Common Core Standards for 5th Grade (RL 5.9)
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g. mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
When farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly sent to a secret government facility for exceptional children.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea.
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
When Amy agrees to babysit Kendra Edgerton, she has no idea she is stepping into a kidnapping plot.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After a plane crash, Brian spends time alone in the Canadian wilderness learning to survive both the wilderness and his parent’s divorce.
The Great Wide Sea by Madaline Herlong
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip and have a harrowing adventure at sea.
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by one boy, his family, and friends.
Earthquake by Peg Kehret
When an earthquake hits the area where Jonathan Palmer and his family are camping, he must find a way to keep himself and his sister and dog alive until help arrives.
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
When a boy disappears on the famous London Eye ferris wheel, it is up to his cousin Ted, whose brain is “wired differently” to find him before it is too late.
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
A beetle and his human friend work together to help recover a famous drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dystopia and Oppressive Governments
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke who is a third child in hiding meets another “third” who convinces him that the government is wrong.