Recommened Reading for 5th Graders

The following books have been recommended by librarians, teachers and students for students in 6th grade. The list is by no means exhaustive and is meant as a guide for students and parents. If you have any suggestions for the list please let us know.

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Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel. When he and Mina, the strange girl from across the street, carry the creature into the library, Michael's world changes forever. Carnegie Medal - 1998.

David Almond PE Alm

Marmawell Trilogy

(The Dragon's Tapestry; Prism Moon; The Taker's Key)

This award winning trilogy by a Canadian writer has received excellent reviews and will delight lovers of fantasy books as well as those new to the genre.

Martine Bates PE Bat

Ender's Game

Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses and then training them in the arts of war. A fantastic story!

Orson Scott Card

SF Car


Heads or Tails: Stories from the Sixth Grade

Jack's diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.

Marc Brown PE Bro

Toby Scudder, Ultimate Warrior

Priding himself on not doing homework and on never losing a fight, Toby starts sixth grade planning to rule the school but sixth grade has some definite surprises in store for him.

David Gifaldi F Gif

The Other Facts of Life
There are some things Ben doesn't understand. His unwilling father is sent to explain the facts of life to him - only to find the questions Ben asks are far tougher than he expected, and he doesn't have the answers. Ben mounts an inspired crusade that is both deadly serious - and very funny!

Morris Gleitzman

PE Gle

Remote Man

Thirteen-year-old Ned is a wiz kid when it comes to computers. He and four e-mail buddies from around the world become entangled in a dangerous plot to put a stop to a criminal's evil ways.

Elizabeth Honey PE Hon

Alex Rider series (Stormbreaker; Point Blank; Skeleton Key; Eagle Strike; Scorpia; Ark Angel)

This enormously popular series stars the world's premier teenage spy, MI6 secret agent, Alex Rider.

Anthony Horowitz

PE For
F Hor

The Whitby series - The Whitby Witches; A Warlock in Whitby; The Whitby Child

This gripping series begins with two orphans, Jennet and Ben, arriving in the town of Whitby to live with an old, unknown relative. Ben possesses the ability to see things that others cannot, and soon realizes that Alice, too, has unusual powers. These are stories full of intrigue, horror and suspense.

Robin Jarvis

PE Jar
F Jar

The Un series

(Unmentionable; Unbearable; Uncovered; Undone; Unreal; Unseen)

These curious, entertaining stories are sometimes sharp, sometimes creepy, sometimes bizarre, and sometimes hilariously funny!

Paul Jennings SC Jen

The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
Wiley and Jeff don't believe in the power of the nicknames they give to students until they give 'the blandest student' in school a cool nickname, spread it around, and watch his popularity soar!

Gordon Korman

PE, F Kor

A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Newbery Medal - 1963.

Madeleine L'Engle


F L'En

Number the Stars

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal - 1990.

Lois Lowry PE Low
F Low

The Other Side of Truth

(also Web of Lies PE Nai)

Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.

Beverley Naidoo

F Nai

Eragon; Eldest

An amazing new series of fantasy books about a teenage boy called Eragon.

Christopher Paolini F Pao

The Westing Game

The mysterious death of a millionaire brings together an assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Newbery Medal - 1979.

Ellen Raskin PEM Ras
F Ras


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