My Booklist

  • 5th Grade Book List 

    Looking for some books to read? All of the books listed below are grade level appropriate and worth reading! Check out the list below! All are separated by genre. Enjoy! 


  • Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published:
    The story is about Brian, 13, and how he manages to survive 54 days in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. Brian was flying to visit his father when the pilot dies of a heart attack in mid-flight. Brian crash lands the plane into a small lake and swims out of the wreckage. He has his clothing, a tattered windbreaker and a hatchet (a gift from his mother). The novel takes us through Brian's days, how he learns patience through his experiences with failures and small successes: building a fire, fishing and hunting, making his shelter a safe one. He endures a porcupine attack, a tornado and being utterly alone for almost two months. This is a tale of adventure but, more importantly, it is a tale of character growth. This edition includes a new introduction and sidebar commentary by the author. 192 pages
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  • I am the Ice Worm

    by MaryAnn Easly Year Published:
    This book is sort of a girls' version of Gary Paulsen's classic Hatchet. In both stories, a teenage character is stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash. In I Am the Ice Worm, 14-year-old Allison is rescued from the Alaskan wild by an Inupiat trapper, who takes her to his village to stay until she can be reunited with her mother. Allison's upbringing in an upper-class family in southern California certainly didn't prepare her for this icy adventure, but she turns out to have courage and adaptability that she didn't expect. Though Allison may initially seem too "girly" for boy readers, this novel has a great blend of adventure, wilderness and family matters that will captivate boys and girls alike.127 pages.
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  • Kit's Wilderness

    by David Almond Year Published:
    Kit's family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town where his family has lived for generations, to be near his ailing grandfather. Here, Kit is invited by an odd neighbor boy to play a game called Death. The game and the town's haunted history get under Kit's skin, while the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur. This multi-generational tale is engrossing and chilling. 229 pages.
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  • Peak

    by Roland Smith Year Published:
    When 14-year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: spend three years in juvenile detention or climb Mt. Everest with his long-absent father. Though the choice might be easy, the journey is not. Peak is physically and emotionally challenged by the grueling climb, the weather, and the politics and drama of climbing culture. And the pressure is on, because if Peak can reach the summit before his 15th birthday, he'll break a world record and gain glory and money. Peak is gripping and surprising, and though it's written for a middle-grade audience, readers young and old will be sucked in by the sharp writing and memorable characters. 246 pages.
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  • The Lady Grace Mysteries

    by (series) by various authors Year Published:
    Lady Grace Cavendish is the Nancy Drew of the Elizabethan Age, an independent-minded teenager whose godmother just happens to be Elizabeth I. Court intrigues and rivalries, swashbucklers, unlikely friends and a mystery in each book make these very lively historical novels.
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  • The White Darkness

    by Geraldine McCaughrean Year Published:
    Sym Wates is obsessed with everything Antarctic — especially the doomed explorer Titus Oates, who died in a 1911 expedition to the South Pole. She is thrilled when her uncle Victor arranges to take her to Antarctica, but her delight doesn't last; it turns out that Uncle Victor has a strange ulterior motive for the trip and that some of Sym's fellow travelers aren't who they claim to be — especially Uncle Victor. The White Darkness weaves history, family drama and adventure into a thrilling tale. 373 pages
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Classic Childhood Favorites

  • Baseball in April and Other Stories

    by Gary Soto Year Published:
    Set in a Latino community in Fresno, California, these contemporary short stories take on universal life lessons. Perfect for a fifth-grade reader, Soto is gifted at telling tales that intrigue and instruct kids. Baseball in April is sure to inspire discussion, so chat about it with your child. Originally published in 1990. 111 pages.
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  • The Light Princess

    by George McDonald Year Published:
    Just when you think your child might be getting too old for fairy tales, along comes this amazing 19th-century princess story to change both of your minds. Chock-full of puns and mixed with just the right blend of whimsy and ethics lessons, The Light Princess deserves a fresh set of 21st-century eyes. Resoundingly recommended. 110 pages.
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  • The Phantom Tollbooth

