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Suggested Adventure/Survival Fiction for Fifth Grade


Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Also available in: e-audiobook

Alice falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

Beryl : a Pig's Tale by Jane Simmons

Tired of being mistreated and cooped up, Beryl the piglet escapes her farm and meets a group of wild pigs, whose settlement splits up over the decision of whether to let her stay.  With her new "family," she sets out to find a new home.

The Contest by Gordon Korman

Four climbers, winners of an American Junior Alpine Association contest, vie to become the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

Thirteen-year-old Eggbert, a planter's son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain trying to kill him for his connection to a hidden treasure.

The Discovery by Gordon Korman

Kaz, Dante, Adriana, and Star aren't the best divers in the world. But they've been chosen to spend the summer exploring the depths of the sea. There are only a few problems. First, the sharks. Killer sharks. Then the fact that the people running the program are covering up something big... and mysterious.

Dogsong : a Novel by Gary Paulsen

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.

Edison's Gold by Geoff Watson

Tom Edison and his friends become embroiled in a mystery involving his "double-great" grandfather's inventions, a secret society, and a vendetta being carried out by a descendant of inventor Nikola Tesla.

The Empty City by Erin Hunter

In the aftermath of the Big Growl that destroyed his city, a Lone Dog named Lucky must find a way to work with other dogs in order to survive in this frightening new world.

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr
Also available in: audiobook

Nim loves her island home and the animals she shares it with even while her scientist father is away doing research.  However, trouble is on the way and a new e-mail friend could be the only one who can help.

Wildfire run by Dee Garretson

A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.

A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.