Great Books for Fourth and Fifth Grade

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Andy Russell, NOT Wanted by the Police by David Adler  118 pages

  • Andy and Tamika are watching their neighbor's house while they are away, but when strange and troubling things start happening inside the house, the police do not believe the children. Check our catalogue

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander  217 pages

  • Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save the land of Prydain from the evil forces of the Horned King. Check our catalogue

Skellig by David Almond   182 pages

  • Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel. Check our catalogue

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson   188 pages

  • Can Lily, with her two best friends, Katie and Jasper, foil a plan to conquer the world by mind-controlled whales on stilts with laser beam eyes? Check our catalogue

Poppy by Avi    147 pages

  • Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a big field of corn, but Mr.Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas. Check our catalogue

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt   139 pages

  • The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older. Check our cataloue

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs 179 pages

  • A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday. Check our catalogue

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing by Judy Blume  120 pages

  • Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem. Check our catalogue

The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston  157 pages

  • Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother at the ancient house of Green Knowe and becomes friends with three children who lived there in the seventeenth century. Check our catalogue

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall   262 pages

  • While vacationing with their widowed father, four young sisters share adventures with a young boy much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. Check our catalogue

Bingo Brown and the Language of Love by Betsy Byars 132 pages

  • As twelve-year-old Bingo Brown strives for the triumphs of today and steels himself against the tribulations of tomorrow, he discovers that he will have to undergo a few more trials and triumphs before growing up. Check our catalogue

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling  87 pages

The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter by Matt Christopher 42 pages

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary  133 pages

  • In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. Check our catalogue

The Jacket by Andrew Clements   89 pages

  • An incident at school forces sixth grader Phil Morelli, a white boy, to become aware of racial discrimination and segregation, and to seriously consider if he himself is prejudiced. Check our catalogue

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech   86 pages

  • A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. Check our catalogue

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis  210 pages

  • The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Check our catalogue

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman  169 pages

  • The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off. Check our catalogue

The Witches by Roald Dahl   201 pages

  • A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice. Check our catalogue

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo  270 pages

  • The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Check our catalogue

Half Magic by Edward Eager   217 pages

  • Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes. Check our catalogue

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright   175 pages

  • Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance. Check our catalogue

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich  244 pages

  • Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. Check our catalogue

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes  80 pages

  • When ragged Wanda brags that she has one hundred dresses at home, the other girls in her class don’t believe her. Check our catalogue

The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald  175 pages

  • The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, frequently the victim of the Great Brain's schemes for gaining prestige or money. Check our catalogue

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman  193 pages

  • Aunt Arabella's butler, Praiseworthy, and her nephew stowaway on a ship to win a fortune for her in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Check our catalogue

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke   534 pages

  • Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Check our catalogue

Coraline by Neil Gaiman   162 pages

  • Bored in her new house, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is disturbingly different. She must save herself, her parents, and the souls of three children from a terrifying entity. Check our catalogue

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos  153 pages

  • To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired. Check our catalogue

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff  166 pages

  • A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home. Check our catalogue

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman   140 pages

  • Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus. Check our catalogue

Turnabout by Margaret Haddix   223 pages

  • "It isn't natural for you to be younger than your great-grandchildren. We messed around with nature, and we shouldn't have. Melly and Anny Beth both lived normal lives throughout the 20th century. But in 2000, when they are old and ready to die, they are selected to participate in Project Turnabout and are given an injection to make them grow younger..." Check our catalogue

Ida B:--And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan   246 pages

  • Ida B is happy in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer, and her family must sell part of the orchard. Check our catalogue

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry  173 pages

  • The determination of two youngsters to win a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction. Check our catalogue

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath  149 pages

  • Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea. Check our catalogue

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson  231 pages

  • Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant. Check our catalogue

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster   255 pages

  • A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom. Check our catalogue

Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise  138 pages

  • When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results. Check our catalogue

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg      162 pages

  • Claudia and her little brother, Jamie, run away from home to go live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, only to discover someone is also living there. Check our catalogue

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle  203 pages

  • Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Check our catalogue

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine  232 pages

  • In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. Check our catalogue

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 183 pages

  • Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Check our catalogue

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord 169 pages

  • In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball. Check our catalogue

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry   137 pages

  • In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Check our catalogue

The Quigleys by Simon Mason   148 pages

  • The adventures and misadventures of the four members of the Quigley family--Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will. Check our catalogue

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey   149 pages

  • Six episodes in the life of Homer Price, including one about a donut machine on the rampage. Check our catalogue

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor   144 pages

  • When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs. Check our catalogue

The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  131 pages

  • Eleven-year-old motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model, but when placed in homely Mrs.Plotkin’s class, she learns that it is what is inside of people that counts. Check our catalogue

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien 233 pages

  • Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. Check our catalogue

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell  184 pages

  • Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life. Check our catalogue

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park   152 pages

  • Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. Check our catalogue

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson  128 pages

  • The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. Check our catalogue

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen   195 pages

  • On his way to visit his father in the Canadian mountains, Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes.His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness. Check our catalogue

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck  148 pages

  • Bodies in the parlor, tricking the sheriff … vacations are never dull with this Grandma! Check our catalogue

I Was a Rat! by Philip Pullman   104 pages

  • A little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a lonely old couple and insists he was a rat. Check our catalogue

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls  212 pages

  • A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. Check our catalogue

The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson  117 pages 

  • The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year. Check our catalogue

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell  115 pages 

  • Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are readily supplied by his opponent, whose motto seems to be the bigger and juicier the better! Check our catalogue

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda   151 pages

  • Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak, and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back. Check our catalogue

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 309 pages

  • Orphaned Harry escapes his dreadful relatives when he is invited to attend Hogwarts Academy and learn how to use his wizard’s powers. Check our catalogue

Holes by Louis Sachar   233 pages

  • Overweight and unpopular Stanley is sent to a nightmarish correctional camp in Texas where he makes his first true friend, discovers buried treasure, and gains a new sense of himself. Check our catalogue

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka  55 pages

  • Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land. Check our catalogue

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket  162 pages

  • After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Check our catalogue

Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder  215 pages

  • A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies. Check our catalogue

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol   88 pages

  • Try to crack these ten brain-twisting mysteries along with Encyclopedia Brown and his famous computerlike brain --the answer to all the mysteries are found in the back! Check our catalogue

Loser by Jerry Spinelli   218 pages

  • Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself. Check our catalogue

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor  188 pages

  • The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century. Check our catalogue

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor  276 pages

  • A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. Check our catalogue

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen 168 pages

  • Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother. Check our catalogue

Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen  138 pages

  • Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman! Check our catalogue

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White   184 pages

  • Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. Check our catalogue

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 237 pages

  • A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors. Check our catalogue

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Folk & Fairy Tales

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 111 pages

  • Traditional and modern-day tales and "jump" stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, haunts, superstitions, monsters and horrible scary things. Check our catalogue

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka 52 pages

  • Young subversives everywhere will love these ten fractured fairy tales. Check our catalogue

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Poetry

A Poke in the I by Paul B. Janeczko  35 pages 

  • Thirty concrete poems of all shapes and sizes are carefully laid on large white spreads, extended by Raschka's quirky watercolor and paper-collage illustrations. Check our catalogue

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