Our Librarian recommends the following books for readers in grade 5:

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
Jack Canfield et al, compilers
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
Nancy Farmer
The Thief Lord
Cornelia Funke
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Jack Gantos
Under the Mountain
Maurice Gee
Among the Hidden
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Redwall series
Brian Jacques
The Pagan series
Catherine Jinks
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L’Engle
A World of Fairy Tales
retold by Andrew Lang
Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine
The Underrunners
Margaret Mahy
The Other Side of Truth
Beverly Naidoo
Kenneth Oppel
Island on Bird Street
Uri Orlev
Christopher Paolini
Playing Beatie Bow
Ruth Park
Leontyne Price
The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin
Falling Up
Shel Silverstein
The Hobbit; or, there and Back Again
J.R.R. Tolkien
Cynthia Voigt
The Devil’s Arithmetic
Jane Yolen
The Black Cauldron series
Lloyd Alexander
The White Mountains
John Christopher
Walk Two Moons
Sharon Creech
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
Cynthia De Felice
Poetry for Young People - series
various editors
Jean Fritz
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Kimberly Willis Holt
Cynthia Kodohata
The View from Saturday
E.L. Konigsburg
Earth Sea trilogy
Ursula Le Guin
Afternoon of the Elves
Janet Lisle
Z for Zachariah
Robert C. O’Brien
My Life in Dog Years
Gary Paulsen
Freak the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
Where the Red Fern Grows
Wilson Rawls
Recommended Authors:

Natalie Babbitt
Judy Blume
Betsy Byars
Andrew Clements
Pam Conrad
Roald Dahl
Nancy Farmer
Russell Freedman
Jean Fritz
Jack Gantos
Morris Gee
Jean Craighead George
Morris Gleitzmann
Bette Greene
Mary Downing Hahn
Paul Jennings
Diana Wynne Jones
Madeleine L’Engle
Gail Carson Levine
Lois Lowry
Margaret Mahy
Anne McCaffrey
Robin McKinley
Walter Dean Myers
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Scott O’Dell
Katherine Paterson
Gary Paulsen
Daniel Pinkwater
Jack Prelutsky
J.K. Rowling
Louis Sachar
Jerry Spinelli
Mildred Taylor
Cynthia Voigt
Patricia Wrede
Jane Yolen