Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2005
Bartek, Mary - Funerals and Fly Fishing
Brad's mother sends him to visit the grandfather that
he's never met, and he finds himself living on the second
floor of the Stanislawski Funeral Home, learning a lot about
funerals, fly fishing and his own family. 148p.
Bath, K.P. - The Secret of Castle Cant: Being an Account
of the Remarkable Adventures of Lucy Wickwright, Maidservant
Lucy, an orphaned maid for the Baron of Cant, is drawn into
a castle conspiracy involving chewing gum, rebellion and the
secret of her own past. 291p.
Carey, Janet Lee - The Double Life of Zoe Flynn
Zoe Flynn has a secret: Dad's out of work and her family
is living in their van. Zoe struggles to keep the secret from
her classmates, teacher and the authorities. 233p.
Collier, James Lincoln - The Empty Mirror
Nick has a reputation as a troublemaker, but he's being
blamed for a series of crimes he didn't do. He is stunned
to realize that he can't see his own reflection in the
mirror, and suspects that something ghostly is going on. 192p.
Constable, Kate - The Singer of All Songs
Calwyn is a novice priestess who possesses the Ice Call, a
singing power over cold and ice. When rumors reach her that
an evil sorcerer is trying to become the powerful Singer of
all Songs she joins a small band of friends who are determined
to stop him. 297p.
Crilley, Mark - Billy Clikk: Creatch Battler
Billy is shocked to learn that his parents don't really
run a bug extermination business. They're actually secret
agents for an international organization that wipes out the
nasty alien monsters that inhabit Earth. 246p.
Derby, Kenneth - The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First
Day of 5th Grade
Tony Baloney tries every stunt he can think of to make it onto
David Letterman's Late Show. Usually his stunts just
land him in the principal's office, but you never know
what might happen. 165p.
DuPrau, Jeanne - The City of Ember
Lina and Doon live in the city of Ember, where the only light
comes from huge electric bulbs that burn for just 12 hours
a day. As the city's generator begins to fail, they search
for clues that will lead them out of Ember before it falls
into total darkness. 270p.
Fleischman, Sid - The Giant Rat of Sumatra: Or Pirates
Captain Gallows, the dashing pirate, saves a shipwrecked cabin
boy and the two of them begin an adventure full of stolen treasure,
narrow escapes, old enemies and revenge. 194p.
Hicks, Betty - Busted!
Stuart's mom has a rule for everything, and if he's
busted one more time she's going to make him quit soccer.
He decides to find her a boyfriend to get her off his back,
but nothing goes according to his plan. 168p.
Kessler, Liz - The Tail of Emily Windsnap
When Emily takes her first swimming class, she discovers that
her legs transform into a tail under the water. She's
part mermaid! 209p.
Lamstein, Sarah - Hunger Moon
Ruthie clowns around at school to hide her frustration with
her life at home. Her parents are overwhelmed, caring for her
disabled brother and their struggling business, and things
just keep getting worse and worse. 109p.
Langrish, Katherine - Troll Fell
After his father's death, Peer is taken in by his disgusting
and greedy uncles. He uncovers their plan to sell him to the
local troll king, along with the neighbor's children.
With the help of his new friend Hilde and a mischievous house
spirit, Peer sets out to stop them. 264p.
Matthews, L.S. - FISH
Tiger's family are aid workers, helping in an isolated,
war-torn village. When the fighting moves near, the family
must evacuate the area. Tiger insists on taking along a fish
they have saved from an evaporating pond, no matter how dangerous
the journey may be. 183p.
Peck, Richard - The
Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy
in Three Parts
When the teacher at their one-room country school house "hauls
off and dies," Russell and Lloyd are thrilled! Maybe
the school board will just close down the school. But their
bossy older sister is hired as the new teacher and they know
it's going to be a long, hard year. 190p.
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus - Looking for Bobowicz: A Hoboken
Nick spends his first summer in the city of Hoboken chasing
after a mysterious phantom, his stolen bike and a 266 pound
chicken, with the help of his new best friends. 200p.
Reiss, Kathryn - Sweet
Miss Honeywell's Revenge:
A Ghost Story
Zibby feels compelled to spend all of her money on an antique
dollhouse that seems to have a life of its own. She discovers
that one of the dolls is haunted by an evil governess, and
Miss Honeywell wants her revenge! 435p.
Repka, Janice - The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco
Phillip decides to live with his aunt and uncle rather than
travel with his parents in the circus. Now he's stuck
in the unofficial Dodgeball Capital of the World, and he's
on the wrong side of a dodgeball, the school bully and the
San Souci, Robert D. - Double-Dare to Be Scared: Another
Thirteen Chilling Tales
We double-dare you to read these spine-tingling tales of nightmares,
hauntings and urban legends! 170p.
Shearer, Alex - Sea Legs
Eric and Clive's father is the Senior Steward of a luxury
cruise ship. Tired of being left behind, the two stow away
before the ship sails, and spend the cruise hiding out, fitting
in with the paying passengers and avoiding their father. 309p.
Shreve, Susan Richards - Under
the Watsons' Porch
Ellie Tremont is bored… B-O-R-E-D. But her summer starts
to look more promising when Tommy, a charming foster kid with
a bad-boy reputation, moves in next door. 199p.
Weeks, Sarah - So B. It: A Novel
Heidi has lived her whole life with her mentally retarded mother
and a caring but agoraphobic neighbor. Heidi wonders where
they came from but her mother is unable to tell her. After
finding a clue to the past, Heidi sets out on a cross-country
bus trip to discover her mother's story. 245p.
Prepared by Jeni Robinson, Sharon Lawrence, Julie Runge, May