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Suggested Reading Grades 4 and 5: Home
Some great books to try in the summer holidays - don't forget to log your minutes!
Freaky Stories from Beneath the Sea by Caitie McAneneyThere is still so little we know about all that happens in the world's vast oceans. The dark depths beneath the waves are a mysterious realm scientists are still exploring. That means there's plenty of freaky creatures we don't yet understand or haven't yet seen, hiding in the blackness. Readers will delight in learning about otherworldly and ghastly sea animals, such as the prehistoric-looking frill shark and the fierce anglerfish. They'll even discover how the Titanic is being eaten by bacteria!
Call Number: J 551.46 MCA
The Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienThis introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-Earth recounts the adventures of the reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
Call Number: F_Fantasy TOL
Holes by Louis SacharStanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep.
Call Number: F_YABookPrize SAC
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà LaiHà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope--toward America. Inside Out and Back Again is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing.
Call Number: J_Realistic F LAI
Journey to the River Sea by Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator); Eva IbbotsonAccompanied by Miss Minton, a fierce-looking, no-nonsense governess, Maia, a young orphan, sets off for the wilderness of the Amazon, expecting curtains of orchids, brightly colored macaws, and a loving family. But what she finds is an evil-tempered aunt and uncle and their spoiled daughters. Soon, she is swept up in an exciting Amazon adventure.
Call Number: F_Adventure IBB
Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà LaiA California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, this is the last place she wants to be.
Call Number: F_Realistic LAI
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart; Carson Ellis (Illustrator)"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.
Call Number: J_Mystery F STE
Pax by Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be... with Pax.
Call Number: Online Fiction
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettA ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Call Number: J_Classics F CAL
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner; Marcia Sewall (Illustrator)Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race--the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn't the only one who desperately wants to win.
Call Number: J_Adventure F GAR
This Book Is Not Good for You by Pseudonymous BoschBetween the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you...and this story is particularly scrumptious!
Call Number: J_Fantasy F BOS
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones; Katie Kath (Illustrator)Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they've inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain!
Call Number: J_Animals F JON
The Wild Robot by Peter BrownWhen robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants.
Call Number: J_SciFi F BRO
The World's Worst Children 2 by David Walliams; Tony Ross (Illustrator)Are you ready to meet the World's Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls! * Like Sofia Sofa - a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she's turning into one! * Or Dribbling Drew - a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip! * And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha - a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales!
Call Number: J_Humor F WAL
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; Hope Larson (Adapted by, Illustrator)Late one night, three otherworldly creatures appear and sweep Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe away on a mission to save Mr. Murry, who has gone missing while doing top-secret work for the government. They travel via tesseract — a wrinkle that transports one across space and time - to the planet Camazotz, where Mr. Murry is being held captive. There they discover a dark force that threatens not only Mr. Murry but the safety of the whole universe
Call Number: J GN LAR
TumblebooksUNIS is a library of books for D - Grade 5. It can only be accessed while online.
The ICDL aspires to build a collection of books that represent outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world that has every culture and language represented.
Over the summer you can enter the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Enter your reading minutes online and each time, unlock digital rewards as you complete the challenge. There are book excerpts, videos and other summer exclusive content.
Boys don't keep diaries--or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.
Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school -- and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!
A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle
It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?
There's a new breed of justice in town, and he's ready to sniff out criminals-as soon as he stops chasing his own tail! New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don't have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer's worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school.
The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
Rachel Renee Russell's sequel to Dork Diaries is packed with adorable art and tons of laughs. Recipe for disaster: 4 parties. Add 2 friends and 1 crush. Divide by 1 mean girl out to RUIN Nikki. Mix well, put fingers over eyes, and CRINGE!
Minecraft: Combat Handbook
Revised edition with the most up to date stats, info, and sixteen pages of brand-new material! In Minecraft, you're never alone and the threat of attack is constant. How will you survive? The Official Combat Handbook now has sixteen additional pages with brand-new content.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
A children's book that reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.
The Discovery of America
These devious felines plan to travel back in time in order to change history to make them supreme rulers of Mouse Island! In his first time-traveling adventure, Geronimo and co. join Christopher Columbus on his voyage from Italy to America in 1492 in order to stop the Pirate cats and save all of the mice on Mouse Island.