5th Grade Reading List

Reading suggestions for 5th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Inside Out and Back Again
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lai, Thanhha
Call Number:
JF Lai
Description:

For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Artist/Author/Cast:
Selznick, Brian (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Selznick
Description:

Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Part graphic novel, part novel. Winner, Caldecott Medal 2008.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleischman, Paul; Beddows, Eric (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J811.54 F5965j
Description:

A collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
Artist/Author/Cast:
Montgomery, Sy; Bishop, Nic (Illustrator, Photographer)
Call Number:
J639.97871 M7886k 2010
Description:

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth.

Matilda Bone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cushman, Karen
Call Number:
JF Cushman
Description:
Merlin and the Making of the King
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hodges, Margaret; Hyman, Trina Schart (Illustrator, Translator); Malory, Thomas
Call Number:
J398.2 H6893m 2004
Description:

A retelling of four Arthurian legends, "The Sword in the Stone," "Excalibur," "The Lady of the Lake," and "The Last Great Battle," which feature Merlin, King Arthur, and other familiar figures.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yee, Lisa
Call Number:
JF Yee
Description:

Eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stewart, Trenton Lee; Ellis, Carson (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Stewart
Description:

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission.

The Odyssey
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cross, Gillian; Packer, Neil (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J883.01 C9513o 2012
Description:
Once upon a Toad
Artist/Author/Cast:
Frederick, Heather Vogel
Call Number:
JF Frederick
Description:

Cat's life goes from bad to crazy when her fairy godmother tries to help her.

The One and Only Ivan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Applegate, Katherine; Castelao, Patricia (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Applegate
Description:

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Rain Reign
Artist/Author/Cast:
Martin, Ann M.
Call Number:
JF Martin
Description:
The Ravenmaster's Secret
Artist/Author/Cast:
Woodruff, Elvira
Call Number:
JF Woodruff
Description:

The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.

The Real Vikings
Artist/Author/Cast:
Berger, Melvin; Berger, Gilda
Call Number:
J948.022 B4965r 2003
Description:

Read about Viking life and culture and notable accomplishments as skilled craftsmen, hardworking farmers, prosperous merchants, and explorers.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bryant, Jen; Sweet, Melissa (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J409.2 B9157r 2014
Description:
Rutherford B., Who Was He?  Poems About Our Presidents
Artist/Author/Cast:
Singer, Marilyn; Hendrix, John (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J811.54 S6172r 2013
Description:
Shh!  We're Writing the Constitution
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fritz, Jean; dePaola, Tomie (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J342.73029 F9199sh
Description:

A lively account of the birth of the Constitution during a scorching summer with all the windows shut to prevent rumors, a bombardment of bluebottle flies, and New England delegates swathed in woolen suits.

So You Want to Be an Inventor?
Artist/Author/Cast:
St. George, Judith; Small, David (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J608 S1394s
Description:
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Artist/Author/Cast:
Angleberger, Tom
Call Number:
JF Angleberger
Description:

Is Origami Yoda more than a simple finger puppet? That is the question Tommy and his friends attempt to answer.

Swindle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Korman, Gordon
Call Number:
JF Korman
Description:

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