Fifth Grade Summer Reading Recommendations

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente

A twelve-year old girl is invited on an adventure to help retrieve a talisman from the enchanted woods of Fairyland. This multi-award winning novel is considered the new classic of the fantasy-adventure genre.

The Puzzler’s Mansion, by Eric Berlin

A famed musician plans a weekend puzzle competiion, and he invites puzzle-master Winston and his friends along. When the competition is halted by the disappearance of the competition’s prizes, Winston resolves to unlock the mystery, and we readers are challenged to take on many puzzles, riddles, and games, as well.

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo

Flora is a young girl obsessed with stories of superheroes. Ulysses is a squirrel who discovers super powers after a near fatal encounter with a vacuum cleaner. Flora & Ulysses is the most recent Newbery Medal winning novel from Kate DiCamillo, and it’s also the most recent book of hers that will capture any reader’s imagination.

The Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell and Terry Fan (illus.)

As a baby, Sophie found afloat in a cello case. While deemed an orphan and raised by a guardian, the older Sophie has faint memories of her mother, and sets off on a quest to unearth her past. Being chased by the authorities, Sophie is helped by a network of rooftoppers: street people who live on the rooftops of London.

The Dead Boys, by Royce Buckingham

Teddy Matthews moves to a new town hoping to make new friends. He soon notices that boys throughout the town have disappeared. He also realizes that trees are stretching their branches towards him, hoping to steal him away, as well. Might he unlock the mystery of the disappearances before the trees take hold?

Other Recommendations

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation, by Tommy Greenwald and J.P. Coovert (illus.)

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