Hot Fifth Grade Books

The following list contains a selection of books to satisfy the wide variety of reading levels and interests of fifth grade readers. Most of the authors listed have written other books at this level. A book's Lexile number is in parenthesis after the title when available. Click on the title to check the availability of a book.
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Adventure and Survival | Animals | Biographies | Fantasy | Ghost & Horror Stories | Historical Fiction | Holocaust | Humor | In Other Lands | Misfits & Outcasts | Mysteries & Thrillers | Non-Fiction | Novels in Poems | School, Friends & Family | Science Fiction | Short Stories | Sports

Adventure and Survival

Campbell, Eric The Place of Lions. (850)
Creech, Sharon The Wanderer. (830)
Edwards, Julie Andrews Dragon: Hound of  Honor.  (830)
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain.  (810)
Gutman, Dan  Getting Air.  (660)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson  Running Out of  Time.  (730)
Harrison, Michael It's My Life.
Hesse, Karen The Music of  Dolphins.  (560)
Hiaasen, Carl Chomp.
Hobbs, Will The Big Wander.  (800)
Johnson, Henry Travis & Freddy’s Adventures in Vegas.
Kehret, Peg Earthquake Terror.  (690)
Kelley, Jane Nature Girl.  (590)
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of  Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  (700)
Korman, Gordon Shipwreck.  (610)
Lawrence, Iain The Wreckers.  (640)
London, C. Alexander  We Are Not Eaten by Yaks.  (760)
Maddox, Jake  Blizzard! (420)
Nelson, N.A. Bringing the Boy Home.  (710)
Paulsen, Gary  Hatchet.  (1020)
Ruckman, Ivy  Night of the Twisters.  (790)
Sachar, Louis Holes.  (660)
Selfors, Suzanne Smells Like Dog.  (670)
Smith, Roland  Independence Hall. (660)
Snicket, Lemony The Bad Beginning.  (1010)
Snow, Maya Sisters of the Sword.  (840)
Stone, Jeff Tiger.  (800)
Taylor, Theodore The Cay.  (860)
Wilson, N.D.  Leepike Ridge.  (780)
Wood, Don Into the Volcano:  A Graphic Novel.  (GN240)

Animal Stories

Real Animals

Bagnold, Enid National Velvet.  (700)
Bauer, Michael Gerard  Just a Dog.
Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey.  (1320)
Eckert, Allan W. Incident at Hawk’s Hill.  (1200)
Farley, Walter The Black Stallion.  (680)
George, Jean Craighead  Frightful’s Mountain.  (640)
Harlow, Joan Hiatt  Thunder From the Sea.  (700)
Henry, Marguerite Misty of Chincoteague.  (750)
Jukes, Mavis Smoke:  A Novel.  (HL550)
Kehret, Peg Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue.
Knight, Eric Lassie Come-Home.  (780)
Langston, Laura The Trouble with Cupid.
Lester, Alison The Snow Pony.
Lewis, Gill  One White Dolphin.  (620)
Matthews, L.S.  A Dog for Life.  (910)
Mikaelsen, Ben Stranded.  (610)
Mowat, Farley Owls in the Family.  (980)
Nuzum, K.A. The Leanin’ Dog.  (960)

Talking Animals

Appelt, Kathi The Underneath.  (830)
Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan.
Baker, E.D. The Frog Princess.  (710)
Bauer, Marion Dane Runt.  (690)
Collins, Suzanne Gregor the Overlander.  (630)
Finney, Patricia I, Jack.  (540)
Gleitzman, Morris Toad Rage.  (770)
Hunter, Erin Into the Wild.  (790)
Jacques, Brian Redwall.  (800)
Jarvis, Robin The Dark Portal.  (650)
Jonell, Lynne Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat.  (780)
Lasky, Kathryn The Capture.  (730)
Lee, Jenny Elvis and the Underdogs.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds The Grand Escape.  (810)
Oppel, Kenneth Silverwing.  (660)


