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Great Books for Grades 5 - 6


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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.

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

The big field Lupica, Mike
The big field
On the eve of the Florida state finals, fourteen- year-old Hutch finds himself feuding with his arrogant new teammate and upset by his father’s seeming lack of interest in his baseball career.

Miss Spitfire: reaching Helen KellerMiller, Sarah Elizabeth
Miss Spitfire: reaching Helen Keller
At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to teach six-year-old Helen Keller who was left deaf and blind since age two.



Every soul a star: a novelMoss, Wendy
Every soul a star: a novel
The lives of three young people, Ally, Bree and Jack intersect and transform against the backdrop of a total solar eclipse.



All of the abovePearsall, Shelley
All of the above
Five urban middle school students, their teacher, and other community members relate how a school project to build the world's largest tetrahedron affects the lives of everyone involved.


On the wings of heroesPeck, Richard
On the wings of heroes
Davy Bowman recounts his life in small town Illinois before and during World War II. He especially remembers his two heroes--his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in World War I.


Billy CreekmorePorter, Tracey
Billy Creekmore
In 1905, ten-year-old Billy is taken from an orphanage to live with his aunt and uncle. He enjoys his first taste of family life until he works in a coal mine and finds trouble there. When he joins a traveling circus, he begins a quest to find his father, his past, and his own true self.

HolesSachar, Louis
Overweight and unpopular Stanley is sent to a nightmarish correctional camp in Texas where he makes his first true friend.



Wednesday warsSchmidt, Gary D.
Wednesday wars
On Wednesday afternoons, during the 1967 school year when all his classmates go to religious instruction, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom. Together they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much about the world he lives in.


Mysterious Benedict SocietyStewart, Trenton Lee
Mysterious Benedict Society
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission. They must go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.



Emma-Jean Lazarus fell out of a tree Tarshis, Lauren
Emma-Jean Lazarus fell out of a tree
Quirky and logical seventh-grader Emma-Jean gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers with positive results.



Listen!Tolan, Stephanie S.
While she heals from a crippling accident, twelve-year-old Charley finds a wild dog and begins the long process of training him. This leads her to explore her feelings about her mother's death two years earlier.


A Crooked kind of perfectUrban, Linda
A Crooked kind of perfect
Ten-year-old Zoe dreams of playing the piano, but her father buys her a Perfectone D-60 organ instead. She longs to play in a concert hall but enters the Perform-O-Rama playing hits from the Seventies. Life is full of surprises and maybe the unexpected will help her find what she’s really hoping for.

So totally Emily EbersYee, Lisa
So totally Emily Ebers
In a series of letters to her absent father, twelve-year-old Emily Ebers deals with moving cross-country, her parents' divorce, a new friendship, and her first serious crush.


STORM: the Infinity CodeYoung, E. L.
STORM: the Infinity Code
In London, Will, Andrew, and Gaia, the teenaged geniuses of STORM (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery), uncover plans for a deadly weapon. They race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme.

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