A list of books a fifth grader will enjoy. 2014.

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Kathi Appelt

J APPELT

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.


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Doll Bones
Holly Black

HORROR J BLACK

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.


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Texting the Underworld
Ellen Booraem

SF J BOORAEM

Conor O’Neill faces his cowardice and visits the underworld to bargain with the Lady who can prevent the imminent death of a family member, but first Ashling, the banshee who brought the news, wants to visit his middle school.


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Jinx
Sage Blackwood

SF J BLACKWOOD

A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond is more complex.


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Serafina's Promise
Ann E. Burg

J BURG

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor—then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.


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The Water Castle
Megan Frazer Blakemore

SF J BLAKEMORE

Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving hidden passageways, family rivalries, and healing waters.


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After Iris
Natasha Farrant

J FARRANT

Twelve-year-old Bluebell Gadsby’s written and video diary chronicles life in a rowdy London family, and how Zoran, the new au pair, and Joss, the troublemaking boy next door, help to pull her out of her shell and cope with the loss of her twin three years before.


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My Basmati Bat Mitzvah
Paula J. Freedman

J FREEDMAN

Tara Feinstein, proud of both her East Indian and Jewish heritage, questions what it means to have a bat mitzvah and deals with her own doubts about her faith.


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Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
Helen Frost

HIST J FROST

Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.


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Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes

HIST J HUGHES

Florence, Italy, 1944: The city is under heavy Nazi occupation, but for thirteen-year-old Paolo, war is a long and boring wait. Too young to fight for the resistance, yet desperate for action and adventure, he sneaks out each night to ride his bicycle along the darkened city streets. For Paolo, the risk is thrilling. But when he is accosted by Partisans—covert members of the anti-Nazi movement—thrilling quickly becomes dangerous as Paolo and his family are thrust into a terrifying and impossible situation. Finally at the center of the action, Paolo must figure out once and for all whether he has what it takes to truly be a hero.


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How to Catch a Bogle
Catherine Jinks

SF J JINKS

In 1870s London, a young orphan girl becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living, as the bait.


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The Thing About Luck
Cynthia Kadohata

J KADOHATA

Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.


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Sugar
Jewell Parker Rhodes

HIST TEEN RHODES

In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.


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Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell

J RUNDELL

When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie’s mother. They are aided by Matteo and his band of “rooftoppers.”


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The Rithmatist
Brandon Sanderson

SF TEEN SANDERSON

As wild chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.


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P.S. Be Eleven (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers)
Rita Williams-Garcia

HIST J WILLIAMS-GARCIA

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She’s just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She’s supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her Pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to ‘be eleven’ when Delphine is now twelve?


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