Best Books for Fifth Grade Readers

Posted on January 28, 2021

by Brooke C

Fifth graders will enjoy this collection of books with broad appeal.

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By Jason Reynolds

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook

The first in Jason Reynold’s Track series, this book introduces track team members Ghost, Patina, Lu, and Sunny. While they come from different circumstances, they bond on the track. In this book, Ghost discovers running helps him face life’s challenges.

Cover of The Crossover

The Crossover
By Kwame Alexander

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Written in verse, Crossover is a book about twin brothers, basketball, and life in middle school. Josh and Jordan are best friends until something (or someone) comes between them. Fifth graders will relate to many situations in this book.

Cover of Refugee

By Alan Gratz

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Josef seeks to leave Nazi Germany, Isabel flees Cuba in 1994, and Mahmoud’s home in Syria in 2015 has been destroyed. Despite the years between events, the stories are very similar. Refugee will help readers make sense of today’s refugee crisis.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By Kelly Barnhill

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Witches, babies, magic powers and a swamp monster. What more does a book need? This fun book features a well-designed fantasy world.

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
By Chris Grabenstein

eBook   |   eAudiobook

Imagine attending an overnight party at the library and finding yourself locked in! That is exactly what happens when Kyle Keeley wins an invitation to the opening night of Mr. Lemoncello’s library. He and his friends find clues and solve puzzles to earn their way out of the building.

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy
By Noelle Stevenson

eBook   |   hoopla

In the first book of this graphic novel series, meet Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley. These best friends have a knack for encountering supernatural creatures and solving mysteries!

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The Red Pencil
By Andrea Davis Pinkney

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Twelve-year-old Amira escapes from her home in Darfur after it is attacked. She and her family end up in an overcrowded refugee camp, where Amira feels heartbroken and lost. A camp worker gives her a red pencil and a pad of paper, helping Amira to heal.

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Amal Unbound
By Aisha Saeed

Set in Pakistan, this book follows Amal as she is forced into indentured servitude. While she dreams of becoming a teacher, Amal does not give up. Support from her family and a few unlikely people help change her situation.

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The Dragonet Prophecy
By Tui T. Sutherland

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Five Dragons of Destiny were raised in secret, with the purpose of ending a war. They eventually escape, only to be captured by a dragon queen. This fun fantasy, packed with battle scenes, is the first book in the Wings of Fire series.

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The Name of This Book is Secret
By Pseudonymous Bosch


Cass and Max-Ernest find items that once belonged to a dead magician. What follows is an adventurous, suspenseful quest to defeat ever-present villains.

Cover of Rules

By Cynthia Lord

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Catherine just wants to live a “normal” life! She makes a list of rules to help her brother with autism stop doing embarrassing things in public. Things start to change one summer, and Catherine starts questioning her approach to life.

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Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go
By Dale Basye

eBook   |   eAudiobook

Heck is the name of the reform school in the afterlife. It’s where bad kids, like Margo, go when they die. But why is her brother Milton there too? This entertaining book is full of puns and allusions. Bonus: Richard Nixon teaches ethics class in Heck.

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Love That Dog
By Sharon Creech

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Jack does not like reading, especially poetry. He does not like writing either, especially poetry! Through a poetry assignment at school, Jack begins to accept his grief about his dog’s death. Readers will come to love Jacks’ dog, and maybe appreciate their teachers more.

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The Last Kids on Earth
By Max Brallier

Spoken CD   |   eBook   |   eAudiobook

The Monster Apocalypse started 42 days ago, and Jack has a plan to save a certain girl. He puts together a rag-tag team, and off they go to defeat zombies, Winged-Wretches, and Vine- Thingies. A combination of graphic novel and text, this book is full of laughs, monsters, and geekiness.

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Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring
By Angela Cervantes

Spanish eBook

Feeling out of touch with her Mexican heritage, 12-year-old Paloma takes a trip to Mexico City. She makes friends with a few locals and discovers the art of Frida Kahlo. When Frida’s peacock ring goes missing, Paloma and her friends set out to find it.

Cover of Restart

By Gordon Korman

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla

Chase doesn’t remember falling, hitting his head, or anything else! With no memory, everything he does is new. Written with humor, Restart challenges kids to figure out who they want to be.

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The Shadows
By Jacqueline West

eBook   |   eAudiobook

When Olive moves into a rundown mansion, she finds it just a little creepy. Then she discovers that the house offers her a portal to Elsewhere, a quiet, evil world full of mystery. This is the first book in The Book of Elsewhere series.

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