4th-5th Grade Summer Reading 2017


Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
12-year-old Liam is lost in outer space, all because he’s tall for his age and pretended to be an adult. [BOOK TRAILER]

Horizon by Scott Westerfeld
A mysterious plane crash lands a pack of kids in a place that really shouldn't exist. [BOOK TRAILER]

speech bubbleGRAPHIC NOVELS

by Drew Brockington

The President recruits a group of cat astronauts to turn the moon into a solar power plant. [REVIEW]

El Deafo by Cece Bell
When Cece is 4 years old, she becomes deaf after contracting meningitis. Her new hearing aid makes her feel like a superhero—but also alone. [BOOK TRAILER]

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Shannon’s BFF Adrienne ditches her for the popular girls in The Group. Some girls will do anything to stay on top... [BOOK TRAILER]

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
In The Jungle Book, Mowgli was raised by animals. In this book, an orphan is raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Also available in a chapter book edition. [BOOK TRAILER]

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
Hopper’s first day goes terribly, until her earrings trigger a code in a robot bird. This book turns coding into a game. [BOOK TRAILER]

football helmetSPORTS FICTION

Guys Read: The Sports Pages
by Jon Scieszka

Each book in this series features ten short stories in different genres, by some of the best writers in each genre. [GUYS READ AUTHORS TELL "THE JOKE"]

girl with glassesREALISTIC FICTION

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
by Leslie Connor

The Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility is home to 6th-grader Perry—the warden let him grow up there with his mom, an inmate. But the new district attorney thinks prison is no place for a kid... [BOOK TRAILER]

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin, a 5th-grader with Asperger’s Syndrome, used to depend on her big brother Devon, but when he’s killed in a school shooting, she and her dad have to find a way to grieve, and heal, together. [BOOK TRAILER]

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Melody has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk. Will a computer that lets her speak help her make friends? [BOOK TRAILER]

Pax by Sara Pennypacker
A boy is forced to abandon his pet fox when his father joins the war. Will the fox find his way back? [BOOK TRAILER]

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Suzy’s former BFF dies unexpectedly, just before 7th grade. When Suzy learns about a rare, poisonous jellyfish during a school trip, she is convinced this is how her friend died. But will an answer help her get over her grief? [BOOK TRAILER]

witch hatFANTASY

by Katherine Applegate

Jackson’s imaginary friend, a huge cat named Crenshaw, first appeared when his family moved into their minivan in 1st grade. Now Jackon's family is about to be evicted again, and Crenshaw reappears. Jackson, a 5th-grader who likes science, wonders whether the cat is real. [BOOK TRAILER]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ivan the gorilla lives in a glass cage in a shopping mall circus, and decides to help Ruby, a baby elephant, escape. [BOOK TRAILER]

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jon Moving to the farm her family inherited, Sophie, 12, discovers she also inherited some chickens with superpowers... [BOOK TRAILER]

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
A robot named Roz shipwrecks on an island, and has to figure out how to survive in the wild environment. [BOOK TRAILER]

magnifying glassMYSTERY

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein

When a lock-in becomes a reality game, 12-year-old Kyle and his friends have to find their way out of the library. [BOOK TRAILER] 


World War II: An Interactive History Adventure
by Elizabeth Raum

This nonfiction series is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, except about real events in history.

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