Brewster, Hugh Anastasia's Album.  (1010)
Bridges, Ruby Through My Eyes.  (860)
Codell, Esme Raji Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade.  (960)
Cyrus, Miley Miles to Go.
Dahl, Roald Boy:  Tales of Childhood.  (1090)
Fleischman, Sid The Trouble Begins at 8:  A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West.
Flowers, Pam Alone Across the Arctic:  One Woman’s Epic Journey by Dog Team.  (840)
Fradin, Judith Bloom Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northus, Free Black Man.
Freedman, Russell Lincoln:  A Photobiography.  (1110)
Goodall, Jane My Life with the Chimpanzees.  (910)
Houston, Dick Bulu: African Wonder Dog.  (700)
Jordan, Michael I Can’t Accept Not Trying:  Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence.
Lawlor, Laurie Helen Keller:  Rebellious Spirit.  (1040)
Mah, Adeline Yen Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter.  (690)
McCully, Emily Arnold Manjiro:  The Boy who Risked His Life for Two Countries.
Mortenson, Greg Three Cups of Tea.  (910)
Paulsen, Gary How Angel Peterson Got His Name.  (1180)
Siegal, Aranka Memories of Babi:  Stories.
Sis, Peter The Wall:  Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.  (AD760)
Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio.  (890)
 Scieszka, Jon Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka.  (750)
Szabo, Corrine Sky Pioneer:  A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart.  (1010)
Watson, Stephanie Daniel Radcliffe:  Film and Stage Star.


Drake, Emily The Magickers.  (710)
Duane, Diane So You Want to be a Wizard.  (960)
Early, Alan Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent: Book 1, the Father of Lies Chronicles.
Ferris, Jean Once Upon a Marigold.  (840)
Funke, Cornelia Dragon Rider.  (710)
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book.  (820)
Gilman, Laura Anne The Camelot Spell.
Gliori, Debi Pure Dead Wicked.  (1020)
Henham, R.D. Red Dragon Codex.
Hulme, John The Glitch in Sleep.  (1060)
Jones, Diana Wynne Witch Week.
Kerr, P. B. The Akhenaten Adventure.  (900)
Langrish, Katherine Troll Fell.  (730)
Law, Ingrid Savvy.  (1070)
Levine, Gail Carson The Wish.  (490)
Morris, Gerald The Squire's Tale.  (700)
Nesbit, E. Wet Magic.
Nimmo, Jenny Midnight for Charlie Bone.  (630)
Nix, Garth Mister Monday.  (800)
Pearce, Philippa Tom's Midnight Garden.  (860)
Pierce, Tamora Alanna:  The First Adventure.  (690)
Riordan, Rick The Lightning Thief.  (740)
Sage, Angie Magyk.  (640)
Sanderson, Brandon Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians.  (730)
Thompson, Kate Switchers.  (860)
Turner, Megan Whalen The Thief.  (920)
Walden, Mark H.I.V.E. (Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education).  (1040)
Wilson, N.D. The 100 Cupboards.  (650)
Winthrop, Elizabeth The Castle in the Attic.  (750)
Wood, Maryrose The Mysterious Howling.  (1000)
Wrede, Patricia C Dealing with Dragons.  (830)

Ghost & Horror Stories

Avi The Seer of Shadows.  (720)
Delaney, Joseph Revenge of the Witch.  (840)
Gaiman, Neil Coraline.  (740)
Hahn, Mary Downing Time for Andrew:  A Ghost Story.  (710)
Hartinger, Brent Dreamquest:  Tales of Slumberia.  (610)
Ibbotson, Eva The Haunting of Granite Falls.
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody School Spirit.  (790)
Kloepfer, John The Zombie Chasers.  (760)
Newbery, Linda Lost Boy.  (740)
Stine, R.L. Beware!  R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories.
Stringer, Helen Spellbinder.  (840)
Wallace, Rich Wicked Cruel.

