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Fun Reads for 5th Graders

 

Fiction

Soar by Joan Bauer

Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

 

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

A pen-pal exchange between Illinois sixth grader, Abby, ten year old Amira, and eleven year old Sayeed of Afghanistan becomes an opportunity for them to learn about each others’ religions and cultures.

 

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Series: Spy School

Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.

 

Hollywood, Dead Ahead by Kate Klise

Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road (This is book 5 in the series.)

Enter into a spooky paranormal setting, when film producer Moe Block Busters offers to make a book into a movie. Iggy, Olive, and Seymour head to Hollywood where Olive, furious at being written out of the script, enlists the help of a famed femme fatale to scare the despicable director half to death.

 

Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson

Series: Audacity Jones, Book 1

In 1910, Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan living a monotonous life at Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls, and wondering why nothing exciting ever happens--but when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield whisks her away to Washington D.C., she finds herself involved in a sinister and dangerous plot against the president of the United States.

 

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

Happy to be adopted at last, twelve-year-old orphan Mary Hayes soon learns a terrifying secret about her new mother, the mysterious Madame Z.

 

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

The ghost of Jacob Grimm a famous fairy-tale collector communicates with a lonely boy who is a clairaudient (someone who hears spirits) in this rich and often bone-chilling story. 

 

The Enemy Above by Michael P. Spradlin

In 1942 Anton and his grandmother must find a way to escape the advancing Nazi troops and in particular a zealous Gestapo officer determined to hunt them down and send them off to the death camps.

 

Pie by Sarah Weeks

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe.

 

 

Nonfiction

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

Based on the gripping true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the people who worked to discover her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate.

 

The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World: A True Story by Mary Losure

A narrative nonfiction story, about two cousins, Elsie and Frances, in the early twentieth century who believed they saw fairies and to stop their families from teasing Frances created fake photographs of the fairies, which caught the eye of Arthur Conan Doyle, and fooled the world into believing the fairies were real.

 

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus

Caldecott, the man who could not stop drawing, was born on March 22, 1846 in Chester, England. He began drawing when he was six, but his first jobs were not as an illustrator; instead he served two stints as a bank clerk before finally moving to London in 1872 and beginning a career as a full-time artist.

 

Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook by Lily Rothman

An American history study guide from the creators of Brain Quest.

 

Robots in Law Enforcement by Richard and Louise Spilsbury

Series: Amazing Robots

Explains how robots play a major role in police work and describes how they aid in surveillance, bomb disposal, and traffic enforcement.

 

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

This little-known yet important story of the fight to end school discrimination against Mexican-American children is told with lively text and expressive art.

 

 

 
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