Best Books for Fifth-Graders

By fifth grade, kids are more curious about the world around them and starting to wonder about their place in it. Our list offers captivating, tween-friendly stories from a variety of perspectives. You'll find historical fiction, realistic contemporary stories, exciting fantasies, middle school tales, and memoirs in verse. There is so much to choose from for kids age 10 to 11. Dive into these picks for older elementary school kids, and when they're ready, check out the Best Books for Sixth-Graders.

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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
(2013)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
(2013)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2011)
(2000)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
(2009)
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The False Prince: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
(2012)
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Fish in a Tree Book Poster Image
Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia inspires.
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(2015)
(2015)
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Holes Book Poster Image
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
(2000)
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How It Went Down Book Poster Image
Haunting look at killing of unarmed African American teen.
By Kekla Magoon
(2015)
(2014)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
(2014)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(2009)
(1868)
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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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My Side of the Mountain Book Poster Image
Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
By Jean Craighead George
(2012)
(1959)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Book Poster Image
Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
(2014)
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Out of My Mind Book Poster Image
Girl with cerebral palsy conquers challenges in moving tale.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2013)
(2010)
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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
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Raymie Nightingale Book Poster Image
Tragedy, triumph, and wisdom in funny, heartfelt tween tale.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2016)
(2016)
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Smile Book Poster Image
Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2011)
(2010)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Book Poster Image
Inspiring wartime journal reveals teen's inner life.
By Anne Frank
(2011)
(1947)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
(2011)
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Echo Book Poster Image
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
(2015)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
(2015)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
(2012)
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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Book Poster Image
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2010)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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