Students Entering Grade 5: Required Summer Reading List
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- "Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko
Murderers, mob bosses, and convicts...these guys are not your average neighbors. Unless you live on Alcatraz. It’s 1935 and twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to the infamous island that’s home to criminals like Al Capone. All Moose wants to do is try to fit in at his new school, protect his sister Natalie (who’s not like other kids), and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is not very far away.
- "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
- "Extra Credit" by Andrew Clements
When Abby learns that her teachers want her to repeat sixth grade, the Illinois girl pledges to improve her grades and complete an extra-credit pen pal project. Since she is fascinated by Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain, she sends a letter to a one-room school there requesting a pen pal. Sadeed is chosen to correspond with Abby. The two learn much from their correspondence about each other’s beliefs, traditions and aspirations.
- "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl
Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.
- "The Kid Who Ran for President" by Dan Gutman
With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, twelve-year-old Judson Moon sets out to become President of the United States.
- "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
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.
- "The Tale of Despereaux (Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread)" by Kate DiCamillo
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.
- "What Was..." (series) by various authors
The What Was... series offers a detailed account of an important historical event. Click here to see some of the titles in the series.
- "Where Is..." (series) by various authors
The Where Is... series offers a detailed account of famous locations and landmarks around the world. Click here to see some of the titles in the series.
- "The World According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney
The first book in the series about everyone’s favorite classroom pet! You can learn a lot about life observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having fun in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn’t-lock, Humphrey’s life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him!