    by Norton Juster Year Published:
    Described by many children as "the best book ever," this is fantasy at its best. Full of irony and insights, Juster created a masterpiece when he wrote The Phantom Tollbooth. Give this book to your child and let the wave of words and numbers sweep them into a fantastical world. A clever, almost indescribable book that you may already know about, but is too indispensable to keep from mentioning it here. First published in 1961. 255 pages
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  • The Secret Garden

    by Frances Burnett Year Published:
    Beautifully written, the book shows two selfish, disagreeable children transformed by the magic of nature and their own imaginations as they work to bring a near-dead garden back to life. For the serious kid reader, this is a stay-up-all night, flashlight-under-the-covers story with fine watercolor illustrations. Hodgson combines realism, mystery and moral sensibility to make a world children will love. 368 pages.
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Fun Books about Math

  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure

    by Cindy Neuschwander Year Published:
    This book is the perfect read-aloud to introduce the concepts of circumference, diameter and radius. Students will be exposed to many other geometric shapes as well. Children of all ages will enjoy this mathematical adventure. Sir Circumference and his Knight work to solve a mathematical dilemma. What would be the best-shaped table for Sir Circumference to gather his knights? Will it be a square, rectangle, parallelogram or circle? You must read to find out. 32 pages
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  • The Canning Season

    by Polly Horvath Year Published:
    Ratchet loves her selfish mother but receives little in return. Without warning or luggage of any sort, Ratchet's mother ships her to Maine to spend the summer with two elderly relatives. Tilly and Penpen are un-identical twins who are tremendously eccentric; they are also kind and generous. A laugh-aloud, farcical story evolves from this unlikely premise. Winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Children's Literature. 208 pages
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  • The Pepins and Their Problems

    by Polly Horvath Year Published:
    Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes or searching for cheese when their cow makes lemonade, the Pepin family's endless tangles entertain the reader. Lucky for them they have the author, whose insight into their hilarious misfortunes helps guide them in problem solving. 192 pages.
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  • The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade

    by Kenneth Derby Year Published:
    Tony Baloney is obsessed with David Letterman and is determined to be a guest on his show. This fast-paced, action-packed story is sure to keep the reader amused — top 10 lists and all! 144 pages
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  • What Would Joey Do?

    by Jack Gantos Year Published:
    Now that Joey's divorced mom has a new boyfriend, his dad has returned to town to buzz their house on his roaring motorcycle. The fact that his own sick, elderly mother is living with his son and former wife doesn't deter him at all. When Joey's mom sends him to be homeschooled with a bratty blind girl with a religious mother whose motto is "What Would Jesus Do?" Joey adopts this motto - with his own modifications. While the premises of Joey's story - no allies except a small dog and a sick old lady - are harsh, the book is hilarious. 240 pages
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  • Airborne

    by Kenneth Opel Year Published:
    Matt is a cabin boy on board a luxurious airship, the Aurora. Matt meets Kate, who has arranged for a flight on the Aurora so that she can investigate diary entries her grandfather made regarding large, feline creatures with bat-like wings. Soon, the Aurora is attacked by pirates and forced by a storm to land on a tropical island. While exploring the island, Matt and Kate stumble across the bones of one of the "cloud cats" and observe one living in the treetops. But they are captured by the pirates, whose hideout is on the very same island. Will Matt and Kate be able to escape? You won't want to stop turning the pages until you know the answer! Rich with action, the character development does not suffer. Matt and Kate are likable heroes, the pirates vile and even the airship, Aurora, takes on a personality of its own. 544 pages
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  • Chasing Vermeer

    by Blue Balliett Year Published:
    Mysterious letters, picture puzzles called "pentominoes" and a stolen painting by the Dutch artist Vermeer unite unlikely friends, Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay, in an effort to solve a mystery. 254 pages
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  • Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

