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.

Be light like a bird by Monika Schröder

After the death of her father, twelve-year-old Wren finds her life thrown into upheaval. And when her mother decides to pack up the car and forces Wren to leave the only home she's ever known, the family grows even more fractured. As she and her mother struggle to build a new life, Wren must confront issues with the environment, peer pressure, bullying, and most of all, the difficulty of forgiving those who don't deserve it.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
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Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons, all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems, and running away from them, until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

 

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 won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. This Newbery Honor Winner was also made into a movie in 2005.

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

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.

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This book presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood, including summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school. You may also be interested in his quirky writings.

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and later immigrated to Canada.  This book is part of Michel's effort to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world.

Great Fifth Grade Reads

Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:

The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small

An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold

Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett; with artwork by Brett Helquist

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley; pictures by Peter Ferguson

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

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