Historical Fiction

Dowswell, Paul Powder Monkey:  Adventures of Sam Witchall.
Eames, Brian The Dagger Quick.  (690)
Fleischman, Paul Bull Run.  (810)
Giff, Patricia Reilly Nory Ryan’s Song.  (600)
Hahn, Mary Downing The Gentleman Outlaw and Me--Eli:  A Story of the Old West.  (890)
Hesse, Karen Letters from Rifka.  (660)
Hilgartner, Beth A Murder for Her Majesty.  (690)
Haworth, Danette Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning.  (580)
Kelly, Jacqueline The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.  (830)
Klages, Ellen The Green Glass Sea.  (790)
Lawrence, Iain The Wreckers.  (640)
Levine, Gail Carson Dave at Night.  (490)
Magorian, Michelle Good Night, Mr. Tom.  (760)
Miller, Sarah Miss Spitfire:  Reaching Helen Keller.  (890)
Namioka, Lensey Ties That Bind, Ties That Break:  A Novel.  (830)
Park, Linda Sue When My Name Was Keoko.  (610)
Paulsen, Gary Mr. Tucket.  (830)
Peck, Richard Fair Weather: A Novel.  (670)
Philbrick, Rodman The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  (950)
Preus, Margi Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro.  (760)
Reeder, Carolyn Shades of Gray.  (800)
Rosenthal, Betsy R. Looking for Me.  (1130)
Salisbury, Graham Under the Blood-Red Sun.  (640)
Smith, Roland Elephant Run.  (750)
Speare, Elizabeth George The Sign of the Beaver.  (770)
Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer.
Wilson, Diane Lee I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade.  (1010)
Wolf, Joan M. Someone Named Eva.  (820)
Woodruff, Elvira The Ravenmaster’s Secret:  Escape from the Tower of London.  (750)


Glatstein, Jacob Emil and Karl.  (720)
Kacer, Kathy Hiding Edith.
Levine, Karen Hana’s Suitcase:  A True Story.  (730)
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars.  (670)
Morpurgo, Michael  The Mozart Question.  (810)
Richter, Hans Peter Friedrich.  (650)
Roy, Jennifer Rozines Yellow Star.  (710)
Warren, Andrea Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps.  (820)
Williams, Laura E. Behind the Bedroom Wall.  (860)
Yolen, Jane The Devil's Arithmetic.  (730)


Avi Never Mind!: A Twin Novel. (620)
Behrens, Andy The Fast and the Furriest.  (660)
Dahl, Roald The Witches.  (740)
Dickinson, Peter Chuck and Danielle.  (900)
Fitzgerald, John D. The Great Brain.  (840)
Fry, Michael The Odd Squad: Bully Bait.
Gutman, Dan Funny Boy Takes On the Chitchatting Cheeses from Chattanooga.
Hiaasen, Carl Hoot.  (760)
Holm, Jennifer Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf:  A Year Told Through Stuff.
Johnson, Henry Travis & Freddy’s Adventures in Vegas.
Kennemore, Tim Circle of Doom.
Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s Journal.  (950)
Klise, Kate Letters From Camp.
Korman, Gordon No More Dead Dogs.  (610)
Maguire, Gregory Seven Spiders Spinning.  (830)
McMullan, Kate Have a Hot Time, Hades!  (550)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds The Boys Start the War.  (740)
Peck, Richard A Year Down Yonder.  (610)
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus Borgel.  (650)
Roberts, Diane Made You Look:  A Novel.  (620)
Selden, George Harry Cat's Pet Puppy.

In Other Lands

Blume, Lesley M.M. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters.  (650)
Cassidy, Cathy Scarlett.  (770)
Creech, Sharon Bloomability.  (850)
Dhami, Narinder Bindi Babes.  (660)
Ellis, Deborah The Breadwinner.  (630)
Fleischman, Sid The White Elephant.  (770)
Hobbs, Will Crossing the Wire.  (670)
Lowery, Linda Truth and Salsa.  (680)
Michael, Jan City Boy.  (620)
Nitz, Kristin Wolden Defending Irene.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Becoming Naomi León.  (830)
Ryan, Pam Muñoz The Dreamer.  (650)
Starke, Ruth Noodle Pie.  (770)
Whelan, Gloria Listening for Lions.  (900)

