Books for Grades 5 and 6

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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.


Old Favorites

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.