5th Grade

 

Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories.  Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

In an alternate 1826 London, Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects.

During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

 

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The boy who dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.

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.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Courtney Crumrin and her family move into the Victorian mansion of their rich uncle, Professor Aloysius Crumrin, and almost immediately she encounters strange creatures in dark corners that her uncle refers to as "Night Things."

 

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.

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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.

 

Ready to hide under the covers to avoid the bumps and spooks outside your window? Here's a collection of spine-tingling stories. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The dead boys by Royce Buckingham

Timid twelve-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in eastern Washington, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, eats children and the friends Teddy makes turn out to be dead.

Doll bones by Holly Black

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

 

Looking for something to read that will tickle your funny bone?  Try one of these humorous books.  Some titles will give you a chuckle, while others will make you burst out with laughter.  Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Why did the chicken cross the road? TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! Jesse and his friends hatch a master plan... but can a gang of kids defeat an army of angry robot chickens?

With a school Talent Bonanza coming up, there is only one thing that can keep fifth-grader Louie Burger from taking a big step toward his dream of becoming a world-famous comedian: extreme stage fright.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Fifth Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Fifth Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J FICTION and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

 

Looking for superheroes like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man? Try checking out one of these super-powered stories. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Archvillain by Barry Lyga

Twelve-year-old Kyle Camden develops greater mental agility and superpowers during a plasma storm that also brings Mighty Mike, an alien, to the town of Bouring, but while each does what he thinks is best, Kyle is labeled a villain and Mike a hero.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

As monsters roam Acropolis and swallow children into their shadowy underworld, twelve-year-old superhero Battling Boy steps in to save the city in the absence of genius vigilante Haggard West.

 

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.

 

Explore this selection of great sci-fi and fantasy reads. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Alien in a bottle by Kathy Mackel

With the help of a star-gazing classmate and an unusual assortment of aliens from outer space, teenager Sean Winger tries to find a way to convince his parents to let him pursue his dream of becoming a glass blower.

Always Neverland by Zoe Barton

Ashley is whisked away from her home by Peter Pan to help the Lost Boys with spring cleaning, but her love of adventure brings changes that are not enjoyed by all of Neverland's inhabitants.

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