Misfits & Outcasts

Baskin, Nora Raleigh Anything But Typical.  (HL640)
Blume, Judy Blubber.  (660)
Choldenko, Gennifer Notes from a Liar and Her Dog.  (580)
Davis, Katie The Curse of Addy McMahon.  (740)
Dowell, Frances O’Roark Where I’d Like to Be.  (910)
Ferber, Brenda A. Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire.  (680)
Holt, Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.  (700)
Roy, James  Max Quigley:  Technically Not a Bully.  (940)
Sachar, Louis There's a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.  (490)
Spinelli, Jerry Loser.  (650)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Abbott, Tony The Postcard.  (630)
Balliett, Blue Chasing Vermeer.  (770)
Balliett, Blue The Danger Box.  (750)
Barry, Dave Science Fair:  A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog.  (770)
Bellairs, John The House with a Clock in Its Walls.  (800)
Bonk, John Madhattan Mystery.  (790)
Broach, Elise Shakespeare’s Secret.  (620)
Carman, Patrick Floors.  (870)
Dowd, Siobhan The London Eye Mystery.  (640)
Gibbs, Stuart Belly Up.  (820)
Giff, Patricia Reilly Eleven.  (600)
Hiaasen, Carl Scat.  (810)
Horowitz, Anthony The Falcon’s Malteser:  A Diamond Brothers Mystery.  (640)
Jinks, Catherine The Paradise Trap.  (660)
Leonard, Julia Platt Cold Case.  (HL420)
Levin, Mark The Family Hitchcock.  (580)
Margolin, Phillip Vanishing Acts: A Madison Kincaid Mystery. (650)
Margolis, Leslie Girl’s Best Friend.
Mass, Wendy The Candymakers.  (740)
Newsome, Richard The Billionaire’s Curse.
Raskin, Ellen The Westing Game.  (750)
Rylander, Chris The Fourth Stall.  (760)
Selfors, Suzanne Smells Like Dog.  (670)
Selzer, Adam I Put a Spell on You:  From the Files of Chrissie Woodward, Spelling Bee Detective.  (860)
Stanley, Diane The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy.  (830)
Stead, Rebecca When You Reach Me.  (750)
Van Draanen, Wendelin Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief.  (840)


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Hitler Youth : Growing up in Hitler's Shadow.  (1050)
Bausum, Ann Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.  (1090)
Berkowitz, Jacob Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (And Others) Left Behind.
Berman, Len The Greatest Moments in Sports.  (820)
Burns, Loree Griffin Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion.  (1200)
Bryant, Megan E. Oh My Gods! A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology.
Chandler, Murray How To Beat Your Dad at Chess.
Deem, James M. Bodies From the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past.  (1180)
  The Encyclopedia of Immaturity.
Freedman, Russell Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor.  (1140)
Green, Dan Astronomy.  (NC1130)
Gutman, Dan My Weird Writing Tips.
Iggulden, Conn The Dangerous Book for Boys.
Keenan, Sheila Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People.  (1000)
Krull, Kathleen Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought).  (1010)
Losure, Mary The Fairy Ring, Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World.
Nelson, Kadir We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.  (900)
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone.  (1040)
Sheinkin, Steve Lincoln’s Grave Robbers.
Stone, Tanya Lee Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream.
Terban, Marvin Mad as a Wet Hen! And Other Funny Idioms.
Thimmesh, Catherine Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon.  (1060)
Turner, Tracey Dreadful Fates: What a Shocking Way to Go!
Walker, Sally M.  Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley.  (1060)
Warren, Andrea Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story. (960)

Novels in Poems

Calhoun, Dia Eva of the Farm.
Engle, Margarita The Wild Book.
Hesse, Karen Witness.  (NP)
Havill, Juanita Grow: A Novel in Verse.
Rose, Caroline Starr May B.: A Novel.
Rosen, Michael J. Running With Trains: A Novel in Poetry With Two Voices.
Rosenthal, Betsy R. Looking for Me.
Roth, Judith L. Serendipity and Me.
Woodson, Jacqueline Locomotion.  (NP)

