Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2002
Avi - Don't You Know There's
a War On?
Howie lives in wartime Brooklyn in 1943. Scary headlines,
blackouts, scrap collections and war stamp drives are all part
of everyday life, but when Howie finds out that his favorite
teacher is going to be fired, he mounts a campaign to save
her job. 200p.
Avi - The Good Dog
McKinley is a dog who is loyal to his human family. But when
Lupin, a wild wolf, appears and asks the local dogs of Steamboat
Springs to join her wolf pack, McKinley is torn between the
two different worlds. 243p.
Bruchac, Joseph - Skeleton Man
Molly's parents disappear, a strange, scary man
appears claiming to be her great-uncle and Molly must rely
on her dreams to solve this increasingly terrifying puzzle.
Drake, Emily - The Magickers
gets more than he bargained for when his essay wins him a trip
to summer camp. He soon learns the counselors must
teach their special recruits how to use their "magick" powers
before the forces of darkness attack. 344p.
Gliori, Debi - Pure Dead Magic
When their father is kidnapped, the Strega-Borgia children,
their mysterious new nanny and a giant tarantula use magic
and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their
Scottish castle. 182p.
Goodall, Jane - The Chimpanzees I Love
Explore chimpanzee behavior from the perspective of Jane Goodall,
a woman who has devoted her life to learning about the animals
most closely related to man. 80p.
Gutman, Dan - The Edison Mystery
Qwerty Stevens finds a mysterious machine buried in his back
yard that sends him back to another time. His sisters must
learn the secrets of the machine to bring him back to the present.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson - Among the Impostors
In the future, Luke must keep his true identity a secret.
He is an illegal third-born child hunted by the Population
Police. In school for the first time, the odd behavior of the
faculty and students make Luke wonder if there are other impostors
like him. 172p.
Hearne, Betsy Gould - Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs
Louise made a wish and somehow turned her brother into a pig.
Now she must figure out how to undo the wish without upsetting
anything else in her life. 133p.
Holt, Kimberly Willis - Dancing in Cadillac Light
her eccentric grandfather moves in with Jaynell's
family in Moon, Texas, life gets more exciting. He takes her
on secret driving lessons in his Cadillac convertible, introduces
her to the local gravestones and proves to her that people
aren't always what they seem. 167p.
Honey, Elizabeth - Fiddleback
neighbors on Stella Street decide to take their vacation together
in the Australian outback. A horrendous storm, a juvenile
delinquent, and a very pregnant mom's announcement that "I
think it's time" add excitement to the trip. 203p.
Ibbotson, Eva - Dial-a-Ghost
The Dial-a-Ghost Agency finds good homes for ghosts. When
a mix-up places a nice family of ghosts in a mansion that requested
scary ghosts, and the scary ones arrive at a nunnery, problems
Ives, David - Monsieur Eek
a chimpanzee arrives in the strange town of MacOongafoondsen
(population: 21), the people mistake him for a French spy and
put him on trial (for being a thief). Emmaline is the only
one who sees the ridiculousness of this and volunteers to be
the chimp's lawyer. 179p.
Jennings, Patrick - Beastly Arms
When Nickel and his kangaroo rat Miriam move into the Beastly
Arms, a downtown building with strange smells and sounds, he
discovers a decades-old secret held by Mr. Beastly, the owner.
Koss, Amy Goldman - Strike Two
For Gwen, summer is all about playing softball on the News
Gazette-sponsored team with her bestfriend and cousin, Jess.
But now News Gazette workers are on strike, including her dad,
and the softball team is falling apart. 132p.
Napoli, Donna Jo - Three Days
After her father dies, Jackie is left alone traveling on an
Italian highway. When she is picked up by two men, she becomes
the victim of a kidnapping. 151p.
Nordan, Robert - The Secret Road
Laura leaves her family's plantation to visit Quaker
relatives for the summer, she discovers they run a stop on
the Underground Railroad. She meets a young slave girl and
works out her own perilous plan to try to get Rosetta to safety.
Olsson, Soren - In
Ned wonders, "Do boys write diaries?" Well, Ned
does, but he's keeping it a secret, especially from Nugget,
the class bully. 133p.
Philbrick, W.R. - The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds:
The Donner Party Expedition, 1846
recounts his tragic trip west through the Sierra Nevada mountains
in 1846. When early snows trap
the group in the high mountains, hunger, cold and fear stalk
the Donner Party. 154p.
Rodda, Emily - Rowan of Rin
has it a dragon once dwelled atop the forbidden mountain. Now
timid Rowan is chosen by the village wise woman to guide
a party of brave explorers up the mountain. The village of
Rin's future depends on his success in discovering why
their water supply is drying up. 151p.
Shreve, Susan Richards - Blister
Alyssa's parents' split and she moves from
her happy life into a cramped apartment with her depressed
mother, she knows she has to make a change. She takes a trendy
outfit from her father's girlfriend and begins preparing
for cheerleading tryouts. She's not Alyssa anymore, you
can call her "Blister" now. 153p.
Springer, Nancy - Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood
After her mother is murdered, Rosemary disguises
herself as a boy and begins a journey to find the father she's
never met, the infamous Robin Hood. 170p.
Stine, R.L. - The Haunting Hour
chilling short stories feature a ghoulish Halloween party,
a dangerous imaginary friend and a very bad babysitter… 153p.
Wiles, Debbie - Love, Ruby Lavender
Ruby's letters to her grandmother, Ruby tells about
her summer raising chickens, avoiding run-ins with her sworn
enemy Melba Jane, and missing her grandfather. 188p.
Prepared by Amanda Miller, Jeni Robinsons and Julie Runge,