5th Grade Good Reads

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Book Scavenger
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Emily's love of solving puzzles turns into a real-life mystery featuring a secret book, an intricate game, and bad guys out to get her.
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Bruce Coville

Jeremy Thatcher discovers a strange magic shop he has never seen before. He enters, and his life is changed forever. Buying what he thinks is a marble, he discovers he has really purchased a dragon’s egg.
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred D. Taylor

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination, which their children don't understand.
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The Sign of the Beaver
Elizabeth George Speare

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
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Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
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Extra Credit
Andrew Clements

As letters flow back and forth—through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to each other.
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Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell

Based on the true story of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
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The City of Ember
Jeanne DuPrau

Lina and Doon discover a message from an ancient civilization just as the lights of Ember begin to flicker. The two children are convinced that the message will save the city.
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The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
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The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning
Chris Colfer

After thirteen-year-old Conner returns to the Land of Stories and reunites with his twin sister, Alex, who is training to become the next Fairy Godmother, war breaks out in the fairy-tale world.
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Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
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Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family have a problem when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a mean stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing old.
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Dusti Bowling

Aven was born without arms - but makes up stories on how she lost them. At a new school she bonds with Connor, a classmate with his own disability to conquer. Then they discover a room at the park her dad works at, that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined.
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Gary Paulsen

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
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Jake the Fake Keeps it Real
Craig Robinson

Having faked his way into the Music and Art Academy, Jake, a jokester who can barely play an instrument, will have to think of something quick before the last laugh is on him.
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The Ninja Librarians
Jen Swann Downey

Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library, where they find a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world's greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.
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