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Summer Reading: Grades 5 and 6See more

Grades 5 and 6   
 Our staff hand-picked and reviewed each book in this year's summer reading lists. Click on the book titles to add them to your cart!

Nine Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Thought-provoking story, out in paperback in May. Four kids from across the US have no idea their world is about to change, or how their lives will interconnect.   


Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

A satisfying, action-packed story of the Old West. Joseph has lost everyone he loves, other than his pony, Sarah. When she is stolen, he sets off to get her back.


The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister

Fun WWII historical fiction, based on a true story. Angelo and his dad move to the countryside of France to build and test an affordable car, but the Nazis set out to steal the plans.   


Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance

Thrilling and imaginative. Claudia discovers Pim, who has been trapped in a painting for centuries. They find the world behind the canvas is terrifying and friendship isn’t all it seems.   


Leopard Rescue by Sara Starbuck

A moving and inspiring non-fiction about one of the leopard families protected by the Born Free Foundation, formed to protect animals in their natural habitat.


Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Full of emotion and wonder, this is another brilliant graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier. Catrina isn’t happy about moving to Northern California for the sake of her sister’s health, and she’s even less happy when she learns about the local ghosts.


The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley

A wonderful WWII historical and a Newbery Honor Book in 2016. Ada’s mother, ashamed of Ada’s twisted foot, forbade her to leave their London flat. But, when Ada is evacuated to the country, it changes her entire life.


Ticket to India by N.H. Senzai

An adventure about family. Maya and Zara set off on a train to find the treasure their grandmother says she buried in her garden in India, but on the way they are separated.


Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Fascinating WWI historical fiction, based on a true story. Merry and her mother sail on the doomed ship Lusitania. When Germans sink the ship, Merry survives. Shocked and silent, she is found by a fisherman and his son who suspect she may be German.

You Can Fly by Carole Weatherford

Out in paperback in July, this book in verse brings the Tuskegee Airmen alive, as they fight to be the first African American pilots in WWII.    




The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This year’s Newbery winner--it’s just so good! A coming-of-age fantasy about a girl with too much magic.


Unbound by Ann E. Burg

Gripping novel in verse about a family of slaves that runs away rather than be separated forever. Their only escape is to the Dismal Swamp where slave hunters dare not go.


Otherwise Known as Possum by Maria D. Laso

A moving story with a determined heroine. When Possum loses her mother, too many changes happen too fast. The worst is being sent to school. Can Possum prove Mama already taught her all she needs to know?


Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Hotel by Kimberly Willis Holt

Emotional exploration of family and home. Stevie is sent to live at her grandfather’s run-down Texas motel. She befriends the colorful residents, but it’s hard to connect with her grandfather. What secret is he hiding?       


Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

An engaging story about friendship. Lonely Obe finds a peculiar critter that eats plastic and protects it from the developers that have taken his family’s farm.


Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Exciting WWII story. Marcel’s dreams of riding in the Tour de France are dashed when Germany occupies France. Instead, he uses his bike to help others, but it’s dangerous.     

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Dramatic realistic story about Ghost, whose raw talent gets him on an elite track team. But he’s a troublemaker--until he meets a coach who may be able to help.


Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff                       

A tense and well-written story about Genevieve, a 13-year-old American who is caught in Alsace when the Nazis invade and must grow up through hardship and danger.