Books for 5th - 6th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2011
During the Summer of 2011, look for these books on the graded display shelves at the beginning of the J Fiction Collection!
J/F/ANGLEBERGER - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tommy and his friends try to figure out if an origami finger puppet of Yoda can really predict their futures. 141 p.
Atkinson, E.J. - I, Emma Freke
Six-foot tall Emma thinks she's a freak - just like her last name. When she goes to a family reunion, she learns more about herself and what it's really like to be a Freke. 234 p.
Baker, E.D. - The Wide-Awake Princess
Princess Gwendolyn pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and everyone in the castle falls into an enchanted sleep. Annie is immune to magic, so it's up to her to find a prince who can break the spell. 261 p.
Balliett, Blue - The Danger Box
Zoomy finds a mysterious box containing an old notebook. After doing some research, he thinks it might be the missing diary of Charles Darwin. Unfortunately, a sinister stranger will do almost anything to get his hands on it. 306 p.
Enderle, Dotti - Crosswire
During a Texas drought, cattlemen are cutting the farmers' barbed wire fences and stealing their water. When the farmers fight back, Jesse and his family find themselves in the middle of a fence war. 143 p.
Erskine, Kathryn - Mockingbird
Caitlin has Asperger's Syndrome, which makes it hard for her to handle her emotions. She tries to understand her brother's death by finishing a project that her brother and father worked on together. 235 p.
Fagan, Cary - The Big Swim
Ethan is surprised that his first year at summer camp seems to be going better than expected - until a new camper arrives. Zach doesn't seem to care about anything at camp, not even the biggest event of the summer, the Big Swim. 128 p.
Fergus, Maureen - Ortega
Ortega is a surgically-enhanced talking gorilla who has always lived in a lab. Scientists want to see how human he can be, so Ortega is enrolled in middle school - a very strange place to a gorilla! 224 p.
Fussell, Sandy - White Crane
No samurai school will accept Niya because he only has one leg until he finds an unusual school where all of the students are outcasts. Together, they train to compete in the annual Samurai Games. 237 p.
Hawkins, Aaron R. - The Year Money Grew on Trees
Mrs. Nelson promises Jackson that he can have her apple orchard if he grows and sells $8,000 worth of fruit. Jackson takes the challenge, but he's not sure he can pull it off! 293 p.
Holm, Jennifer L. - Turtle in Paradise
Turtle's mom gets a new job, so Turtle is sent to stay with relatives in faraway Key West, Florida. While there, she has to deal with new cousins, a cranky Granny, homesickness, and the Diaper Gang. 191 p.
Kelley, Jane A. - Nature Girl
Megan is not happy to be spending her summer in the wilds of Vermont, far from the hustle and bustle of New York. While on a hike, she becomes separated from her sister and ends up alone on the Appalachian Trail. 239 p.
Kennedy, Kim - Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates
When Misty finds a strange pair of glasses, she discovers that they allow her to see the ghosts of evil pirates who want to reclaim the treasure they buried back in 1633. 218 p.
Klise, Kate - Grounded
Daralynn is devastated when her father, brother, and sister die in a plane crash. She's left to deal with her grieving mother, her senile grandmother, and a con man who is trying to swindle the local citizens. 196 p.
Paulsen, Gary - Masters of Disaster
No longer satisfied with earning perfect attendance awards, Henry, Riley, and Reed decide to do something so daring that they will become famous; they will transform themselves into Masters of Adventure! 102 p.
Preus, Margi - Heart of a Samurai: Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro
When a freak storm shipwrecks Manjiro and his fishing companions in 1841, they are rescued by an American whaling boat. The ship takes them away from their familiar life in Japan to a strange new life in America. 301 p.
Rhodes, Jewell Parker - Ninth Ward
Lanesha and her grandma, Mama Ya-Ya, are unable to leave their home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, so they prepare the best they can to weather this historic storm. 217 p.
Selfors, Suzanne - Smells Like Dog
Homer inherits a droopy basset hound from his treasure-seeking Uncle Drake and discovers a mysterious coin hidden in its collar - a clue to a possible pirate treasure! 360 p.
Smith, Roland - Storm Runners
Chase and his father follow storms and repair houses after disasters. On the day that Hurricane Emily hits land, Chase's school bus crashes off a levee and he faces floodwaters, howling winds, and hungry alligators. 143 p.
Tanner, Lian - Museum of Thieves
Goldie lives in the city of Jewel, where children are kept chained for their own safety. Goldie escapes her chains and hides out in The Museum - a fascinating place that stores all of the wildness and dangers that have been eliminated from life in Jewel. 312 p.
Van Eekhout, Greg - Kid Vs. Squid
Thatcher is spending his summer at a seaside resort where he meets Shoal, a princess of Atlantis, and tries to help free her people from an evil sea witch and her army of slimy, tentacled sea creatures. 196 p.
Vanderpool, Clare - Moon Over Manifest
Abilene is sent to her father's small hometown, Manifest, Kansas, for the summer. She spends her days looking into the town's history, finding secrets about her dad's past, and worrying whether he'll ever come back for her. 351 p.
Wiles, Deborah - Countdown
Franny is living through the tense 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962. She's feuding with her best friend, fighting with her little brother, and waiting to see if she'll have to "duck and cover." 377 p.
Prepared by Katie Bradley, Kelly Pocci, and Suzanne Thomas, May 2011
Wood, Maryrose - The Mysterious Howling
Penelope accepts a position as governess for three children and then discovers that they were raised by wolves. Now it's her job to civilize them! 267 p.