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Fifth and Sixth Grades

Fifth and Sixth Grades
Check  j sections at the Library to find these titles other good reads for fifth and sixth graders. Click on the book cover for information on current availability in the Library. Use the back arrow to return to the list.

Home of the Brave
Katherine Applegate
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.
Tank Talbott’s Guide to Girls
Dori Hillestad Butler
Having agreed to get math tutoring and to practice writing over the summer to avoid flunking fifth grade, Tank learns some important lessons about both family and fighting while writing a boy's guide to understanding girls.
No Talking
Andrew Clements 
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club
Niki Daly
A controversial new teacher at Bayside Preparatory School introduces the exciting world of art to aspiring artist Bettina Valentino and her fifth-grade classmates, encouraging them to see everyday life in a different way.
Trouble at Betts Pets
Kelly Easton
A number of changes are taking place in fifth-grader Aaron's life: business at the family pet shop is declining, forcing his parents to consider selling the store; luxury condominiums are going up on the land that houses a community garden, displacing the homeless woman who lives there; and Aaron gets to know his seemingly perfect classmate Sharon when she begins to tutor him in math.
Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire
Brenda A. Ferber
Spending the summer after fifth grade at Camp Star Lake in Wisconsin, Jemma discovers the joy of sailing and learns a lesson about friendship.
Dork on the Run
Carol Gorman
Having reluctantly agreed to run for sixth-grade president, Jerry, who has been trying to change his image as a dork, finds his opponent playing dirty tricks on him.
The Homework Machine
Dan Gutman
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.
The Trouble Begins
Linda Himelblau
Reunited with his family for the first time since he was a baby, fifth grader Du struggles to adapt to his new home in the United States.
Ratfink
Marcia Thornton Jones
Creative, impulsive Logan vows to turn over a new leaf in fifth grade so his parents will let him have a pet, but when a competitive new girl arrives at school and his forgetful and embarrassing grandfather takes over the basement of Logan's house, doing the right thing becomes harder than it has ever been.
Leon and the Champion Chip
Allen Kurzweil
Employing scientific methods learned in Mr. Sparks's class, fifth-grader Leon competes in a potato chip tasting contest and takes revenge against Lumpkin the bully.
My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie
David Lubar
Tired of continually having his feelings hurt by popular students and bullies, fifth-grader Nathan agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone, and becomes a half-dead zombie, a condition which, he soon discovers, has some real advantages.
The Quail Club
Carolyn Marsden
Now in fifth grade, Oy wants to do a Thai dance at the school talent show until Liliandra threatens to kick her out of their club if they do not perform an American-style skit together.
Next to Mexico
Jennifer Nails
Outspoken, impulsive Lylice has skipped fifth grade, but she finds that getting along at Susan B. Anthony Middle School is more difficult than she expected, until she befriends another newcomer to the sixth grade.
Sixth Grade Glommers, Norks and Me
Lisa Papademetriou
As Allie Kimball starts sixth grade, she discovers that middle school is a very different world, populated with glommers -- those girls who cling to each other in groups; norks -- a combination of a nerd and a dork; and worst of all, squashes -- crushes that make you feel like your heart has been stepped on. With the help of her soccer team, a few new friends, and some shocking surprises from old friends, Allie soon discovers that she does have the strength to be herself.
The Caped Sixth Grader: Happy Birthday, Hero!
Zoe Quinn
Just after her twelfth birthday, Zoe Richards, daughter of a police officer and a social activist, learns that her family tree holds an inheritance even more exciting.
For Your Eyes Only!
Joanne Rocklin
When Jeff's friend leaves a Labrador retriever puppy with his family for a week, his dog T.P. and cat Cord hope the energetic puppy does not stay longer.
(jc fiction)
The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club
Catherine Stier
When four fifth-grade friends complete a "tell-all" survey, tensions arise and come to a head during an overnight class trip.
Bad Girls
Cynthia Voigt
After meeting on the first day in Mrs. Chemsky's fifth-grade class, Margalo and Mikey help each other in and out of trouble, as they try to maintain a friendship while each asserts her independence.
Standing for Socks
Elissa Brent Weissman
At the end of fifth grade, Fara decides to wear mismatched socks as a statement of individuality, but once middle school starts and she wants to be known for her ideas rather than her clothing, she feels burdened by an image that she no longer wants.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time
Lisa Yee
After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.
Leap
Jane Breskin Zalben
In the midst of the usual teenaged angst over romantic relationships and figuring out their place in the world, childhood friends Krista and Daniel reconnect when, in the sixth grade, Daniel is temporarily paralyzed.
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