Fifth Grade

Incoming Fifth Grade Summer Reading 2017

Incoming Fifth Grade students are required to read 5 books. They do not have to read all of the books on their own—parents, older siblings, etc. can read to them! There is one required title which everyone must read—the other four books are free choice. Please read the required title in August—that way the story will be fresh in your mind for the start of fifth grade! You and your classmates will discuss the book and even have a related writing assignment.


Author Gordon Korman will visit Gilman School on October 12, 2017. We encourage students to read any books by Gordon Korman that are of interest, as knowledge of the author’s work will help make his visit even more meaningful. All incoming fifth grade students will read Mr. Korman’s book, Masterminds. Set in Serenity, New Mexico this is an idyllic community for all its inhabitants. Everyone has everything they need and no one lies. As the local newspaper boasts, "Serenity Voted #1 in USA for standard of living." Eli has always been happy with his life and never had any reason to want to leave. And then one day he rides with his best friend Randy to the outskirts of town and makes life-changing discoveries.

Suggested Reading:

Anderson, John David. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.
Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, and Topher, Brand and Steve come up with a plan to tell her how much she means to them.

Barron, T.A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (series)
A young boy who has no identity or memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

Brallier, Max. The Last Kids on Earth. (series)
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average 13 year old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord.
Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord.

Gidwitz, Adam. Inquisitor’s Tale.
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon.

Gibbs, Stuart. Spy School. (also try the sequels: Spy Camp and Evil Spy School)
Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA’s highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.

Hale, Nathan. One Trick Pony.
On a ravaged future earth, technology-hungry aliens called pipers scour the planet for salvage. One cadre of humans is trying to preserve the earth’s culture by scavenging for any remaining technology, but it’s dangerous work, especially when three kids—Strata, Auger, and Inby—stumble on a hidden cavern packed with untouched robots, including a beautiful mechanical horse.

Holm, Jennifer. Sunny Side Up.
After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is. She just wants things to go back to how they were before. A graphic novel.

King, Amy. Me and Marvin Gardens.
Sixth-grader Obe Devlin doesn’t run with the popular crowd. He’s more concerned with keeping his creek clean, finding rocks for busmate Annie Bell’s collection, and not having nosebleeds all over his clothes. Housing developments are rapidly, and upsettingly, encroaching on the acres of land that once belonged to the Devlin family, and Obe’s one friend chooses to hang with the new kids.

London, C. Alexander. The Wild Ones.
After his parents are killed, Kit, a young raccoon sets off for the city with a stone that may be the key to finding the Bone of Contention, a legendary object that is proof of a deal giving the wild animals the rights to Ankle Snap Alley, which the dogs and cats want back.

McMann, Lisa. The Unwanteds. (series)
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, 13-year old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Pennypacker, Sarah. Pax.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

Raum, Elizabeth. Spies of the American Revolution: an interactive espionage adventure.
Everyone has a secret. But in the war between the colonies and the king, keeping a secret is a dangerous thing. The first American spies belonged to secret societies and rebel organizations.

Philbrick, Rodrick. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.
Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.

Reynolds, Jason. Ghost.
Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons.

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