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Fifth Grade Reading List

Here is the list of books Hedgie recommends for Fifth Grade.  Click on the title to see the book and any reviews by teachers and students.   You can also search on the title for different versions of the books (paperback, hardcover, audio cassette, etc).

If there is no link, Hedgehog does not carry the book and it may no longer be published.  You might find these books in your library or in a used bookstore.

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time
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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

   

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

Young Charlie and a group of seemingly lucky children win entry into Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory, where they are all in for the adventure of a lifetime in Roald Dahl's classic treat.

   

 

A Finder's Magic

A Finder's Magic
by Phillipa Pearce

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

A wonderful story of a mysterious pointy-eared man, a riddling cat, a heron and two old ladies. Who may or may not be witches! They help a little boy find his lost dog. This book is filled with the award-winning author's trademark mystery and intrigue. And with Helen Craig's irresistible sketches, this is a book sure to be treasured for years to come.

   

 

Eragon

Eragon
by Christopher Paolini

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it's the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone hatches a baby dragon, he learns that he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Alagaësian Empire itself. Though he is determined to raise the dragon, he realizes that doing so will thrust him into a world of trouble. He has heard that the Varden, a rebel group is massing an army to attack Alagaësia. Is it time for the return of the Dragon Riders, under whose protection the land flourished for thousands of years?

Eragon and his fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. And the fate of Alagaësia may rest in his hands

   

 

Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has sent her off to live with an old friend in his hometown of Manifest, Kansas, for the summer while he works a railroad job. It seems that Manifest's history is full of colorful and shadowy characters and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more she wants to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest's secrets are laid bare, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.

   

 

No Passengers Beyond This Point

No Passengers Beyond This Point
by Gennifer Choldenko

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

It all starts when Finn, India, and Mouse's mom loses their house to foreclosure, even after everything she does to save it. Now the siblings have to move to their uncle's house without their mom. But when their journey takes them on an unexpected detour, one that pits them in a race against time.Will time run out before they find a way home?

   

 

The Trouble with May Amelia

The Trouble with May Amelia
by Jennifer L. Holm

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

What's the trouble with May Amelia? Well, she lives in pioneer Washington State in 1900, but acting the part of a proper young lady isn't easy, especially when you have seven brothers and a Pappa who proclaims that Girls Are Useless. May Amelia thinks she may have finally earned her father's respect when he asks her to translate for a gentleman who's interested in buying their land and making them rich. But when the deal turns out to be a scam, Pappa places all the blame on May. It's going to take a lot of guts to make things right.

   

 

The Chronicles of Narnia™: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia™: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

   

 

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

This ingenious fantasy centeres around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom...

   

 

Black Beauty

Black Beauty
by James Preller

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Ages 8-12; Fun filled reading for fifth graders

Black Beauty tells his story from his very first memory of frolicking with his mother, Duchess, in an idyllic meadow, through his harrowing experience in the city and all that comes after. This is the tale of his fellow horses, too: tragic Ginger, good-natured Merrylegs and the brave Captain. Meet the people who love Black Beauty, his cruel masters and the brave men, women, boys and girls who confronted the tyrants and helped Black Beauty along the way.

 

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