Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2004
Choldenko, Gennifer - Al Capone Does My Shirts
Moose isn't thrilled when his father's new job
as a prison electrician forces his family to move to Alcatraz
Island, a fifteen-acre floating federal prison that is home
to hundreds of the countries worst criminals including the
notorious gangster, Al Capone. 228p.
Codell, Esme Raji - Sahara Special
When a personal letter Sahara wrote about her absent father
ends up in her dreaded school file, Sahara decides to stop
writing anything at all for school. Soon, she's so far
behind that she's placed in Special Ed classes. 175p.
Collins, Suzanne - Gregor the Overlander
Gregor falls through a vent in his laundry room and lands in
the Underland, a dark strange place populated by human-size
cockroaches, bats and rats. The people of the Underland believe
he is the prophesied Overlander who can save them from a coming
war with the vicious rats. 311p.
Coville, Bruce - Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
Painfully shy Juliet Dove stumbles into a strange magic shop
where the mysterious owner gives her an oddly alluring necklace.
It takes Juliet a while to figure out that the amulet is magical,
and makes the wearer irresistible to the opposite sex. 190p.
Dowell, Frances O'Roark - Where
Maddie lives in a children's home and doesn't trust
many people. But she takes a chance on Murphy, the tough-talking
new kid. 232p.
Downer, Ann - Hatching Magic
When a pregnant dragon accidentally crosses a portal from the
Middle Ages, Theodora tries to protect her from an evil wizard
who wants the dragon for himself. 242p.
Gordon, Amy - The Gorillas of Gill Park
Willy spends the summer at this aunt's home in Gill Park,
an unusual community with plenty of eccentric neighbors. Just
when Willy is starting to feel at home, he uncovers a plot
to convert the neighborhood into a mall. 247p.
Grunwell, Jeanne Marie - Mind Games
Six students who join Mr. Ennis's Mad Science Club are
assigned to do a group science fair project. They choose to
research ESP, but end up reporting on much more than just science.
And, in the ultimate ESP experiment, they attempt to pick the
winning lottery number. 133p.
Halliday, John - Predicktions
At his birth, a fortune teller predicts that Josh will put
the sleepy town of Westlake on the map. Josh is trying to save
Westlake, but his mystic board keeps misspelling its clues
and sending him off in all the wrong directions. 183p.
Hicks, Betty - Animal House and Iz
Elizabeth and her new stepbrothers implement their G.A.D. (Get
A Dog) plan: they try to wear down their parents with a series
of unusual alternative pets, such as a praying mantis and a
pooping parrot. 172p.
Jennings, Patrick - The Wolving Time
Laszlo is a poor, sheep-herding immigrant living in France
during the 1500s. It's not the most comfortable of lives,
but certainly not the worst. Unless, of course, you're
a werewolf, which is what Laszlo happens to be. 197p.
Karr, Kathleen - The Seventh Knot
Wick and Miles are spending the summer of 1896 traipsing around
Europe with stuffy Uncle Eustace when they stumble upon a strange
cult that is plotting to take over the world. 149p.
Kehret, Peg - Escaping the Giant Wave
During Kyle's seaside vacation, an earthquake strikes
and it's up to Kyle to get his younger sister to safety
before the tsunami wave hits. 151p.
McCaughrean, Geraldine - Stop the Train!
During the 1893 Oklahoma Land Rush, Cissy's family moves
to the town of Florence. When the railroad begins a feud with
the town, the squabbling citizens fight back, using every trick
in the book. 289p.
Martin, Ann M. - The Meanest Doll in the World
Two nice dolls, Anabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft, climb into
the wrong knapsack, are carried off to school, and end up at
the wrong house. Unfortunately, their new house is ruled over
by Princess Mimi…the Meanest Doll in the World! 260p.
Mundis, Hester - My Chimp Friday
When a nervous scientist drops off his secret research project
at Rachel's New York apartment for safe keeping, her
family agrees to take in the adorable baby chimp. They don't
realize that others are trying to snatch the chimp out from
under them. 168p.
Naidoo, Beverley - Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of
Conflict and Hope
This collection of powerful short stories, about young people
of different races and ethnic groups, sheds light on significant
moments of the 50-year reign of apartheid in South Africa.
Said, S.F. - Varjak Paw
Varjak is a coddled cat living with a Contessa. Upon her death,
a sinister relative arrives and, sensing danger, Varjak escapes
to the city. It's a perilous place of rough cat gangs,
where cats are mysteriously vanishing across the city. 254p.
Stauffacher, Sue - Donuthead
Franklin Delano Donuthead is afraid of just about everything,
from his right arm that is slightly longer than his left, to
the germs that seem to be everywhere. Everyday is ominous to
him, and it only gets worse when Sarah, the new girl at school,
bullies her way into his life. 144p.
Van Draanen, Wendelin - Swear to Howdy
Russell and Joey are best friends who love adventure and playing
pranks. But when one of their practical jokes turns out tragically,
Russell must choose between keeping their secret and doing
the right thing. Even if doing the right thing means losing
Joey as his friend. 126p.
Weston, Martha - Act I, Act II, Act Normal
Topher Blakely has finally landed a big part in the Hope Springs
Middle School annual play! Unfortunately, it's going
to be a geeky musical version of Rumpelstiltskin, and he's
been given the title role. 148p.
White, Ruth - Tadpole
Sisters Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and Georgia work very
hard to make a livingin dirt-poor Appalachia. Then handsome,
guitar-playing cousin Tad arrives and the girls rally to keep
him out of the clutches of his abusive uncle. 198p.
Woodson, Jacqueline - Locomotion
Through poetry, Lonnie expresses his feelings and often profound
thoughts on a variety of subjects. From the girl he likes,
to the new boy in school, from being an African American, to
his parents tragic death in a fire that left him and his sister
orphans, Lonnie's voice is afflicted, strong, and hopeful.
Wright, Betty Ren - Crandall's
Charli and her new neighbor Sophia agree to help Uncle Will
convert the rundown deserted mansion into a motel, but the
girls discover that it's haunted. When they realize just
how mean the ghost is, they don't want to go near the
old house. 177p.
Prepared by Brian Crawford, Donna Dumtra-Froemming, and Sara
Pemberton, May 2004