touching Spirit Bear. Instead of serving time in juvenile detention, Cole is given the option to spend a year alone on a remote Alaskan island, where he learns about survival and himself. Grades 6-8.





 
Books for Reluctant Readers in

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth


Boys:
The first in a series of fun books; there is a movie based on the book.


These historical fictions are great quick reads with a lot of action about all sorts of various events through history.  It's a series with plenty of books to read.   


Girls:
This novel is a quick read written in free verse poetry.  Poetry may scare some, but it is a easy to understand and a fun read by that.  There is a follow up book, Hate that Cat that is just as enjoyable.  


This illustrated novel series is large with a lot of fun books to read.                


Both:
I love this historical fiction, that recently published a couple more in the series.  It's a fun read with lovable character, and it's sent on Alcatraz, a jail.  Everyone will love this, and it makes for a great read aloud.  


Funny and humorous book about a setting kids can relate to and can't get enough of. 


The 39 Clues series are written by all different authors, but it is one continuous story.  Fun action, mystery book that makes for a great read aloud for a parent or teacher. 

Fifth 


Boys
This is the perfect book for boys that love humor and all things Star Wars related.  This shorter book with illustrations throughout is the first in the series. 


This Million Dollar sports series are all around fun to read b/c it combines some of my favorite things, sports and humor.  Kids that are into sports will enjoy this series. Gutman is a great author. 


Girls
This book series is based on a doll series by Mattel, like Monster High, but much better. The premise of using characters known through common fairytales makes it perfect for a reluctant reader.  It's a fun read for elementary aged girls.  
For my thoughts/comments click here

This Newbery Honor winner is the sweetest story about a dog.  It is perfect for those that love pets, and it even has a movie based on it that you can enjoy after you read it.  This makes a great read aloud.
         

       
Both
This action and adventure book, written by the Survivor host, is perfect for reluctant readers.  Possibly telling your reader it is written by theSurvivor might make it more enticing. 


This is an absolute fabulous book, with a movie that follows it almost perfectly.  There is a sequel of sorts, but I still like Holes the best. 


This book is huge; it's Harry Potter Goblet of Fire huge.  However, it is a fast read b/c of the pictures.  This illustrated novel won the Caldecott (best pictures).  The pictures, that tell the story are great, but there is also a movie based on the book. 
Books for Reluctant Readers in

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth


Boys:
The first in a series of fun books; there is a movie based on the book.


These historical fictions are great quick reads with a lot of action about all sorts of various events through history.  It's a series with plenty of books to read.   


Girls:
This novel is a quick read written in free verse poetry.  Poetry may scare some, but it is a easy to understand and a fun read by that.  There is a follow up book, Hate that Cat that is just as enjoyable.  


This illustrated novel series is large with a lot of fun books to read.                


Both:
I love this historical fiction, that recently published a couple more in the series.  It's a fun read with lovable character, and it's sent on Alcatraz, a jail.  Everyone will love this, and it makes for a great read aloud.  


Funny and humorous book about a setting kids can relate to and can't get enough of. 


The 39 Clues series are written by all different authors, but it is one continuous story.  Fun action, mystery book that makes for a great read aloud for a parent or teacher. 

Fifth 


Boys
This is the perfect book for boys that love humor and all things Star Wars related.  This shorter book with illustrations throughout is the first in the series. 


This Million Dollar sports series are all around fun to read b/c it combines some of my favorite things, sports and humor.  Kids that are into sports will enjoy this series. Gutman is a great author. 


Girls
This book series is based on a doll series by Mattel, like Monster High, but much better. The premise of using characters known through common fairytales makes it perfect for a reluctant reader.  It's a fun read for elementary aged girls.  
For my thoughts/comments click here

This Newbery Honor winner is the sweetest story about a dog.  It is perfect for those that love pets, and it even has a movie based on it that you can enjoy after you read it.  This makes a great read aloud.
         

       
Both
This action and adventure book, written by the Survivor host, is perfect for reluctant readers.  Possibly telling your reader it is written by theSurvivor might make it more enticing. 


This is an absolute fabulous book, with a movie that follows it almost perfectly.  There is a sequel of sorts, but I still like Holes the best. 


This book is huge; it's Harry Potter Goblet of Fire huge.  However, it is a fast read b/c of the pictures.  This illustrated novel won the Caldecott (best pictures).  The pictures, that tell the story are great, but there is also a movie based on the book.