Books & Reading

Books for Kids in 5th Grade

Junior Fiction (J/Fic)
These books may be found in the fiction stacks shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name.

J Fic   Avi.
A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End. (gr. 3-5)
A snail wants to become a writer with the help of his friend Edward the ant, which leads them into a series of adventures.

J Fic   Avi.
Poppy.(gr. 4 & 5)
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

J Fic   Bauer, Marion Dane.
Runt (gr. 3-5)
Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the reast of the pack and to earn a new name.

J Fic    Bauer, Marian Dane.
A Bear Named Trouble.(gr. 3-5)
In Anchorage, Alaska, a boy named Jonathan and a brown bear named Trouble, cross paths. Based on an actual incident, and told form both the bear’s and Jonathan’s point of view, this is an involving animal story.

J Fic    Bauer, Marian Dane.
Ghost Eye. (gr. 3-5)
Purrloom Popcorn, an exotically beautiful cat with one blue eye and one gold eye, receives his first real love from a lonely girl and an array of ghost cats.

J Fic    Bawden, Nina.
Henry. (gr. 3-5)
Evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, a fatherless family tries to raise a baby squirrel that also lost its home.

J Fic    Birney, Betty G.
The World According to Humphrey. (2-3)
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

J Fic    Booth, Martin.
War Dog: A Novel. (gr. 5-6)
After her owner is arrested while poaching, Jet is requisitioned by the British Army and sees duty on the beach at Dunkirk, searching for survivors of Germany’s bombing raids on English cities, and in Italy at the end of the war.

J Fic    Broome, Errol.
Tangles. (gr. 5-6)
When she takes money from her neighbor’s wallet in order to buy a kitten, Sophie finds that she cannot live with the guilt.

J Fic    Byars, Betsy. Little Horse. (gr 2-3)
Little Horse falls into the stream and is swept away into a dangerous adventure and a new life.

J Fic    Byars, Betsy.
Little Horse on His Own. (gr. 2-3)
Little Horse confronts lightning , fire, and dangerous animals in his effort to return home to his mother and the valley of the little horses.

J Fic    Branford, Henrietta.
Fire, Bed and Bone. (gr. 5-6)
In 1381 England, a hunting dog recounts what happens to his beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants’ rebellion led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball.

J Fic    Cone, Molly.
Mishmash and the Substitute Teacher. (gr. 2-4)
A precocious dog, the school prankster, and a substitute teacher help young Pete learn from his mistakes. Other books in this series: Mishmash, Mishmash and the Big Fat Problem, and Mishmash and the Robot.

J Fic    Coatsworth, Elizabeth.
The Cat and the Captain. (gr. 3-5)
The Cat, the Captain, and Mrs. Tillie Todd have three different attitudes toward the Cat’s knack for usually finding the trouble he looks for.

J Fic    Coville, Bruce.
Moongobble and Me: The Dragon of Doom. (gr. 2-3)
Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom. Other books in this series: Weeping Werewolf and The Evil Elves.

J Fic  Delaney, Michael Clark.
Obi, Gerbil on the Loose. (gr. 3-4)
Obie the gerbil must fend for herself in a dangerous household, consisting of a dog, three cats, a parrot, and a mouse hidden in the attic, when the Armstrongs go on vacation and instructions for taking care of Obie get lost.

J Fic   Hoban, Russell.
The Mouse and His Child. (gr. 3-4)
Two discarded toy mice survive perilous adventures in a hostile world before finding security and happiness with old friends and new.

J Fic   Howe, Peter.
Waggit’s Tale. (gr. 3-5)
When Waggit is abandoned by his owner as a puppy, he meets a pack of wild dogs who become his friends and teach him to survive in the city park, but when he has a chance to go home with a kind woman.

J Fic   Morpurgo, Michael.
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. (gr. 5-6)
When Boowie reads the diary that his grandmother sends him, he learns of her childhood in World War II England when American and British soldiers practiced for D-Day’s invasion in the area of her home, and about her beloved cat, Adolphus Tips, and the cat’s namesake.

J Fic   Reiche, Dietlof.
I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga. (gr.3-4)
Freddy, a remarkably intelligent golden hamster, learns how to read and how to write on a computer and escapes captivity to become an independent and civilized creature. Other books in the series include
Freddy in Peril and
Freddy to the Rescue.

J Fic   Seidler, Tor.
Toes. (gr. 3-4)
After getting lost on Halloween night when he is only a few months old, an intelligent seven-toed kitten makes his way into the life of a struggling musician.


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