Books for Grades 5 and 6
Article in Juvenile Fiction,
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Notable New Titles
J Angleberger, Tom. Horton Halfpott
- Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts.
J Blakemore, Megan Water Castle
- After his father's stroke, Ephraim and his family move to the Water Castle, their family's ancestral home. Interspersed with the present-day story are flashbacks to events taking place in the past.
J Broach, Elise Treasure on Superstition
- Hoping to find the Lost Dutchman's Mine, brothers Henry, Simon and Jack rejoin their friend Delilah in researching local history and visiting a ghost town. Missing on Superstition Mountain is the first book.
J Funke, Cornelia Ghost Knight
- Jon resents being sent to boarding school, but his problems get worse. He's accosted by a terrifying band of ghosts with a centuries-old ax to grind.
J Liu, Na Little White Duck, a Childhood in China
- In this graphic novel, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.
J Schlitz, Laura Splendors and Glooms
- A viciously vengeful witch, a devious puppeteer, two orphans, and an unwitting young heiress become entwined in a complex tale in this Victorian, gothic tale of suspense.
J Turnage, Sheila Three Times Lucky
- Who has murdered one of Tupelo Landing's most unlikable residents? Intrepid Mo and others in Tupelo Landing have a puzzle on their hands in this book filled with quirky characters.
Most of these authors have written other wonderful books.
J Avi Seer of Shadows
- Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs.
J Baliett, Blue Chasing Vermeer
- Petra and Calder try to find a stolen painting by Vermeer.
J Baskin, Nora Anything But Typical
- Jason, an autistic boy, relates the differences between himself and 'neurotypicals.'
J Clements, Andrew Lunch Money
- Greg teams up with his rival Maura to create a series of comic books to sell at school.
J Creech, Sharon Castle Corona
- Two orphaned peasant children find their lives transformed at Castle Corona.
J 523.88 DeCristofano, Carolyn A Black Hole is Not a Hole
- Take a look at one of the universe's deepest secrets.
J DeFelice, Cynthia The Ghost of Fossil Glen
- Is a ghost trying to communicate with Alice?
J Evans, Lissa Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms
- Stuart Horten is on a qauest to find his great-uncle Tony, a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth.
J Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
- Joey has trouble paying attention and controlling his mood swings.
J 599.885 Goodall, Jane The Chimpanzees I Love
- Jane Goodall describes her work with champanzees.
J/YA Hale, Shannon Rapunzel's Revenge
- In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws.
J SC Half-Minute Half-Minute Horrors
- This book has some very short stories sure to give you shivers.
J Holm, Jennifer Boston Jane: An Adventure
- Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia travels to the Oregon territory in 1854 in this humorous adventure.
J Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise
- Turtle is ssent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida in the 1930's.
J Ibbotson, Eva Star of Kazan
- Orphaned Annika goes to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.
J Jonell, Lynne Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
- Emmy can hear the class pet rat talk.
J Kelly, Jacqueline The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
- In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate studies the natural world with her grandfather which leads to an important discovery.
J Key, Watt Alabama Moon
- WShen his survivalist father dies, Moon leaes the forest and sets out on his own.
J Klise, Kate Trial by Journal
- Lilly keeps a journal of her experiences on a jury in this zany story.
J Kurzweil, Allen Leon and the Spitting Image
- Can Leon survive a school year with Miss Hagmeyer?
J Lasky, Kathryn Hawksmaid
- Matty (Maid Marion) is a master falconer in twelfth-century England.
J Law, Ingrid Savvy
- When Meg's father is injured, she hopes to heal him using her "savvy."
J Lawrence, Caroline The Case of the Deadly Desperados
- It's 1862 and P.K. Pinkerton finds his stepparents brutally scalped. He realizes that vicious outlaw Whittlin' Walt and his two henchmen now have their sights set on him.
J LeGuin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea
- Ged confronts the terrible evil he unleashed as a student of wizardry.
J 797.23 Lourie, Peter First Dive to Shark Dive
- Suzanne Lourie, the author's daughter, learns to scuba dive.
J McCaffrey, Anne Dragonsong
- Menolly runs away from home and discovers a group of fire lizards.
J Mack, Tracy The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas
- The boys known as the Baker STreet Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes.
J McKay, Hilary Saffy's Angel
- Saffy learns she was adopted and wants to understand who she really is.
J Mass, Wendy Candymakers
- Four 12-year-olds compete in a candymaking contest.
J Myklusch, Matt Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation
- Jack's dull life ends when he is whisked off to a floating island populated by superheroes.
J Napoli, Donna Jo Three Days
- A trip to Italy turns into a terrifying experience.
J Oppel, Kenneth Silverwing
- Shade is separated from the rest of his colony of bats and must fight for survival.
J Potter, Ellen Kneebone Boy
- The three Hardscrabble siblings set out to learn the identity of the Kneebone Boy and the truth about their missing mom.
J Roberts, Willo Davis The Kidnappers
- No one believes Joey when he claims to have sen a kidnapping.
J Ryan, Pam Munoz Paint the Wind
- Maya discovers a love of horses.
J Saunders, Kate Beswitched
- On her way to a boarding school in present-day England, Flora suddenly finds herself in the year 1935.
J Schlitz, Laura A Drowned Maiden's Hair
- Maud is delighted to be adopted by three sisters, but why is that she cannot let their neighbors see her?
J Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- Hugo, an orphan, lives in a Paris train station.
J Sherry, Maureen Walls Within Walls
- When a family moves into a new apartment building, they discover clues to a decades old mystery.
J Springer, Nancy The Case of the Missing Marquess
- Meet Enola Holmes, the sister of detectives Sherlock Holmes.
J Stead, Rebecca When You Reach Me
- Miranda experiences several space and time mysteries.
J Stewart, Paul Barnaby Grimes series.
J Taylor, Laini Blackbringer
- Magpie Windwitch must defeat an ancient evil creatures, the Blackbringer.
J Teague, Mark The Doom Machine
- After a spaceship lands in Vern Hollow in 1956, juvenile delinquent Jack and studious Isadora form an unexpected alliance as they try to keep a group of extraterrestrials from stealing eccentric Uncle Bud's space travel machine.
J Van Draanen, Wendelin Shredderman series.
J Wiles, Debbie Love, Ruby Lavendar
- Ruby misses her grandmother in this funny and sensitive story.
J Willingham, Bill Down the Mysterly River
- Top notch Boy Scout Max "the Wolf" cannot remember how he came to be a strange forest, but soon he and three talking animals are on the run.