Grades 5 - 6

Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in the juvenile fiction section under the author’s last name.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect / Linda Urban
Ten-year-old Zoe  finds that  learning to play the organ has a positive impact on her family and social life.

Al Capone Does My Shirts / Gennifer Choldenko
A 12-year-old boy moves with his family to  Alcatraz Island where his father is a prison guard.

Turtle in Paradise / Jennifer L. Holm
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, 11-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives in far away Key West, Florida.

My Louisiana Sky / Kimberly Willis Holt
The lives of a 12-year-old Louisiana girl and her loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her friend.

Alabama Moon / Watt Key
Having lived in the woods all his life, 10-year-old Moon decides to head for Alaska after his father dies.

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place / E.L. Konigsburg
A 12 year old girl tries to save three unique towers built by her beloved grand uncles.

Wonder / R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private school in Manhattan, where he struggles to be seen as just another student.

The Schwa Was Here / Neal Shusterman
Eighth-grader Antsy befriends the Schwa, a boy who feels invisible and seems unnoticed by nearly everyone.

Flipped / Wendelin Van Draanen
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe their changing feelings towards each other.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead / Avi
During the Middle Ages, an English boy falsely accused of murder runs away only to encounter more danger.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham–1963 / Christopher Paul Curtis
A Michigan African-American family’s life is changed when they take a trip to Alabama in 1963.

The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman
In medieval England, a homeless girl is taken in by a short-tempered midwife.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale / Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

One Crazy Summer / Rita Williams-Garcia
In 1968, 2 sisters visit California to see their mother and find that instead of visits to Disneyland, they will spend their summer at a Black Panther summer camp.

Our Only May Amelia / Jennifer L. Holm
A Finnish-American girl and her 7 brothers grow up in Washington State in 1899.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate / Jacqueline Kelly
In 1899, 11-year-old Callie Vee Tate loves to study the natural world with her grandfather.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret / Brian Selznick
An orphan living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter.  A novel in words and pictures.

Inside Out & Back Again / Thanhha Lai
A young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Black Stars in a White Night Sky / JonArno Lawson (j 811 Law)

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night / Joyce Sidman (j 811 Sid)
Poems that celebrate the night’s wonder and danger.

If the Shoe Fits: Voices from Cinderella / Laura Whipple ( j 811 Whi)

Surviving the Applewhites / Stephanie S. Tolan
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent to school at the eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy.

Cosmic / Frank Cottrell Boyce
12-year-old Liam, who looks like he’s thirty, cons his way into being the adult chaperone on a space flight.

Everything on a Waffle / Polly Horvath
Primrose learns about the unpredictability of life after her parents are presumed lost at sea.

I Funny: A Middle School Story / James Patterson
Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm enters a local comedy contest.

Harris and Me /Gary Paulsen
A city boy spends a memorable summer on his cousin’s farm.

A Long Way from Chicago / Richard Peck
During the Great Depression two siblings visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase / Joan Aiken
Wicked wolves, evil governesses & 2 brave girls.

The London Eye Mystery / Siobhan Dowd
Two siblings try to solve the mystery of their cousin’s  disappearance from the London Eye ferris wheel.

Dovey Coe / Frances O’Roark Dowell
A 12-year-old girl is accused of murder in her small North Carolina town in 1928.

Star of Kazan / Eva Ibbotson
In 19th-century Vienna,  Annika’s surprise inheritance causes  a woman claiming to be her  mother to take her away to  a decrepit mansion in Germany.

The Young Man and the Sea / Rodman Philbrick
A 12-year-old boy sails alone on a dangerous ocean trip to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna.

The Case of the Deadly Desperados / Caroline Lawrence
In 1862 Nevada Territory, twelve-year-old Pinky Pinkerton, son of a railroad detective and a Sioux Indian, inherits a valuable deed and must hide from dangerous Whittlin Walt and his gang of desperados.

The Mysterious Benedict Society / Trent Lee Stewart
Four kids selected for a secret mission go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened.

The Crowfield Curse / Pat Walsh
In 1347, an orphan finds a magical creature caught in a trap and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

Leepike Ridge / N. D. Wilson
Eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead, is actually  trapped in a series of underground caves.

The Dark is Rising / Susan Cooper
Will Stanton must keep the world safe from evil.

The Vengekeep Prophecies / Brian Farrey
A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone’s surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town’s saviors.

Stoneheart / Charlie Fletcher
When 12-year-old George accidentally decapitates a stone statue in London, he falls into another time.

Into the Woods / Lyn Gardner
Three special sisters seek refuge in the woods when they try to escape the sinister Dr. DeWilde.

The Lost Conspiracy / Frances Hardinge
When a lie is exposed and their island tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.

The Pinhoe Egg / Diana Wynne Jones
A fun fantasy about a witch who is discovering her powers.

Skulduggery Pleasant / Derek Landy
Twelve-year-old Stephanie joins forces with Skulduggery Pleasant to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Magyk / Angie Sage
A foundling girl with a noble heritage is raised by the wizarding Heap family.

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China / Na Liu (j GRAPHIC Liu)
A young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

The Breadwinner / Deborah Ellis
Under the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to help earn money for her family after her father is arrested.

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child / Francisco Jiménez
A small boy and his family move from Mexico to California in hopes of finding a better life.

Homeless Bird / Gloria Whelan
In India, 13 year-old Koly fights against her ill-fated arranged marriage.

Savvy / Ingrid Law
At age 13, Mibs receives her “savvy”–a unique magical power–just as her father is injured in an accident.

Heat / Mike Lupica
A pitching prodigy is banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only 12 years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Liar & Spy / Rebecca Stead
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment and meets Safer, an unconventional boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Moon over Manifest / Clare Vanderpool
In 1936, 12-year-old Abilene is sent by her father  to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold / Steve Sheinkin (j 92A Arnold)
Introduces  not only the traitorous actions that made Benedict Arnold infamous, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.

Marooned / Robert Kraske (j 92S SELKIRK Kra)
Recounts the story  of a sailor marooned for 5 years on a Pacific island in 1704.

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon / Catherine Thimmesh (j 629.454 Thi)
The whole story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing.

The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells / Debbie Levy (j 940.5318 Lev)
A collection of narrative poems about life in Nazi Germany for a Jewish family trying to escape.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot / text by Sy Montgomery; photographs by Nic Bishop (j 598.71 Mon)
On a remote island off the coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth and a team of scientists trying to restore the kakapo population.

Suggestions from the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children’s Department
Updated February 2013