    by Donald J. Sobol Year Published:
    Children will enjoy beating Encyclopedia Brown to the solution in each of these 10 short stories. The cases require different knowledge to solve them, so this collection is good for budding history buffs and scientists. 128 pages.
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  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    by E.L. Konigsburg Year Published:
    Twelve-year-old Claudia and her younger brother Jamie are running away from the tyranny of unappreciative parents and the drudgery of day-to-day living. Claudia has carefully hand-picked the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art as their new home. There they quite unexpectedly stumble upon an unknown statue by none other than Michelangelo...or is it? Winner of the 1967 Newbery Award. 162 pages.
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  • Spy Force Mission: In Search of the Time and Space Machine

    by Deborah Abela Year Published:
    An 11-year-old girl discovers boredom is the least of her problems during the summer she spends at her aunt's farm. Her secret-agent stories take on a new reality when she happens upon a real spy ring. This story is the ultimate thriller for our age. 240 pages.
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  • The Homework Machine

    by Dan Gutman Year Published:
    Young readers will recognize their classmates and maybe themselves in the key witnesses who describe the events (interrogation-style) leading up to the discovery, use and destruction of a computer that was supposed to make kids' lives easier. It didn't. 160 pages
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  • Time Stops for No Mouse

    by Michael Hoeye Year Published:
    Hermux is a watchmaker who also happens to be a mouse. He is mostly content with his life of order and quiet nights curled up with some cheese and a good book, but that all changes when one Linka Perflinger, aviatrix and daredevil, enters and mysteriously exits the picture. 279 pages.
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Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    by Ursula Le Guin Year Published:
    This is high fantasy, written by a master, one of the great works of young adult literature of the 20th century. So what keeps the pages turning? For turn they do — this thoughtful and thought-provoking novel hasn't stayed in print for 40 years for nothing. It's all in the details, the gradual unfolding and perfecting of another world, with its own rules and geography and magic. 183 pages.
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  • A Wrinkle in Time

    by Madeleine L'Engle Year Published:
    A children's classic from the 1960s, A Wrinkle in Time still captures audiences today. Lovers of fantasy, science fiction and time travel will devour this book. And they will certainly want to read the other books in the series. Join the Wallace children in this magical adventure to planet Uriel. Many complex themes, such as good versus evil, family relationships, and love and courage, offer a great springboard for important character education discussions. 256 pages.
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  • Davin

    by Dan and Zaki Gordon Year Published:
    Children are encouraged to interact with the exciting story. When melodramatically read aloud, it's a sure success. The Bugle Boy models brave steadfast friendship. The toys are animated by the power of imagination, and represent characters from various other stories. 170 pages.
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  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories

    by Salman Rushdie Year Published:
    Rushdie's only children's book begins somewhere in Western Asia. Drawing upon the folklore of India and Muslim cultures, the story takes its father and son heroes on a quest from our contemporary world into a magnificently conceived "other" world. In the real world, Rashid Khalifa, the father, has lost his remarkable ability to tell stories, earning the moniker the Shah of Blah. Simultaneously, in the fantasy world, stories are disappearing from the Sea of Stories. Haroun, Rashid's son, searches for the mysterious cause of his father's loss and remedy to restore his talent. He encounters situations and characters of great originality, humor and imagination in a fast-moving tale full of word play and clever dialogue. 224 pages.
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  • Inkheart

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published:
    Meggie's life changed forever one rainy night when she looked out the window and saw a stranger standing outside her window. This was her first sighting of Dustfinger, one of many colorful characters that her father brought to life from the pages of the book Inkheart. Meggie's father, Mo, has a special talent — when he reads aloud, characters from the book switch places with people from the outside world. In fact, Meggie does not know this yet, but this is how her own mother disappeared nine years before. Now, the evil Capricorn wants another character brought to life, and is determined to have Mo read aloud. This fascinating multi-layered story is an enjoyable but dark read for anyone who loves a good story within a story. 534 pages
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  • Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure

    by Georgia Byng Year Published:
    Molly's time travels take her to India in the late 1800s. The high-speed novel fascinates readers as the nasty maharaja of Waqt sets about kidnapping Molly at ages 10, 6 and 3, and as a baby. 400 pages
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  • Ranger's Apprentice Book One: The Ruins of Gorlan

