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Fifth Grade Summer Reading List

by Education.com

May 5, 2010

Topics: Fifth Grade, Books for Children, Summer Reading and Learning, Summer Reading by Grade

Kids entering fifth grade definitely know what they like and dislike about everything … including books! Getting your child to read over the summer is all about finding just the right book. “Keep your fifth grader excited about reading this summer by helping them find fun and engaging books they’ll love,” says Mildred Vasan, an editor and literary expert for GiftLit, an online retailer of hand-selected books. “Series books are great for this age or stick with a genre that they like.”

Looking for fresh reading options for your fifth grader? Look no further. We’ve combed the shelves for new titles to spice up summer reading.

Our 2010 Fifth Grade Summer Reading Picks

Raider’s Ransom by Emily Diamand.

The Shadows of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West.

The Lost Tales of Ga’ Hoole by Kathryn Lasky.

Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect by Michael Reisman.

Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman. It’s 1937, and life is harrowing for Jews in Germany. Desperate to get their daughter out, Edith’s parents send her to live with a set of American relatives she’s never met. But Chicago couldn’t be more different than her small German village. Bullied at school and worked to the bone by her aunt, she waits anxiously for her parents to arrive. There is no fairytale ending here—far from it—but this spare, well-written historical novel teems with universal themes to which all tweens can relate. Sometimes heartbreaking, always eloquent, this is a fascinating look at one girl’s narrow escape from Nazi Germany as part of the real-life One Thousand Children Project. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $12.23) Where to buy

Charlie Bone and the Red Night by Jenny Nimmo.

The Fizzy Whiz Kid by Maiya Williams.

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