Good Reading for Fifth Grade

You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman

By Claudia Mills

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Poor Julius is spending his summer toilet-training a three-year-old and taking intensive French lessons.

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Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story

By Mary Downing Hahn

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While spending the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, twelve-year-old Drew travels back to the year 1910 and trades places with his great-great-uncle who is also twelve years old.

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The Trespassers

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Neely and her little brother find a way to sneak into Halcyon House, a deserted mansion filled with toys, until the owners unexpectedly return and bring some unwelcome surprises.

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The Tarantula Scientist

By Sy Montgomery

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Describes the research that Samuel Marshall and his students are doing on tarantulas, including the largest spider on earth, the Goliath birdeating tarantula.

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap

By Liz Kessler

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After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

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The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London

By Elvira Woodruff

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The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there.

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The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

By E. L. Konigsburg

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Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their back yard for over forty years.

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The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine

By Diane Stanley

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Noticing that a popular series of horror novels is having a bizarre effect on the behavior of its readers, Franny and Beamer set out to find the mysterious author.

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The Hero and the Minotaur: the Fantastic Adventures of Theseus

By Robert Byrd

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The Greek myth of Prince Theseus and the trials that befall him when he vows to become a hero.

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The Boys Start the War

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Disgusted that a family with three girls moves into the house across the river, nine-year-old Wally and his three brothers declare a practical joke war on the girls. Followed by The Girls Get Even.

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