fifth grade

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.

Cleopatra, daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory

While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood!

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".

Presents the latest entry in the graphically illustrated series featuring artwork by such rising contributors as Johane Matte, Steve Hamaker, and Faith Erin Hicks.

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.

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, and with her new "family" she sets out to find a new home.

After the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.

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.

Twelve-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon friend Roderick, Percival, Abbey, and Barclay Bone, warrior-priest Randolf, and forest-woman Lorimar join in a quest to find the pieces of the Spark that can save Dreaming-- and the Waking World-- from a Darkness created by the Nacht.

Bongo fishing by Thacher Hurd

Berkeley, California, middle-schooler Jason Jameson has a close encounter of the fun kind when Sam, a bluish alien from the Pleiades, arrives in a 1960 Dodge Dart spaceship and invites Jason to go fishing.

Fiction

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is spared from suspicion. 

Esperanza rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants they were accustomed to on Rancho de las Rosas. Now they must confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

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.

Fall of heroes by Jeramey Kraatz

Masquerading as a new group of superheroes, the evil Cloak Society has taken over Sterling City--and ex-villain Alex Knight must bring them to justice once and for all.

Hero by Mike Lupica

Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.

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.

The Indian school by Gloria Whelan

In 1839, newly orphaned eleven-year-old Mary goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in northern Michigan.

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 this "Wendy Girl's" love of adventure brings changes that are not enjoyed by all of Neverland's inhabitants.

Bewitched in Oz by Laura J Burns

Sorcery is forbidden in the land of Oz, so for two years Zerie, Vashti, and Tabitha have practiced magic in secret, fearing that otherwise their talents will be taken away--but when they are finally exposed they discover that there are more dangerous secrets in Oz than they ever suspected.

The broken spell by Erika McGann

Bored with studying pure theory, Grace and her four best friends jump at the chance to learn practical witchcraft from the glamorous Ms. Gold, but they make a magical mistake that drags the past into the present.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Game time, Mallory! by Laurie B. Friedman

Mallory is excited to participate in a new girls' basketball league, although she has never played and her best friends are not interested, but as the worst player on her team, she realizes she has a lot to learn.

Lacrosse firestorm by Matt Christopher

Eleven-year-old Garry, embarrassed when his unathletic brother joins his lacrosse team, faces a bigger problem when the team bully turns on both of them.

Outfield outcast by Jake Maddox

Malcolm is used to being the star first-baseman of his middle school team, but this year he has serious competition from a former benchwarmer, so he finds himself stuck in the outfield-- and having to learn to put the team first.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Also available in: audiobook

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart." Similar to Raina Telgemeier's style, if you're looking for more in this vein, check Thorndyke's blog post.

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