Staff recommendations for children at a fifth grade reading level.. Compiled by the Children’s Services Staff at Monroe Public Library
1. 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
3. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
Will must find her way after she’s plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England.
4. El Deafo by Cece Bell
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!
5. Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
6. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Fearing his family will have to move into their minivan when they suffer another financial setback, Jackson finds support and comfort through his friendship with a giant imaginary cat.
7. The Fairy-tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
8. Best Man by Richard Peck
Archer has four important role models in his life — his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.
9. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds while outmaneuvering a drama queen and a saboteur who become her unlikely friends and allies during a painful challenge.
10. Nicholas by Goscinny
11. American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
Lively retellings of classic tales such as Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan.
12. Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
13. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
14. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
15. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.
16. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
17. A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle
A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
18. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.
19. I am Malala : How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, an international advocate for human rights and girls’ education, retells the story of her own education, activism, and attempted murder.
20. Masterpiece by Elise Broach
21. Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen
22. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.
23. Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale by Gillian Johnson
24. Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Ben Franklin by Robert Byrd
This vivid picturebook biography of Ben Franklin portrays Franklin’s personality as well as his varied experiences and achievements.
25. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafeÌ and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
26. Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson
Examines creatures that can take over the bodies and brains of other creatures and turns them into slaves, from a fly-enslaving fungus to a cockroach-taming wasp.
27. Frindle by Andrew Clements
28. The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O’Connell
Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O’Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature’s largest , most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.
29. Poppy by Avi
30. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his class mates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
31. The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald
28. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
28. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.