Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2006
Anderson, M.T. - Whales On Stilts
Mad scientist Larry and his remote-controlled laser-eyed whales
are planning to take over the world, so it's up to Lily
and her mad-cap friends to save the planet! 188p.
Arnold, Louise - Golden & Grey
(An Unremarkable Boy and a Rather Remarkable Ghost)
With no friends and a bully picking on him, Tom dreads each
school day until Arthur, a ghost boy, decides to give him a
helping hand. However, once Tom learns to "see" ghosts,
he's visited by all kinds of poltergeists, causing funny,
frightening and embarrassing moments. 267p.
Auch, Mary Jane - Wing Nut
Grady has finally found a place to call home, but his terrible
mistake may jeopardize his life with this new-found family.
Baccalario, Pierdomenico - The Door to Time
Jason and Julia's family move into eerie Argo Manor,
where they stum-ble upon a series of clues and an ancient door
that they hope will lead to treasure but instead lead to something
even more extraordinary. 222p.
Balliett, Blue - The Wright 3
Calder, Petra and Tommy know that Frank Lloyd Wright's
Robie House is a work of art, brimming with undiscovered secrets
and mysteries yet unsolved. But the house is scheduled to be
torn down—unless the Wright 3 can halt the demolition.
Banks, Lynne Reid - Tiger, Tiger
The Roman Emperor's daughter Aurelia is delighted with
her new tiger cub, but she resents the slave boy Julius, the
animal's trainer. Even-tually she and Julius become good
friends, a situation that may send both him and her beloved
pet to their deaths in the Colosseum. 195p.
Birdsall, Jeanne - The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of
Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy
The Penderwick kids are supposed to have a quiet summer vacation
in the country. Instead, they nearly burn down their cottage,
cross paths with an angry bull, and lose a valuable rabbit.
Buckley, Michael - The Sisters Grimm: Fairy-Tale Detectives
Orphans Daphne and Sabrina are sent to live in a town inhabited
by both humans and fairy tale characters. When a giant kidnaps
their grandmother, the girls must solve a mystery to rescue
Codell, Esmé Raji - Diary of a Fairy Godmother
Hunky Dory, a wicked witch in training, decides that her true
gift is granting wishes. To the dismay of her family, she is
expelled from charm school and opens a wish-granting business,
where her clients are all fairy tale characters. 170p.
Colfer, Eoin - Half Moon Investigations
There's a petty crime wave, and accusations are flying
back and forth at school. Fletcher Moon is a very good detective,
but his questions and investigations are making everyone mad
at him. 290p.
Corbett, Sue - Free Baseball
Felix Piloto, the ultimate baseball fan, can't believe
it when his mother sends a babysitter with him to the home
opener. He is mistaken for the visiting team's bat boy
and is soon traveling with the team. 152p.
DeFelice, Cynthia - The Missing Manatee
From his boat, Skeeter sees a dead manatee floating in the
river. When he realizes it has been shot, he vows to find the
person responsible. 181p.
Duble, Kathleen Benner - The Sacrifice
When the witchcraft scare spreads from Salem to Abigail's
village, fingers are pointed at Abigail and her sisters. They
are arrested, jailed, and may be put to death unless their
mother can save them. 211p.
Falcone, L.M. - Walking With the Dead
While at a museum, Alex removes a gold coin from an ancient
corpse. Needing the coin to cross the River Styx, the corpse
pursues Alex into the Greek Underworld where Alex must battle
the god Hades. 196p.
Going, K.L. - The Liberation of Gabriel King
is afraid of everything including spiders, killer robots, cows,
and, especially, fifth grade. When Frita, his
brave best friend, attempts to "cure" Gabriel of
his fears, she realizes that she may need his help to overcome
some fears of her own. 151p.
Gutman, Dan - The Homework Machine
Four kids, known around school as the D Squad, get into a
heap of problems with their teachers, classmates, parents and
the police over their invention and use of a homework machine.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson - Double Identity
Bethany makes the shocking discovery that she is the clone
of a sister who died many years ago. When she begins to question
her existence, Bethany uncovers even more secrets about her
Hearn, Julie - Sign of the Raven
A disembodied voice lures Tom into a time gap inhabited by
freakish lost souls who have been trapped since the 1800s.
As Tom tries to free these souls from their cruel imprisonment,
he is torn between the past and present, good and evil, and
life and death. 328p.
Hicks, Betty - Out of Order
When her mother remarries, Lily inherits a stepsister, stepbrother
and a lot of grief, but the kids manage to pull together and
host a charity Rock–Paper–Scissors Tournament.
Jurmain, Suzanne - The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True
and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students
Prudence faced insults, vandalism, violence and prison in her
attempt to open a school for African American girls in 1833.
Pullman, Philip - The Scarecrow and His Servant
The lightning bolt may have given him life, but Mr. Scarecrow
still needs some intellectual help, and so he enlists the boy
Jack as his servant. The two embark on a series of dangerous
adventures, all the while trying to avoid the clutches of the
evil Buffaloni family. 229p.
Schirripa, Steven - Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family
After Nicky's summer camp plans are cancelled, he is
sent to grandma's house in Brooklyn where he learns how
to be "goomba" and experiences hair-raising adventures
with his new friend, Tommy. 167p.
Silberberg, Alan - Pond Scum
The animals living in a pond are in an uproar when Oliver and
his family move nearby. Oliver uncovers a strange gem that
allows him to transform into an animal, and he makes a new
amphibian friend at the pond. Together they try to create an
alliance between humans and pond animals, for their mutual
Wiles, Debbie - Each Little Bird That Sings
Comfort Snowberger enjoys living and working with her family
at their funeral home business. A visit from her cousin and
problems with her best friend create a challenging summer for
Comfort and her family. 247p.
Prepared by Donna Drumtra-Froemming, Rachel Andrews and Diane
Jakosz, May 2006