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The book of three / Lloyd Alexander

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets
out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of
evil. (First in a series)

Chasing Vermeer / by Blue Balliett

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen
and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds
Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international
art scandal.

Dillon Dillon / Kate Banks

During the summer that he turns ten years old, Dillon Dillon
learns the surprising story behind his name and develops a
relationship with three loons, living on the lake near his
family's New Hampshire cabin, that help him make sense of his

Artemis Fowl / Eoin Colfer

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his
family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in
gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly
nasty troll. (First in a series)

Heartbeat / Sharon Creech

Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the
year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins
faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes

Because of Winn-Dixie / Kate DiCamillo

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.

The tale of Despereaux / Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual
talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs
to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all
to ruin.

Coraline / Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a
mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly
different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome
entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of
three others.

Nory Ryan's song / Patricia Reilly Giff

When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845,
twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her
family and neighbors survive.

The Gorillas of Gill Park / by Amy Gordon

While spending the summer before seventh grade with his aunt,
Willy Wilson finds his first friends ever in the colorful
characters who all love the neighborhood park owned by an
eccentric old man.

Ida B : --and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and

(possibly) save the world / Katherine Hannigan
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being
home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until
her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parent
must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.

Olive's ocean / Kevin Henkes

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean,
twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a
classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her
feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Journey to the river sea / Eva Ibbotson

Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter
family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships
before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.

Spider Sparrow / Dick King-Smith

Spider, a baby abandoned on an English farm, grows up to be
mentally slower than other children but manifests a remarkable
talent for communicating with animals as he comes of age during
World War II.

How I became a writer and Oggie learned to drive / Janet Taylor Lisle
As sixth-grader Archie and his six-year-old brother Oggie
shuttle back and forth between their separated parents' two
homes, Archie tries desperately to take care of Oggie and to
pretend that everything is normal.

Stop the train! : a novel / by Geraldine McCaughrean

Despite the opposition of the owner of the Red Rock Runner
railroad in 1893, the new settlers of Florence, Oklahoma, are
determined to build a real town.

Snap : a novel / Alison McGhee

Eleven-year-old Edwina confronts old and new challenges when
her longtime best friend Sally faces the inevitable death of the
grandmother who raised her.

Bernie Magruder & the bats in the belfry / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
[Children’s Mystery Shelves]
Many residents of Middleburg, Indiana, are already going
crazy from the ever-ringing church bells and now, after a bat is
spotted in the hotel run by Bernie's family, they worry that the
dangerous Indiana Aztec bat has finally arrived.

A single shard / Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives
under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to
throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

The young man and the sea / Rodman Philbrick

After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman
decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of
himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone
out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a hugh
bluefin tuna.

The Wee Free Men / Terry Pratchett

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free
Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby
brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

The mysterious matter of I.M. Fine / Diane Stanley

[Children’s Mystery Shelves]
Noticing that a popular series of horror novels is having a
bizarre effect on the behavior of its readers, Franny and Beamer
set out to find the mysterious author.

The great good thing : a novel / by Roderick Townley

Twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie's storybook kingdom really is
a storybook, where nothing ever changes, even the character's
mad scramble to reach their places whenever the book is opened,
until Sylvie discovers she can enter new worlds with the Reader,
and find new adventures.

The tiger's apprentice / Laurence Yep

A tiger, a monkey, a dragon, and a twelve-year-old Chinese
American boy fight to keep a magic talisman out of the hands of
an enemy who would use its power to destroy the world.

Other Fifth Grade Favorites

Tuck Everlasting/ Natalie Babbitt

Pinballs / Betsy Byars
Summer of the Swans/ Betsy Byars
Enormous Egg / Oliver Butterworth
Black Stallion/ Walter Farley
Whipping Boy/ Sid Fleischman
Talking Earth / Jean Craighead George
Stone Fox / John Reynolds Gardiner
Bunnicula / James Howe
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / E.L. Konigsburg
Number the Stars / Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins / Katherine Paterson
Cricket in Times Square / George Seldon