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Suggested Michigan Stories For Fifth Grade

 

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

Magical adventures in Michigan by Leigh A. Arrathoon

Through the wizard apprentice, Mancini, author Leigh Arrathoon celebrates Native American culture while weaving together the Michigan vacation adventures of the Murphy family. Ride along as they visit Holland, Greenfield Village, the Upper Peninsula, Frankenmuth and more.

Once on this island by Gloria Whelan

Twelve-year-old Mary and her older brother and sister tend the family farm on Michigan's Mackinac Island while their father is away fighting the British in the War of 1812.

Yolonda's genius by Carol Fenner

After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.