Grades 5 & 6



Tangerine by Edward Bloor 

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Out Of Mind by Sharon Draper

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

If Only by Carole Geithner

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Batboy by Mike Lupica

Gold Dust  by Chris Lynch

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue park

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Perkins

Young Man and the Sea by W.R. Philbrick

Slob by Ellen Potter

Bystander by James Preller

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Donuthead by Sue Stauffacher

Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick

Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt




The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond

Seer of Shadows by Avi

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Cosmic by Frank Cotrell Boyce

Floors by Patrick Carman

Operation Redwood by Terrell French

The Thief Lord by Corneila Funke

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

Island of Theives by Josh Lacey

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart

A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup

I Survived (series) by Layren Tarshis

The Thief by Megan Turner

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen

H.I.V.E. (series) by Mark Walden

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood


Funny Books


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

No Talking by Andrew Clements

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Great Brain by John Dennis Fitzgerald

Bully Bait by Michael Fry

What Would Joey Do? by Jack Gantos

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath

Dial-A-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

Lily B. on the Brink of Cool by Elizabeth Kimmel

Anastasia on Her Own by Lois Lowry

Boys Against Girls by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

I Funny by James Patterson

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Holes by Louis Sachar

 Smile by Raina Telgemeier



The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tales Detectives by Michael Buckley

Molly Moon’s Incredible World of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

The Boggart by Susan Cooper

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley

Glitch in Sleep by Tom Hulme

The Haunting of Granite Falls by Eva Ibbotson

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

The Yggyssey by Daniel Pinkwater

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne Valente


Historical Fiction


Forge by Laurie Anderson

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Bradley

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath

Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine

The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Staples

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Bat 6 by Virginia Wolff


Multicultural Literature


The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech

A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engel

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Heat by Mike Lupica

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens by Gloria Whelan

The Star Maker by Laurence Yep




The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Chicken Boy by Frances Dowell

Frightful’s Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

Redwall (series) by Brian Jacques

A Dog’s Life by Ann Martin

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


Great Nonfiction


Freedom’s Children by Ellen Levine

Riverkeeper by George Ancona

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

The Mysterious Universe by Ellen Jackson

Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

Mosque by David Macauley

Teammates by Peter Golenbock

The Top of the World by Steve Jenkins

We Were There, Too! by Phillip Hoose

George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer

Louisa May’s Battle by Kathleen Krull

Ben Franklin’s Almanac by Candace Fleming

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S Turner

Diary of Ma Yan by Ma Yan