Books Every Fifth Grader Should Know

The Book of Three
The Book of Three By Alexander, Lloyd Book - 1999 J ALE Available in some locations

Annotation:Taran, the Assistant Pig Keeper in the mythical kingdom of Prydain, sets out with the warrior Gwydion to save his country from evil.

Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting By Babbitt, Natalie Paperback - 985 J BAB Available in some locations

Annotation:The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents you from ever growing any older.

Granny the Pag
Granny the Pag By Bawden, Nina, 1925-2012. Book - 1996 J BAW Available in some locations

Annotation:Originally abandoned by her actor parents who later attempt to gain custody, Cat wages a spirited campaign to decide her own fate and remain with her grandmother.

Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn By Brink, Carol Ryrie, 1895-1981. Book - 2002

Annotation:The adventures of an 11-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-19th century.

The Incredible Journey
The Incredible Journey By Burnford, Sheila Every Paperback - 1996 J BUR Available in some locations

Annotation:A young Labrador retriever, an old bull terrier and a Siamese cat undertake a 250-mile trek through the Canadian wilderness in order to return to their home.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie By DiCamillo, Kate Paperback - 2004 J DIC All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moved to Florida with her preacher father, she didn’t expect that she’d adopt Winn-Dixie, a dog she names after the supermarket where they met. Opal is lonely at first, but with such an unusually friendly dog at her side, she makes some unusual friends and finds she has a lot to be thankful for.

Harriet, the Spy
Harriet, the Spy By Fitzhugh, Louise Book - 2000

Annotation:Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

Lily's Crossing
Lily's Crossing By Giff, Patricia Reilly Book - 1997 J GIF Available in some locations

Annotation:During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

Out of the Dust
Out of the Dust By Hesse, Karen Book - 1997 J HES Available in some locations

Annotation:In a series of poems, 15-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth By Juster, Norton, 1929- Book - 2001

Annotation:Journeying through the land beyond the tollbooth, Milo learns the importance of words and numbers and also discovers how to cure his boredom.

Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted By Levine, Gail Carson Book - 2003

Annotation:In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order that she’s given.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By Lewis, C. S., 1898-1963. Paperback - 2005 J LEW All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia where they assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Number the Stars
Number the Stars By Lowry, Lois Paperback - 1990 J LOW All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

The Moorchild
The Moorchild By McGraw, Eloise Jarvis Book - 1996 J MACG Available in some locations

Annotation:Feeling that she is neither fully human nor “Folk,” a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

The Prince of the Pond
The Prince of the Pond Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin By Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948- Book - 1992 J NAP Available in some locations

Annotation:Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, has children, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.

Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia By Paterson, Katherine Book - 2003 J PAT Available in some locations

Annotation:The life of a 10-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death while trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

Hatchet By Paulsen, Gary Paperback - 2006 J PAU Available in some locations

Annotation:After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning how to survive his parents’ divorce.

Soup By Peck, Robert Newton Book - 2000 J PEC Available in some locations

Annotation:The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town.

The Westing Game
The Westing Game By Raskin, Ellen Book - 1992

Annotation:The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Holes By Sachar, Louis, 1954- Book - 1998 YA R SAC In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure and a new sense of himself.

Words by Heart
Words by Heart By Sebestyen, Ouida Book - 1979

Annotation:In 1910, a young black girl struggles to fulfill her papa’s dream of a better future for their family in the southwestern town where they are the only blacks.

Daring to Be Abigail
Daring to Be Abigail A Novel By Vail, Rachel Book - 1996 J VAI Available in some locations

Annotation:During her summer at Camp Nashaquitsa, 11-year-old Abby tries to reinvent herself, while worrying about her mother, missing her dead father, and getting to know her equally self-conscious bunkmates.

Bad Girls
Bad Girls By Voigt, Cynthia Book - 1996 J VOI Available in some locations

Annotation:After meeting on the first day in Mrs. Chemsky’s fifth grade class, Margalo and Mikey help each other in and out of trouble, trying to maintain a friendship while each asserts her independence.

The Friends
The Friends By Yumoto, Kazumi Book - 1996 J YUM Available in some locations

Annotation:Curious about death, three sixth grade boys decide to spy on an old man waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.

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Books recommended by Daniel Boone Regional Library staff for fifth graders.