    by John Flanagan Year Published:
    Will wants to attend Battleschool to serve the kingdom. His small size leads him to be assigned as a Ranger's apprentice. His bravery and skills eventually fulfill his dream of protecting the kingdom. 249 pages
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  • Skellig

    by David Almond Year Published:
    Is the creature dying in Michael's garage a man, a bird, an angel or all three? And what is his connection to Michael's baby sister, who's in the hospital with a heart problem? This gorgeously weird novel holds readers entranced in a spell woven of moonlight, owls and poetry. Among the many pleasures of this atmospheric and stunningly beautiful novel are the characters of Michael, a deeply empathetic boy, and Mina, who studies birds and William Blake (and who should be the poster child for home schooling) — and the tender and touching relationship Michael and Mina develop in caring for Skellig and worrying about his baby sister. 182 pages.
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  • The Emerald Wand of Oz

    by Sherwood Smith Year Published:
    This book transports the reader back to the enchanted land of Oz, but it is a much different Oz than the one to which Dorothy traveled. Two girls named Dori and Em will try to save Oz from yet another wicked witch. 272 pages.
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  • The Five Ancestors: Snake

    by Jeff Stone Year Published:
    Follow the adventures of 12-year-old Seh (snake), Fu (tiger) and Malao (monkey) in 17th-century China. With the many twists and turns in the plot, you never know who is friend or foe. Even family members are not always who they seem to be. 208 pages.
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  • The Scarecrow and His Servant

    by Philip Pullman Year Published:
    This scarecrow is not from a cornfield in Oz. He is from a real cornfield, but he springs to life and goes on many dangerous adventures. The biggest danger is from a family that the reader is sure to find exciting. 229 pages
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  • The Sisters Grimm Book One: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

    by Michael Buckley Year Published:
    Have you read the Brothers Grimm classic book of fairy tales? Did you think they were "just stories"? That is what sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm thought until their parents mysteriously disappeared one day. After being shuffled through several foster homes, they end up with a woman named Relda Grimm. Relda claims to be their grandmother and informs the sisters that the fairy tales are actually historical events collected by their ancestors, whose role has always been to maintain the fragile peace between the humans and the Everafters, the proper term for fairy-tale creatures. Daphne, the younger sister, loves Relda and their new life, while Sabrina is skeptical. Everything changes, however, when their grandmother and Mr. Canis, the butler, are kidnapped by a giant and the girls have no choice but to rescue their newfound family. 284 pages.
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  • The Sisters Grimm Book Two: The Unusual Suspects

    by Michael Buckley Year Published:
    Now that Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are living with their grandmother Relda in Ferryport Landing, New York, the time to start school has arrived. Daphne is in second grade, with Snow White as a teacher, and school could not be more fun. Sabrina, on the other hand, is in sixth grade and quickly discovers that the entire sixth-grade teaching staff is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Not only that, but the majority of the students sleep through every class and have not done their homework. When Sabrina's homeroom teacher, Mr. Grumpner, is found dead and dangling from a spider's web, the Grimm family must step in and try to solve the crime before more people get hurt. 290 pages.
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  • The True Meaning of SmekDay

    by Adam Rex Year Published:
    A rollicking adventure told by young Gratuity Tucci, this is the story of the invasion of Earth by aliens known as the Boov. All Americans are relocated to Florida (but then to Texas, once the Boov figure out the joys of orange juice). Gratuity only wants to find her mom. She sets out on her own, joins forces with a renegade Boovian mechanic named J.Lo, has to figure out how to save the Earth, and then the Boov from the Gorg. Good grief, what a mess! But Gratuity Tucci is a heroine of the most invincible kind: a small, 12-year-old girl. And in the grand tradition of small, 12-year-old girls everywhere, she is completely underestimated by absolutely
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  • Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin

    by Dugald A. Steer Year Published:
    This book is chock full of information presented in somewhat old English. The fascinating thing about this book is all the manipulatives it has on each page. These manipulatives give added depth to the spells, diagrams, and ultimately to the learning. 28 pages
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