5th Grade Reading List

Reading suggestions for 5th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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.
The Jumbies
Artist/Author/Cast:
Baptiste, Tracey
Call Number:
JF Baptiste
Description:

Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

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

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

The London Eye Mystery
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dowd, Siobhan
Call Number:
JF Dowd
Description:
Louisiana's Way Home
Artist/Author/Cast:
DiCamillo, Kate
Call Number:
JF DiCamillo
Description:
Lucky Broken Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Behar, Ruth
Call Number:
JF Behar
Description:
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.
The Odyssey
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cross, Gillian; Packer, Neil (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J883.01 C9513o
Description:

Odysseus faces storms, shipwrecks, and terrifying monsters as he makes his way home from the Trojan War.

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 Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders
Artist/Author/Cast:
Berger, Melvin; Berger, Gilda
Call Number:
J948.022 B4965r
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
Description:

This picture book biography tells the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus.

Rutherford B., Who Was He?  Poems About Our Presidents
Artist/Author/Cast:
Singer, Marilyn; Hendrix, John (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J811.54 S6172r
Description:
The Season of Styx Malone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Magoon, Kekla
Call Number:
JF Magoon
Description:

After meeting a fascinating new friend, two brothers have the summer of a lifetime.

The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
Artist/Author/Cast:
Going, K. L.; Stringer, Lauren (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J92 Wright
Description:
Shell, Beak, Tusk: Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Heos, Bridget
Call Number:
J576.8 H5282s
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.

Song for a Whale
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kelly, Lynne
Call Number:
JF Kelly
Description:

Iris and her grandmother, both Deaf, drive to Alaska to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

Space Case
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gibbs, Stuart
Call Number:
JF Gibbs
Description:

Dashiell is one of the first people to live on Moon Base Alpha, and now he's investigating the first murder.

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