Fantastic Books for Fifth & Sixth Graders


  • Abbott, Tony. The Copernicus Legacy #1: The Forbidden Stone. 2014.

    Wade, Lily, Darrell and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

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

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

  • Booth, Coe. Kinda Like Brothers. 2014.

    When his mother takes in a 12-year-old foster child, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Fitzgerald, Laura M. Under the Egg. 2014.

    When Theodora spills rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather's painting, she discovers what seems to be a Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That's great news for Theo, who's struggling to support her unstable mother, but she worries the painting may be stolen.

  • Harrington, Karen. Courage for Beginners. 2014.

    Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she was a character in a book. If her life was fiction, she'd know just how to solve her problems at school, take care of her family and deal with the big secret about her mother.

  • Holczer, Tracy. The Secret Hum of a Daisy. 2014.

    After Grace's mother dies, the 12-year-old is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. Then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt— one that will help her find her true home.

  • Lamana, Julie T. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere. 2014.

    It's late August 2005, and 10-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, where she and her extended family live. But Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog. When the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels and leave her routines behind in order to rescue her pet.

  • Milford, Kate. Greenglass House. 2014.

    Milo plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing with his adoptive parents who run Greenglass House, but soon guests arrive with strange stories connected to the inn. As objects disappear and tempers flare, Milo and his friend set out to learn the truth about Greenglass House.

  • Preus, Margi. West of the Moon. 2014. [also available on audio]

    In 19th-century Norway, 14-year-old Astri and her little sister live under the rule of their mean aunt until she sells Astri to an even meaner goat-herder. Magic and reality combine as Astri plans to escape from the goat man, rescue her sister and join their father in America.

  • Sovern, Megan Jean. The Meaning of Maggie. 2014.

    Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at the moment she is also facing lots of problems— like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father, who is out of work and in a wheelchair.

  • Wiles, Deborah. Revolution. 2014. [also available on audio]

    It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by northerners who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better as a new stepmother, brother and sister are crowding into her life, leaving her little room to breathe.

  • White, J.A. The Thickety: A Path Begins. 2014. [also available as e-book]

    When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of witchcraft, the worst of all crimes in their small village. 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 abilities.

Graphic novels

  • Bell, Cece. El Deafo. 2014.

    This poignant tale, based on the author's own experiences with hearing loss, follows the adventures of young Cece, who develops "superpowers" to manage the challenges of making friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid that lets her hear things she shouldn't. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Telgemeier, Raina. Sisters. 2014.

    When Raina and her family go on a road trip for a family reunion, her complicated relationship with her sister and the shifting dynamic between their parents becomes hard to ignore.


revised January 2015