School, Friends & Family

Baskin, Nora Raleigh The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah.  (630)
Clark, Catherine How Not to Run for President.  (600)
Connor, Leslie Crunch.  (HL490)
Cottrell Boyce, Frank Millions.  (650)
Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind.  (700)
Feiffer, Jules The Man in the Ceiling.  (820)
Ferber, Brenda A. Julia’s Kitchen.
Frederick, Heather Vogel The Mother-Daughter Book Club.  (750)
Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.  (970)
Giff, Patricia Reilly Pictures of Hollis Woods.  (650)
Greenwald, Lisa My Life in Pink and Green.  (680)
Jiménez, Francisco The Circuit:  Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child.  (880)
Koss, Amy Goldman The Girls.  (710)
Kowitt, Holly The Loser List.  (480)
Kuhlman, Evan The Last Invisible Boy.  (930)
Lord, Cynthia Rules.  (780)
Lupar, Eric Jeremy Bender Vs. the Cupcake Cadets.  (720)
Margolis, Leslie Boys are Dogs.  (630)
Nicholls, Sally Ways to Live Forever.  (580)
O’Connor, Barbara How to Steal a Dog: A Novel.  (700)
Palacio, R.J. Wonder.  (790)
Park, Barbara Mick Harte Was Here.  (730)
Patterson, James The Worst Years of My Life.
Shang, Wendy Wan Long The Great Wall of Lucy Wu.  (700)
Smith, Yeardley I, Lorelei.  (700)
Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites.  (820)
Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect.  (730)
Weeks, Sarah So. Be. It:  A Novel.  (860)
Williams, Maiya The Fizzy Whiz Kid.  (720)
Woodson, Jacqueline Locomotion.  (NP)

Science Fiction

Ball, Justin Space Dogs.
Christopher, John The White Mountains.  (920)
Cottrell Boyce, Frank Cosmic.  (670)
DiTerlizzi, Tony Search for Wondla.  (760)
DuPrau, Jeanne The City of Ember.  (680)
Eason, Alethea Hungry.  (760)
Fox, Helen Eager.  (690)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Among the Hidden.  (800)
Key, Alexander Escape to Witch Mountain.  (770)
Klass, David Stuck on Earth.
L'Engle, Madeleine  A Wrinkle in Time.  (740)
Lowry, Lois The Giver.  (760)
Mackel, Kathy Can of Worms.  (610)
Peck, Richard Lost in Cyberspace.  (550)
Pfeffer, Susan Beth Rewind to Yesterday.
Rex, Adam  The True Meaning of Smekday.  (740)
Smith, Clete Barrett Aliens On Vacation.
Stead, Rebecca When You Reach Me.  (750)
Young, Steve 15 Minutes.  (650)

Short Stories

  Best Shorts:  Favorite Short Stories for Sharing.
Dahl, Roald The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More.  (850)
Kipling, Rudyard Just So Stories.  (1060)
Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.  (1300)
Riordan, Rick The Demigod Files.  (630)
Tan, Shaun Tales from Outer Suburbia.  (1100)
Wrede, Patricia C. Book of Enchantments.  (810)


Avi S.O.R. Losers.  (520)
Baskin, Nora Raleigh Basketball (Or Something Like It).  (570)
Blackwood, Gary The Great Race:  The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908.  (1130)
Brooks, Bruce Woodsie.  (910)
Christopher, Matt Nothin’ But Net.  (770)
Clippinger, Carol Open Court.  (570)
Cochrane, Mick The Girl Who Threw Butterflies.  (750)
Davis, James Skateboarding is Not a Crime:  50 Years of Street Culture.
FitzGerald, Dawn Soccer Chick Rules.  (950)
Gantos, Jack Joey Pigza Loses Control.  (800)
Green, Tim Football Hero.  (840)
 Gutman, Dan Babe & Me:  A Baseball Card Adventure.  (600)
Gutman, Dan The Million Dollar Kick.  (660)
Harkrader, L.D. Airball:  My Life in Briefs.  (700)
Mackel, Kathy MadCat.  (610)
Paratore, Coleen Maurtagh Mack McGinn's Big Win.  (580)
Ritter, John H. The Boy Who Saved Baseball.  (660)
Slote, Alfred Finding Buck McHenry.  (500)
Telander, Rick String Music.