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Great Books for Grades 5 - 6


FiregirlAbbott, Tony
Seventh grader Tom Bender’s life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Golden dream of Carlo ChuchioAlexander, Lloyd
Golden dream of Carlo Chuchio
Naive and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a girl determined to return home, follow a treasure map through the deserts and cities of the infamous Golden Road, as mysterious strangers try in vain to point them toward real treasures.

The UnderneathAppelt, Kathi
The Underneath
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack and two kittens born underneath the house endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.



Crispin: the cross of leadAvi
Crispin: the cross of lead
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

Cornelia and the audacious escapades of the Somerset sisters Blume, Lesley M. M.
Cornelia and the audacious escapades of the Somerset sisters
Cornelia, eleven-year-old and lonely, learns about language and life from an elderly new neighbor who has many stories to share about the fabulous adventures she and her sisters had while traveling around the world.

MasterpieceBroach, Elsie
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Skeleton man Bruchac, Joseph
Skeleton man
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life.


Al Capone does my shirtsCholdenko, Gennifer
Al Capone does my shirts
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Artemis FowlColfer, Eoin
Artemis Fowl
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Revolution is not a dinner partyCompestine, Ying Chang
Revolution is not a dinner party
Nine-year-old Ling, the daughter of two doctors, comes of age during the waning years of the Communist China’s Cultural Revolution.

Elijah of BuxtonCurtis, Christopher Paul
Elijah of Buxton
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, uses his wits to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money meant to buy a slave family’s freedom.

Midwife’s apprenticeCushman, Karen
Midwife’s apprentice
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

Shooting the moonDowell, Frances O’Roark
Shooting the moon
When her brother, T.J., is sent to fight in Vietnam, twelve-year-old Jamie begins to reconsider the army world that she has grown up in. She develops the rolls of film he sends back from the war and gradually realizes the horrors T.J. is facing.


The City of EmberDuPrau, Jeanne
The City of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.


The Porcupine yearErdrich, Louise
The Porcupine year
In 1852, fourteen-year-old Omokayas and her Ojibwe family travel in search of a new home after the United States government forces them to leave their beloved Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker.

The Thief Lord Funke, Cornelia
The Thief Lord
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."


CoralineGaiman, Neil
Coraline finds a mysterious corridor in her family’s new flat and fights sinister forces trying to keep her family prisoners forever.



I am not Joey PigzaGantos, Jack
I am not Joey Pigza
Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz, apologizing for his past bad behavior and expecting forgiveness from Joey and his mother. He wants them to help fix up the old diner he has purchased. Joey must use all his emotional reserves to face this latest challenge.

Into the woods Gardner, Lyn
Into the woods
The three Eden sisters flee into the woods with the magic pipe bequeathed by their mother, pursued by the sinister Dr. Wilde who seeks it to take over the entire land.



Eleven: a mysteryGiff, Patricia Reilly
Eleven: a mystery
Who is Sam and what do his strange dreams mean? Why is the number 11 so important? When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and with the help of a new friend at school, he sets out to answer these questions.

Million dollar puttGutman, Dan
Million dollar putt
Assisted by his neighbor, Birdie, blind thirteen-year-old Ed "Bogie" Bogard will win one million dollars if he can sink a ten-foot putt in Hawaii's fifth annual Angus Killick Memorial Tournament.



FoundHaddix, Margaret Peterson
A plane arrives almost unnoticed at the airport. The only passengers are 36 babies. Thirteen years later, Jonah and Chip discover they are both adopted and were on that plane from nowhere. Ultimately they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

My one hundred adventuresHorvath, Polly
My one hundred adventures
Twelve-year-old Jane Fielding lives an idyllic life with her poet mother and three younger siblings on a Massachusetts beach. But she wants this summer to be different. So she prays for a hundred adventures and gets fourteen, each teaching her a little about herself.


The GirlsKoss, Amy Goldman
The Girls
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.



Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
La Fevers, R.L.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
You'd be surprised by how many things come into the museum loaded with curses--bad ones, says twelve-year-old Theodosia, whose parents run London's Museum of Legends and Antiquities. When her archaeologist mother returns from Egypt with a crate of artifacts, Theodosia is the only one who can feel the objects’ dark magic.

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