Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2003
Baker, E.D. - The Frog Princess
Princess Emerald kisses a frog named Prince Eadric only to
find that this brings on much more excitement and adventure
than she expected. Instead of turning the frog into a prince,
the kiss turns the princess into a frog! 214p.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker - Halfway to the Sky
After her brother's death, Dani decides to hike the 2,163
mile Appala-chian Trail on her own and without her parents' knowledge.
When her mother catches up with her, the two continue on the
Clements, Andrew - A Week in the Woods
While participating in an outdoor education trip, Mark and
his teacher don't see eye-to-eye on most things. When
Mark is sent home for bringing a knife to camp, he runs away
and must use his newly-learned skills to survive. 190p.
Cohn, Rachel - The Steps
Annabel travels to Sydney, Australia to visit her father and
his new family during Christmas vacation. Annabel has more
steps and half siblings than she knows what to do with. 137p.
Cushman, Karen - Rodzina
Rodzina, a Polish immigrant and orphan living in Chicago, finds
herself on an orphan train bound for Wyoming where she expects
to be adopted and turned into a slave. 215p.
De Guzman, Michael - Melonhead
Sidney's parents are divorced and neither have time for
him. Sidney decides to take off on a cross-country adventure
without telling either parent where he's gone. 213p.
Ellis, Deborah - A Company of Fools
Henri, a choirboy in medieval France, recounts the story of
Micah, a street urchin who sings like an angel, and their life
in a monastery during the Black Plague of 1348. 180p.
Ellsworth, Loretta - The Shrouding Woman
Evie finds it difficult welcoming Aunt Flo, the "shrouding
woman," into her life so soon after her Mother has passed
away. Evie is also somewhat frightened by Flo's job of
preparing the dead for burial, a traditional practice in the
mid 1800s. 151p.
Funke, Cornelia Caroline - The Thief Lord
Runaways Prosper and Bo live in Venice with other runaways
who work for the Thief Lord. The two brothers try to outwit
a detective who is searching for them. 349p.
Gaiman, Neil - Coraline
While exploring her new house, Coraline opens a door that leads
into a strange and frightening world. When Coraline returns,
she discovers her parents are missing and being held in another
part of the house. 162p.
Gantos, Jack - What Would Joey Do?
Despite all of the bizarre events which surround him (like
fighting parents, a kidnapped Chihuahua, and a mean schoolmate
nicknamed the "Mistress of All Evil,") Joey is
determined to be "Mr. Helpful." 229p.
Giff, Patricia Reilly - Pictures of Hollis Woods
Hollis Woods has a habit of running from one foster home to
another. Just when it seems like she finally has a home, something
horrible happens and Hollis has to leave. 166p.
Griffin, Adele - Overnight
Gray and the other girls of the "Lucky Seven" spend
the night at a friend's house. When Gray disappears,
the group starts to unravel with secrets, mistrust and power
Gutman, Dan - Qwerty Stevens, Stuck in Time with Benjamin
Only Qwerty Stevens can bring the real Benjamin Franklin to
school to help him with his last-minute report on the American
Revolution. When he decides to return to the Philadelphia of
July 4, 1776 with Mr. Franklin, the adventure begins… 183p.
Jordan, Sherryl - The Hunting of the Last Dragon
Jude returns to his village to find it razed and his family
killed by a dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside
in medieval England. He rescues a Chinese girl named Jing-wei
from a traveling fair and they set out to conquer this deadly
Lavender, William - Just Jane
It is 1776 and Lady Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an
English earl, is sent to live in Charleston, South Carolina.
As she arrives in the colonies, she finds herself in the middle
of a war that divides her loyalties between England and America.
Frank, Lucy - The Annoyance Bureau
Lucas is spending time in New York City, visiting his father's
new family. While hanging out at a bookstore (to avoid his
annoying step-sister), he is invited to become an apprentice
agent for a top-secret organization known as the Annoyance
Morpurgo, Michael - Kensuke's
Michael's trip around the world is cut short when he
is stranded on a desert island. Struggling to survive, he discovers
he is not alone. 163p.
Nickerson, Sara - How to Disappear Completely and Never
Margaret tries to solve the mystery of her father's death
on an unusual island in the Pacific Northwest. Her only clues
are a swimming medal, the key to a mansion and comic books.
Paterson, Katherine - The Same Stuff as Stars
Angel and her brother find themselves abandoned and living
with their 80-year-old great-grandmother. The only way Angel
can get through the day is knowing that the strange man who
lives on their property will help her discover the mysteries
of the universe. 242p.
Paulsen, Gary - How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Gary and his friends spend one year doing a series of really
brainless, extreme stunts, including wrestling a bear. 111p.
Roos, Stephen - Recycling George
George experiences a twist to running away from home when his
family runs away from him. George is taken in by the richest
family in town and makes a surprising decision. 136p.
Slade, Arthur G. - Dust
There is something very strange going on in the town where
Robert lives. Children are being taken and no one but Robert
remembers they were ever there. When a stranger comes to town
and says he has a machine that will make rain, Robert tries
to unravel the truth. 183p.
Telander, Rick - String Music
Robby Denwood loves basketball—the problem is he isn't
good at it. Living at home isn't very easy, either. When
Robby meets his favorite basketball player his bad luck appears
to change. 138p.
Vande Velde, Vivian - Heir Apparent
For her birthday, Giannine gets a gift certificate to a virtual
reality game. While she is totally immersed in the game, someone
sabotages it. Giannine discovers she must complete the game
or risk severe brain damage. 315p.
Prepared by Deanna Eng, Sharon Lawrence, Colleen Morrison,