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Fifth Grade Summer Reading

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Before the beginning of school in September, each student entering fifth grade is required to read:

"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

You may either purchase it at a bookstore or borrow it from your local library. In addition to this title, choose two other Newbery winner or honor books. Listed below are some that we think you will enjoy. You are free to pick others; just be sure they are Newbery titles. Please also read one other novel of your choice. You are required to read at least FOUR books over the summer. Once you have finished reading the required four books, feel free to explore other titles and authors.
Note: Please do NOT read the following books as we will read them together in fifth grade:

  • "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi
  • "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by E. Speare
  • "Our Only May Amelia" and "Turtle in Paradise" by J. Holm
  • "The Giver" by L. Lowry
  • "Savvy" by I. Law
  • "Tuck Everlasting" by N. Babbitt
  • "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E. Konigsburg
On a separate piece of paper, keep a list of all the books you read, ask a parent to initial each one when you finish it, and bring the list with you on the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE: During the first two weeks of school, we will use the book "One Crazy Summer". If you have your own copy, please bring it with you when school begins. Also, if you do not complete your summer reading during the summer months, you will be asked to finish it when school starts in the fall.

Some Titles We Recommend

2017 Medal Winner "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill
2017 Honor "The Inquisitor's Tale" by Adam Gidwitz
2017 Honor "Wolf Hollow" by Lauren Wolk
2016 Honor "The War that Saved My Life" by Kimberly B. Bradley
2016 Honor "Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson
2016 Honor "Echo" by Pam Muñoz Ryan
2015 Medal Winner "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander
2015 Honor "El Deafo" by Cece Bell
2015 Honor "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
2014 Honor "Doll Bones" by Holly Black
2013 Medal Winner "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
2013 Honor "Splendors and Glooms" by Laura Amy Schlitz
2013 Honor "Three Times Lucky" by Sheila Turnage
2012 Honor "Inside Out & Back Again" by Thanhha Lai
2011 Medal Winner              "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool
2010 Medal Winner "When you Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead
2010 Honor "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly
2008 Honor "Feathers" by Jacqueline Woodson
2007 Honor "Penny from Heaven" by Jennifer Holm
2006 Honor "Princess Academy" by Shannon Hale
2005 Medal Winner "Kira-Kira" by Cynthia Kadohata
2005 Honor "Al Capone Does My Shirts" by Gennifer Choldenko
2004 Medal Winner "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo
2002 Honor "Everything on a Waffle" by Polly Horvath
2002 Honor "Lily's Crossing" by Patricia Reilly Giff
1998 Honor "Ella Enchanted" by Gail Carson Levine
1995 Medal Winner "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech
1992 Medal Winner "Shiloh" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1991 Medal Winner "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli
1988 Honor "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen
1984 Medal Winner "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary
1979 Medal Winner "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin
1978 Medal Winner "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson
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