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Fifth and Sixth Grade
Suggested Reading

Alien in a Bottle ~ Kathy Mackel

Ambitious Sean wants to be a famous glassblower, but his parents and a strange group of aliens try to prevent his biggest dream from coming true. 2004

The Anybodies ~ N.E. Bode

Things arenít always what they seem in Fernís tale of mystery, intrigue, hypnotism and a house full of books. 2004

Blow Out the Moon ~ Libby Koponen

A fictionalized story of the authorís true adventures across the Atlantic to London and a boarding school on the English countryside. Read more chapters and letters from readers at www.ifyoulovetoread.com.  2004

The Dark Ground ~ Gillian Cross

First in a trilogy, Robert finds himself thrown out of the sky into a dark, lost world.  If you like thrilling survival tales, this oneís for you.  2004

Dork on the Run ~ Carol Gorman

Jerry wants to run for class president to change his image as the school dork, but how can he win when his opponent keeps playing dirty tricks on him?  Get to know the real Jerry in Dork in Disguise.  2002

The Edison Mystery ~ Dan Gutman

Finding a time machine in his backyard, thirteen-year-old Qwerty Stevens travels back to Thomas Edisonís workshop in 1879 and helps him invent the electric light bulb, but gets trapped on his way back to the present day. 2001

Funerals & Fly Fishing ~ Mary Bartek

Brad Stanislawski travels to Pennsylvania for the first time to meet his grandfather, an undertaker and a fisherman, and learns that first impressions are often deceiving and great names often bear stories worth knowing.  2004

Have a Hot Time, Hades! ~ Kate McMullan

First in the Myth-O-Mania series, Hades recounts his own amusing version of the well-known stories of the Greek gods and goddesses. 2003

Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons ~ Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

In ancient Greece, the fate of the Amazon race is in the hands of the young princess Hippolyta who is sent on a dangerous mission to save her mother and newborn baby brother.  2002

Inkheart ~ Cornelia Funke

Can you imagine a book coming to life where the characters really climb out of its pages from the very story that is being told to you?  And what would happen if you couldnít get them back into the book or find the author to set things right?  Look.  Listen.  Here they come.  Read Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord for more enchanting adventures.   2003

Loser ~ Jerry Spinelli

Donald Zinkoff is your average happy-go-lucky kid, but heís clumsy, laughs too much and goofs off in a class that has labeled him a loser.  2002

Journey to the River Sea ~ Eva Ibbotson

Maia is sent with her governess to Brazil in 1910 where she must endure many ordeals, including living with the awful Carter family, before fulfilling the dream of exploring the Amazon River.  2001

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love ~ Bruce Coville

Mr. Elives opens his Magic Shop especially for shy Juliet who must solve a puzzle involving Greek mythology so the boys will stop falling in love with her.  Want to visit the Magic Shop again?  Try The Monsterís Ring, The Skull of Truth, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and Jennifer Murdleyís Toad.   2003

A Mid-Semester Nightís Dream ~ Margaret Meacham

Morgan Yates qualifies for Fairy Assistance under the Cinderella Clause according to Gretta, a fairy, whose mischievous spells cast hilarious results. 2004

The Old Man Mad About Drawing:  A Tale of Hokusai ~ Francois Place

Tojiro, a young rice cake seller, becomes an apprentice to the famous manga artist, Hokusai Katsushika in Edo, Japan.  Contains original illustrations and a glossary.  2004

Otto and the Flying Twins ~ Charlotte Haptie

Although the City of Trees used to be the home of extraordinary magic, young Otto Hush and his twin sisters find out that the old magic is threatened by the powerful and greedy Normals who want to wipe it out forever. 2002

The Ribbajack and Other Curious Yarns ~ Brian Jacques

Hold onto your seats and donít look under the bed!  This best-selling author of the Redwall series cooks up a collection of six short monster stories for those who love a good scare.  2004

The Tail of Emily Windsnap ~ Liz Kessler

Discovering she is a mermaid after her first dip in the water, Emily follows a new ďsplishyĒ friend in the ocean while swimming after a hunch from her mysterious past.  2004

Technically, Itís Not My Fault: Concrete Poems ~ John Grandits

Take a break from that big novel youíve been reading and laugh up a good time with Robertís poetic view of the world.  2004

The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool ~ Margaret Gray

A plain-looking princess wants to become beautiful so she can marry a handsome prince while a smart jester wants to bring wisdom back to the failing kingdom, but the Godmother Board of Trustees must make the final decision.  2002

The Whistle, the Grave and the Ghost ~ Brad Strickland

Shy Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita battle an ancient evil force with the help of magical Uncle Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman in the woods near his Michigan home. Also, try The Tower at the End of the World and The Beast Under the Wizardís Bridge in which Strickland carries on the original authorís ---John Bellairs--- eerie adventures.  2003

With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin ~ Carol Weston

Eleven-year-old Melanie records her adventures in a diary while on a trip to Spain with her family to meet new friends (maybe even a boyfriend!), deal with her little brother, and tour its famous cities all the while improving her Spanish.  If you like this one, try Melanie Martin Goes Dutch where she travels to Amsterdam, Holland.  2004


Researched and compiled by M. Sulikowski
(Updated on December 1, 2004)

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