Fantastic Books for Fifth & Sixth Graders


  • Auxier, Jonathan. The Night Gardener: A Scary Story. 2014.

    Irish orphans Molly, 14, and Kip, 10, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. Available on audio. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Barnett, Mac. The Terrible Two. 2015.

    When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Beasley, Cassie. Circus Mirandus. 2015.

    When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus and use its magic to save his grandfather's life. Available on audio.

  • Choldenko, Gennifer. Chasing Secrets. 2015.

    Lizzie may not be the best at fitting in with San Francisco's high society in 1900, but when a friend is caught in a quarantine after a rumor that the Plague has arrived, she may be the only one who can free him and save the people of Chinatown. Available on audio.

  • Frederick, Heather Vogel. Absolutely Truly. 2015.

    After moving to the small town of Pumpkin Falls to take over the family bookstore when her father, an injured war veteran, cannot find other work, Truly finds an unsent letter in a valuable book and embarks on a treasure hunt.

  • Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree. 2015.

    Hiding the truth about her inability to read from a highly motivated new teacher, Ally eventually discovers her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of and gains new confidence as she finds alternative ways to learn. Available on audio. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Korman, Gordon. Masterminds. 2015.

    Eli's life in Serenity, New Mexico is perfect— just like everyone else's— but when his best friend disappears, Eli discovers that the adults in town have a secret, and that someone, or something, is preventing the kids of Serenity from ever leaving. Available on audio.

  • Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Echo: A Novel. 2015.

    Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise and a harmonica. Decades later, three children are caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the 20th century, struggling to keep their families intact and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. Available on audio. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Sachar, Louis. Fuzzy Mud. 2015.

    While taking a shortcut home, fifth-grader Tamaya and seventh-grader Marshall discover what looks like fuzzy mud, but it isn't, it's a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world. Available on audio. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Selznick, Brian. The Marvels. 2015.

    Shipwreck survivor Billy Marvel finds work in a London theater, where his family flourishes until disaster strikes in 1900. Ninety years later, Joseph has run away from home and takes up residence with his eccentric uncle Albert. Could Albert be the key to unlocking the secrets to Joseph's past? (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Tyre, Lisa Lewis. Last in a Long Line of Rebels. 2015.

    When the county announces that it's taking her house, Lou and her best friend, Benzer, try to save it by solving a mystery about a cache of Civil War gold stolen by her notorious ancestor. Available on audio.

  • White, J.A. The Thickety: A Path Begins. 2014.

    When Kara Westfall was six, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes in their small village: witchcraft. Years later, Kara is lured into a forbidden forest where she discovers her mother's book of powers and begins to harness her own magical— and dangerous— abilities.

  • Williams-Garcia, Rita. Gone Crazy in Alabama. 2015.

    Spending the summer with their grandmother in the rural South, three sisters from Brooklyn discover the surprising reason behind their mother's estrangement from their aunt. Available on audio.

Graphic novels

  • Holm, Jennifer L. Sunny Side Up. 2015.

    This semi-autobiographical tale by the award-winning sister-brother team behind the Babymouse series follows the lives of kids whose older brother's delinquent behavior has thrown their family into chaos.

  • Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. 2015.

    Just as long-time friends Astrid and Nicole are growing apart, Astrid discovers roller derby. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • TenNapel, Doug. Cardboard. 2012.

    All Cam's dad has for Cam's birthday is a lousy piece of cardboard, but when they fold it into the shape of a boxer it comes to life! They realize they have something spectacular on their hands, and so does Marcus, the bully next door. Can Cam and his dad stop Marcus from using the cardboard for evil?


revised December 2015