Fifth Grade

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer.
Eleven-year-old Petra gets a chance to solve the mystery surrounding the strange disappearance of a famous Vermeer painting.

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy.

Four very different sisters and a boy named Jeffrey, spend a wonderful, adventurous holiday together on a beautiful estate complete with gardens, antiques, wild rabbits and more.

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.
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.

Dahl, Ronald. The BFG.
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling giants.

Dahl, Roald. Matilda.
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

Dahl, Ronald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.
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.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him, and tries to find his way back to her.

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread.
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.

Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller.
A Texas pioneer family in the 1860's and the big yellow stray dog that profoundly affects Gutman, Dan. Honus & Me : A Baseball Card Adventure. (series)
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.

Konigsburg, E.L. The View From Saturday.
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Levy, Elizabeth. My Life As a Fifth-Grade Comedian.
Although Bobby's father thinks that he might be expelled just like his older brother, with the encouragement of a new fifth-grade teacher, Bobby tries to channel his penchant for humor into a learning experience.

Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
In this dramatic, heart stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian Wilderness, must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his wits.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder.
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.

Pullman, Philip. I Was a Rat.
A little boy appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he is really a rat.

Sachar, Louis. Holes.
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 correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.