5th Grade Reading List

Reading suggestions for 5th Graders from the Weber County Library

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11 Birthdays
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mass, Wendy
Call Number:
JF Mass
Description:
Amanda and Leo find themselves trapped in a time warp, celebrating their same-day birthdays over and over again.
Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II
Artist/Author/Cast:
Russo, Marisabina (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
J940.5318 R9698a 2005
Description:
The author describes how a mother and her three daughters survived the Holocaust, in this story based on the author's own family history.
Amina's Voice
Artist/Author/Cast:
Khan, Hena
Call Number:
JF Khan
Description:

A Pakistani American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her culture after tragedy strikes her community.

Bodies From the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
Artist/Author/Cast:
Deem, James M.
Call Number:
J599.9 D3115b 2008
Description:
Recounts the discovery of the oldest human mummy in the 1990s by two mountain climbers on the Austrian border, in this exciting book that reveals how glaciers, hulking masses of moving ice, are now offering up many secrets from the past.
The Book of Three
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alexander, Lloyd
Call Number:
JF Alexander
Description:

A young assistant pig-keeper has adventures beyond his wildest dreams in this first book in The Chronicles of Prydain series.

Bud, Not Buddy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Call Number:
JF Curtis
Description:
Ten-year-old Bud, an orphan, sets off to find his musician dad, and gets into all sorts of trouble along the way.
Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats
Artist/Author/Cast:
Montgomery, Sy; Bishop, Nic (Photographer)
Call Number:
J599.75 M7886c
Description:

Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000.  At the Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Zelinsky, Paul O. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ten-year-old Leigh confides his troubles in letters to his favorite author.

El Deafo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bell, Cece; Lasky, David (Illustrator)
Call Number:
GN J362.42092 B4333e 2014
Description:
Electric Ben
Artist/Author/Cast:
Byrd, Robert
Call Number:
J92 Franklin
Description:
The End of the Wild
Artist/Author/Cast:
Helget, Nicole
Call Number:
JF Helget
Description:
Call Number:
JF Cline-Ransome
Description:
Frindle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Clements, Andrew; Selznick, Brian (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Clements
Description:

A champion troublemaker, Nick decides to invent a new word to torment his teacher.

Front Desk
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yang, Kelly
Call Number:
JF Yang
Description:

After emigrating from China, Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel, despite the nasty owner, Mr. Yao.

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schanzer, Rosalyn
Call Number:
J973.3 S2995g 2004
Description:

Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution.

The Great Brain
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzgerald, John Dennis; Mayer, Mercer (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Fitzgerald
Description:

The adventures of three brothers growing up in a small Utah town in the late 1800s.

Holes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sachar, Louis
Call Number:
JF Sachar
Description:

A zany, mysterious, funny book about Stanley Yelnats and how he changes his family's bad luck.

Hoot
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hiaasen, Carl
Call Number:
JF Hiaasen
Description:
New to Florida, Roy spots the running boy--running away from the school bus, carrying no books and wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail.
If You Hopped Like a Frog
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schwartz, David M.; Warhola, James (Illustrator); Schwartz, David; Scholastic Inc/I (Contribution by)
Call Number:
J513.24 S3996i
Description:
Introduces the concept of ratio by comparing what humans would be able to do if they had bodies like different animals.
The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gidwitz, Adam; Aly, Hatem (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Gidwitz
Description:

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