Chelmsford Public Library's
Books for Fifth Graders

Adventure and Survival | Animals | Biography | Classics | Fantasy |
Ghosts and Scary Stories | Graphic, Comic and Wordless Books |Historical Fiction
Holocaust | Humor | In Other Lands | Misfits & Outcasts | Mysteries | Non-fiction | Poetry | School, Family and Friends | Science Fiction | Sports

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Adventure and Survival

Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney

The Unknowns by Benedict Carey

Crunch by Leslie Connor

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Sid Fleischman

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix

Boom! by Mark Haddon

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Fish by L. S. Matthews

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Larklight by Philip Reeve

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (series)

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Series of Unfortunate Events)

Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow by Kaye Umansky

Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson

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Animal Stories

Whittington by Alan Armstrong

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Incident at Hawk's Hill by Allan Eckert

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (series)

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (series)

Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voight

Benno's Bear by Naomi Fink Zucker

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Talking Animals

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker

Runt by Marion Dane Bauer

Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan

I, Jack by Patricia Finney

Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman

Redwall by Brian Jacques (series)

The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis

The Capture by Kathryn Lasky (Guardians of Ga'Hoole series)

The Grand Escape by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel (series)

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Through My Eyes: The Autobiography of Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges

Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd

Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell

Neil Armstrong: one giant leap for mankind by Tara Dixon-Engel

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King by Zahi Hawass

How Angel Petersen Got His Name by Gary Paulsen

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

It Came from Ohio: My Life as a Writer by R. L. Stine

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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachan

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G. Speare

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White



Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet (series)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (series)

Magic by the Book by Nina Bernstein

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng (series)

Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber series) by P. W. Catanese

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (series)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (series)

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Thor's Wedding Day: By Thialfi, the Goat Boy by Bruce Colville

Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (series)

The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Arthurian trilogy)

Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari

The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicle series)

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Hatching Magic by Ann Downer

The Magickers by Emily Drake

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner

Otto and the Flying Twins by Charlotte Haptie

Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones

The Akhenaten Adventure by P. B. Kerr (Children of the Lamp series)

Troll Fell by Katherine Langrish

Savvy by Ingrid Law

The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

What-the-Dickens: the story of a rogue tooth fairy by Gregory Maguire

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris (with companion books)

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo (series)

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (series)

The Perilous Guard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Magyk by Angie Sage (series)

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart (Edge Chronicles series)

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

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Ghost and Horror Stories

Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata by Jennifer Allison (series)

Fred and Anthony Escape from the Netherworld by Esile Arevamirp

Golden and Grey by Louise Arnold

Cold in Summer by Tracy Barrett

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner

Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary D. Hahn

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich

Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret

The Haunted House by R. A. Montgomery (Choose your own adventure dragonlarks series)

Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

The Haunting of Freddy by Dietlof Reiche

Double Dare to be Scared by Robert D. San Souci

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (series)

Ghost Beach by R. L. Stine

There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around by Vivian Vande Velde

The Ghost in the First Row by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children series)

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Graphic, Comic and Wordless Books

City of Light, City of Dark story by Avi, art by Brian Floca

Run Far, Run Fast by Timothy Decker

Tribal Warfare by Ricardo Delgado

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale

Clan Apis by Jay Hosler

Houdini: the Handcuff King by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi

To Dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel, art by Mark Siegel

Bone by Jeff Smith (series)

The Collected Alison Dare Little Miss Adventures by J. Torres

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Historical Fiction

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Charlotte's Rose by A.E. Cannon

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Genniger Choldenko

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

A Company of Fools by Deborah Ellis

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Floris-Galbis

Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale

The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss

The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

A Drowned Maiden's Hair: a melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil

Once on This Island by Gloria Whelan

The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London by Elvira Woodruff

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

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I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story by Karen Levine

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Surviving Hitler: a Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura Williams

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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett (The Brixton Brothers series)

Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Melonhead by Katy Kelly

Circle of Doom by Tim Kennemore

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Greg Kinney (series)

The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline by Lois Lowry

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Seven Spiders Spinning by Gregory Maguire (first of the Hamlet Chronicles)

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen

Mysterious Howling by Mary Rose Wood

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In Other Lands

Bloomability by Sharon Creech

Bindi Babes by Marinder Dhami

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Dolphin Luck by Hilary McKay

Sixth Grade by Susie Hoch Morgenstern

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

Close Encounters of a Third World Kind by Jennifer Stewart

The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto

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Misfits and Outcasts

Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Blubber by Judy Blume

The Pinballs by Betsy Byars

Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

The Very Worst Thing by Torey Hayden

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Perkins

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Loser by Jerry Spinelli

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Cicada Summer by Andrea Beaty

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs (series)

Is Anybody There? by Eve Bunting

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

Eat Your Poison Dear: A Sebastian Barth Mystery by James Howe

Thieves of Ostia: A Roman Mystery by Caroline Lawrence (series)

Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Wolf Stalker by Gloria Skurzynski (National History series)

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wenedlin Van Draanen

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute for Villainous Education by Mark Walden

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We are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Afghan Dreams: young voices of Afghanistan by Tony O'Brien


A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher and April Ward

Sweethearts of Rhythm: the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in the world by Marilyn Nelson

Dark Emperor and other poems of the night by Joyce Sidman

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School, Family and Friends

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Quit It by Marcia Byalick

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard to Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade by Esme Raji Codell

Crunch by Leslie Connor

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper

P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger

Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (series)

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Green

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

Regarding the Trees: A Splintered Saga Rooted in Secrets by Kate Klise

The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Friends: Stories About New Friends, Old Friends, and Unexpectedly True Friends by Ann M. Martin

Here Today by Ann Martin

The Agony of Alice by Phyllis R. Naylor

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Bad Girls by Cynthia Voigt

Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

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Science Fiction

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Eager by Helen Fox

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (series)

The Giver by lois Lowry

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Lost in Cyberspace by Richard Peck

Brainboy and the Deathmaster by Tor Seidler

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Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Babe and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman (series)

The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter

Finding Buck McHenry by Alfred Slote

String Music by Rick Telander

The Roar of the Crowd by Rich Wallace (Winning Season series)

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