Best Books for 5th Grade Boys
with Kids Wings Units to Guide Literature Circles

Humorous
Aliens on Vacation, The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast by Clete Barrett Smith
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tony Angleberger
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott
Elijah of Buxton (Newbery Honor)(You'll laugh and cry, but dialect is sometimes tough…an all-time favorite)
Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr--The hysterical story of Simon who sets out to drive a herd of ..uh....turkeys...to market in Colorado in the 1800s
Hubert Invents the Wheel (hysterical, set in Stone Age)

Overcoming Disabilities
One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch
Soar by Joan Bauer
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Survival/Adventure
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Surviving Antarctica
(awesome, challenging, futuristic science fiction)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Caldecott Winner)
Happenstance Found
by P. W. Catanese
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Atherton, The House of Power by Patrick Carman

SPORTS
Sports Genre
Athlete vs. Mathlete by W. C. Mack (basketball)
Double Dribble by W. C. Mack (basketball)
Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica (football)
One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch (basketball)

Mysteries
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tony Angleberger
Surviving Antarctica (awesome futuristic science fiction)

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Newbery Honor 2013)

Crispin, The Cross of Lead by Avi (Newbery Medal)
Who Stole Halloween by Martha Freeman
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Steward

Biography / Autobiography
Spy (Great, two-point of view Biography of Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War novel)

Historical Fiction:
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen-- Put an unforgettable face on The American Revolution from the eyes of a 13-year-old patriot caught up the atrocities of the war. Informational text inserted between ficionalized chapters.
The Mostly True Adventures of Home P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick--Civil War
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin--Stalin's Russia
Crispin, The Cross of Lead (Newbery Medal)--Medieval England
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck (World War II)
Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart (Civil War, slavery)
The Earth Dragon Awakes! by Laurence Yep--a two-point-of-view compelling story about the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Newbery Medal)
Fair Weather by Richard Peck

Realistic Fiction:
Lawn Boy and Lawn Boy Returns by Gary Paulsen
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tony Angleberger
Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman-- Lots of puzzles to solve

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry-- Lots of puzzles to solve in this treasure hunt in New York City

Science Fiction
Double Identity (click the hidden links . . . . . on the webpage for Internet extensions)
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott
Hubert Invents the Wheel (hysterical, set in Stone Age)

 

 

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