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Great Books for Grades 4 - 5


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The Homework MachineGutman, Dan
The Homework Machine
Four fifth-grade students – a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker – as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.

Penny from HeavenHolm, Jennifer L.
Penny from Heaven
As she approaches her 12th birthday during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death.


Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking RatJonell, Lynne
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal.

Me and the Pumpkin QueenKennedy, Marlane
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Although Aunt Arlene tries to interest her in clothing and growing up, 10-year-old Mildred is entirely focused on growing a pumpkin big enough to win the annual Circleville, Ohio, contest, as her mother dreamed of doing before she died.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s JournalKinney, Jeff
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal
Greg records in his diary his sixth-grade experiences of attempting to survive in middle school as an undersized weakling. When his best friend, Rowley, grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Regarding the FountainKlise, Kate
Regarding the Fountain
The school in Dry Creek needs a new drinking fountain, but a simple request for a catalog turns the town upside down when the fountain designer, Florence Waters, begins corresponding with the fifth-grade class.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerKonigsburg, E.L.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Twelve-year-old Claudia and her younger brother Jamie decide to run away and make a new home for themselves in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ella EnchantedLevine, Gail Carson
Ella Enchanted
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her and begins a search for the only fairy who can undo the spell.

RulesLord, Cynthia
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, 12-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Two-Minute DrillLupica, Mike
Two-Minute Drill
Brainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school.

How to Steal a DogO’Connor, Barbara
How to Steal a Dog
Georgina’s family is suffering financially, and in order to earn some money, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to steal a dog and then claim the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

Project MulberryPark, Linda Sue
Project Mulberry
While working on a project for an after-school club, Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick learn not just about silkworms, but also about tolerance, prejudice, friendship, patience, and more.

Lawn BoyPaulsen, Gary
Lawn Boy
Things get out of hand for a 12-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn-mowing business.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic NovelPilkey, Dav
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the evil Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his robot henchmen.

Olivia KidneyPotter, Ellen
Olivia Kidney
Twelve-year-old Olivia explores her new apartment building and finds a psychic, talking lizards, a shrunken ex-pirate, an exiled princess, ghosts, and other unusual characters.


The Invention of Hugo CabretSelznick, Brian
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
When 12-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and secret project are jeopardized.

Out from BonevilleSmith, Jeff
Out from Boneville
Three cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of their home into the wild, where they become separated. They eventually reunite in a deep, forested valley where Fone meets a young girl named Thorn.

Secret IdentityVan Draanen, Wendelin
Secret Identity
Fifth grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, creates a secret identity – Shredderman – and uses it to create a website to tell the world about the bully’s misdeeds.

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