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2013 Summer Reading List: Grade 5

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Al Capone Shines My Shoes
By Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help he secretly gave Moose.


 

Crunch
By Leslie Connor

With their parents stuck in New England during a gasoline crisis, Dewey and his siblings struggle to keep open the family bicycle business and solve the mystery of missing bicycle parts.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
By John Flanagan

In a faraway land, a young warrior must protect an emperor from an uprising and train an inexperienced army, with assistance from his Ranger friends.

Chained
By Lynne Kelly

To work off a family debt, 10-year-old Hastin leaves his desert village in India to work as a circus elephant keeper. Many challenges await him, including trying to keep Nandita, a sweet elephant, safe from the cruel circus owner.

Eagle
By Jeff Stone

After attacking and killing his former grandmaster, 16-year-old Ying realizes he has been betrayed. In addition to being wanted for treason now, Ying is forced to turn to Hok, his old temple sister, for help.

 

The Sixty-Eight Rooms
By Marianne Malone

Here's an adventure about the Thorne Rooms (68 miniature rooms made by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s) and a magic key that allows a person to shrink down small enough to explore the rooms' secrets.

Herbert’s Wormhole
By Peter Nelson


While Alex is getting to know his inventive neighbor Herbert, they unexpectedly travel to the 22nd century through a space-time wormhole where they encounter aliens, jet packs and their future selves.

Hera, the Goddess and Her Glory
By George O’Connor

Recounts the stories of the many heroes who sought and won the approval and patronage of Hera, the Queen of the Gods, including the story of Heracles.

 

This list was compiled from sources including The Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network and The Parkway (MO) Summer Reading List Committee.


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