Marston School Library 5th Grade Summer Reading Lists, 2006

*The summer is a great time to read for pleasure. Sometimes it is hard to decide what to read next. When this happens, talk to friends to see what they are reading, go to a bookstore and look at the books on display to see if any are interesting and, of course, visit the library for ideas—their books are free. Also, try some of the books on this list. So find a spot under a tree, on a blanket at the beach, or a quiet spot in your house and let the adventures begin!

*Don’t forget to register for Lane Library’s Summer Reading Program "Treasure Reading" and Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading Program where you have a chance to earn 2 free books.

Authors who written so many good books, it’s hard to mention just one. Try more than one story by these authors:

Andrew Clements

Frindle, A Week in the Woods, The Janitor’s Boy…

Gary Paulsen

Hatchet (Series), The Haymeadow…

Judy Blume

Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself…

Jerry Spinelli

Crash, Maniac Magee, Loser…

Louis Sachar

Small Steps (sequel to "Holes"), There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom…

Sharon Creech

Ruby Holler, Redbird, Walk Two Moons, Replay…

Lois Lowry

Number the Stars, The Giver…

Gordon Korman

Island Series, On the Run Series, Kidnapped Series…


Poppy Series, Don’t You Know There’s a War On…

Dan Gutman

Babe & Me, Honus & Me, Jackie & Me…

Garth Nix

Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday…

Eva Ibbotson

Dial-a-Ghost, The Secret of Platform 13…

Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit, A Light In the Attic…

Dick King-Smith

Lady Lollipop, Funny Frank, Magnus Powermouse

Harry Mazer

A Boy At War (trilogy)

Roald Dahl

Matilida, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches…

Bill Wallace

Goosed, Coyote Autumn, No Dogs Allowed

Other Books to Try:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo
Indian in the Cubboard (series) Lynn Reid Banks
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert C. O’Brien
Ida B…and her plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the World Katherine Hannigan
The Spiderwick Chronicles Tony DiTerlizzi
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E.L. Konigsburg
The Great Brain John D. Fitzgerald
The Trouble with Tuck Theodore Taylor
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George
Small Steps (sequel to Holes) Louis Sachar
The Land of Elyon Series Patrick Carman
Cricket in Times Square George Selden
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson
Flush (sequel to "Hoot") Carl Hiasson
The Golden Compass Trilogy Philip Pullman
Chet Gecko Mysteries Bruce Hale
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliet
Inkheart (#1), Inkspell (#2) Cornelia Funke
Eragon (#1), Eldest (#2) Christopher Paolini
Hank the Cowdog (series) John R. Erickson
Pictures of Hollis Woods Patricia Reilly Giff
The Edge Chronicles (Series) Paul Steward and Chris Riddell
Charlie Bone Series Jenny Nimmo
Varjak Paw S.F. Said
Warriors Series Erin Hunter
Guys Write For Guys Read Jon Scieszka
Bunnicula (series) James Howe
Lost on a Mountain in Maine Joseph Egan
Defiance Valerie Hobbs
Earthquake Terror Peg Kehret
Zulu Dog Anton Ferreria
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko
Chocolate Fever Robert Kimmel Smith


In addition to these suggestions, some students had the opportunity in computer to search for books according to their individual lexile scores and topic preferences. To do this from home, log on to and click on "Families." Click on "Lexile Book Database," scroll down and type in the lexile range. This will give books appropriate for each child’s reading level.