Good Reading for Fifth Grade

Some Friend

By Marie Bradby

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In 1963, Pearl, an eleven-year-old black girl in Fairfax, Virginia, learns about the real nature of friendship from the popular but untrustworthy Lenore, and Artemesia, a poor girl who moves into the neighborhood for a brief time.

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Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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While investigating why someone is trying to force people from their homes to expand a recreation center, Sammy is distracted by the lies she must tell to cover an accident she caused, but which was blamed on her nemesis, Heather.

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Sahara Special

By Esmé Raji Codell

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Discarded letters to her absent father brand Sahara as a problem in school. Repeating fifth grade, Sahara encounters Miss Pointy, an unorthodox teacher, who sees the potential Sahara holds. By the end of this delightful story, Sahara knows, too.

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Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

By Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (Photographer)

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Follow a group of explorers and scientists as they travel to Papua New Guinea to find a rare type of kangaroo that lives in trees.

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Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

By Sharon Robinson

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A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

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Our Only May Amelia

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Life in a Finnish-American logging community at the turn of the last century in remote Washington state is not easy for a girl with seven brothers, but our only May Amelia has learned that survival requires humor as well as determination.

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

By Tonya Bolden

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A biography of a remarkable black girl growing up free in Manhattan before, during and after the Civil War.

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Lion Boy

By Zizou Corder

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In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

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How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay

By Julia Alvarez

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Miguel is mortified when Tia Lola comes to the small town where even he doesn’t fit in. Convinced Tia Lola will only make him seem like more of an outsider, he tells his friends she’s a ghost and pretends she doesn’t exist.

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Harriet the Spy

By Louise Fitzhugh

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Harriet keeps a detailed spy notebook on everyone around her, until the secret contents are revealed and she is in danger of losing all her friends.

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