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2013 Grade 5 Summer Reading for students entering grade 5 HKIS Upper Primary ✿ Available in eBook or Audio format on the HKIS Digital Lending Library

Airgood, Ellen. Prairie Evers. Nancy Paulsen, 2012. After being home schooled by her Granny, Prairie Evers has begun to attend public school. School is a jolt for Prairie until she meets Ivy, her first true friend.

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975. After drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family is doomed (or blessed) with eternal life and wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as possible.

Barsony, Piotr. The Stories of the Mona Lisa. Sky Pony, 2012. Take a journey through an imaginary museum and learn about different art movements and artists. Each movement is explained with their own Mona portraits in their signature styles.

Bauer, Joan. Almost Home. Viking, 2012. When Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head for Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t always easy.

Baum, Frank. The Wizard of Oz. Penguin Threads, 2012. Explore the incredible land of Oz with Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this classic tale! This book would be a great book to read aloud with your child. ✿

Bernstein, Daryl. Better than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids. Aladdin, 2012. From delivery service to dog walking. This handbook has great ideas for the aspiring entrepreneur!


Blackwood, Sage. Jinx. Harper, 2013. In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butterchurn-riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus.

Bull, Jane. Stitch by Stitch. DK, 2012. Keep busy this summer with some great projects. Learn how to make textile pieces including quilts, pocket purses, shoulder bags, embroidered pictures and more.

Cody, Matthew. Super. Alfred A. Knopf, c2012. Daniel Corrigan is as regular as can be, especially when compared to the Supers: kids in his new hometown with actual powers like flight and super strength. But Daniel's not powerless. . . ✿

Cusick, Dawn. Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! Charlesbridge, 2012. Yes, this book is gross, but animals use poop in lots of really cool ways. They use it to trick predators, send messages, feed themselves and their babies (ewww!), build homes and much more!

DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami. A Black Hole is Not a Hole. Charlesbridge, 2012. Do you have a budding astronomer in your family? Learn what black holes are, what causes them and how scientists first discovered them and more.

DuBois, Michael. Notfor-Parents: Extreme Planet: Exploring the Most Extreme Stuff on Earth! Lonely Planet, 2012. This book is seriously extreme and definitely not for your parents! Learn all about our planet’s hottest, wettest, deepest, coldest, highest and wildest places.

Florian, Douglas. Poem Runs. Harcourt, 2012. This collection of baseball poems brings wordplay, wit and laughter to the favorite sport. Check out other books from this author!

Freeman, Philip. Heroes of Olympus. Simon and Schuster, 2012. Retellings of the most important Greek and Roman myths. This book is fast-paced and action packed!


Grant, Michael. The Call. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. He has medium looks, medium grades and medium parents. One day something incredibly strange happens to Mack and everything changes. Full of excitement and adventure! Series ✿

Greenwald, Tommy. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit. Roaring Book Press, 2012. Charlie Joe hates to read. He’s made it his goal to get through middle school without reading any book cover to cover, but to avoid academic camp for the summer he’s got to get straight A’s.

Healy, Christopher. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Waldon Pond Press, 2012. The four princes who have all been dubbed “Prince Charming” gang together to defeat an evil witch who threatens the whole kingdom. ✿

Hiaasen, Carl. Chomp. Knopf, 2012. Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo with his father who is an animal wrangler. When his dad takes a job on a survival television show, Wahoo has to do a bit of wrangling himself! Your local library will have lots of fabulous books by this author! ✿

Hobbs, Will. Never Say Die. Harper 2013. At home in Canada's Arctic, Nick Thrasher is an accomplished Inuit hunter at fifteen. About to bring home a caribou for his ailing grandfather, Nick loses the meat to a fearsome creature never before seen in the wild. It's half grizzly, half polar bear!

Hopkinson, Deborah.Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. Scholastic Press, 2012. The story of the Titanic and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs. 2013 Sibert Honor book and a 2013 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.


Hunt, Lynda Mullaly Hunt. One for the Murphy’s. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012. When Carley finds herself in a foster home with a lively family with three boys, she’s not sure she will ever fit in. Slowly the family begins to work their ways into her heart. Just as she’s feeling like she could be one of the Murphy’s news from her mother shakes her world. ✿ Levine. Gail Carson.Forgive Me, I Meant to Do it: False Apology Poems. Harper, 2012. Include these funny poems to your summer reading. If you have a wicked sense of humor, this funny collection of false apology poems is for you.

LaFleur, Suzanne M. Eight Keys. Wendy Lam, 2011. Elise and Franklin have always been best friends, but when they go to middle school, things feel all wrong. Elise struggles to fit in but to still stay friends with Franklin. Then soon after her twelfth birthday she receives a mysterious key from her father that changes everything. ✿

Lin, Grace. Starry River of the Sky. Little Brown & Co., 2012. The moon is missing from the village of Clear Sky, but only a boy named Rendi seems to notice. He soon discovers that a visitor’s stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.

Losure, Mary. The Fairy Ring. Candlewick Press, 2012. The enchantingly true story about two girls who made the world believe in fairies. This book is for anyone who loves fairies or who has started something that has spun out of control.

Magnusson, Ari. Bitopia. Olivander Press, 2012. While running from bullies, Stewart realizes he must stay within the city walls if he wants to remain safe from creatures who hunt children, and uncovers a clue that could get him back home.

Martin, Ann. M. Ten Good and Bad Things about my life (so far). Feiwel & Friends, 2012. Pearl’s first assignment in fifth grade is to write an essay about her summer. The problem is that her life if complicated and she’s not sure where to begin. Series

Mass, Wendy. Beauty and the Beast: the Only One Who Didn’t Run Away. Scholastic, 2012. When you are stuck with a name like “Beauty”, people expect a lot from you like beauty and grace and courage. But what if you have none of these things? Series


McAlpine, Gordon. The Tell-Tale Start. Viking, 2013. Edgar and Allan, the great-great-greatgreat-grandnephews of the famed writer Edgar Allan Poe, discover that they are entrapped in a nefarious plot that has been going on since their birth. Series

McMann, Lisa. The Trap Door. Scholastic, 2013. This multiplatform adventure through time continues as Dak, Sera and Riq turn their attention to the next of the Great Breaks and find themselves in the United States in 1850 during the underground railroad. Series

Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag. Scholastic, 2012. Snowed in together in the Washington D.C. airport, a group of students discover they have more in common and find themselves in a race against time as they pursue thieves who have stolen the Star Spangled Banner.

Miller, Sarah Elizabeth. Miss Spitfire Atheneum, 2007. Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan when she arrived at the Keller household. This inspiring story told from Annie Sullivan’s point of view brings this amazing woman into focus.

Miynowski, Sarah. Fairest of All. Scholastic, 2012. A fresh, modern spin on the classic story of Snow White. After moving into a new house, Abby and her brother, Jonah, discover an antique mirror that transports them to another world. Series

Morpurgo, Michael. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. HarperCollins, 2006. A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat! ✿

Oliver, Lauren. The Spindlers. HarperCollins, 2012. When Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, candy-grubbing, pancake-loving little brother. The next morning, when she woke up, he was not. Liza suspects the Spindlers have something to do with the change in her brother. ✿

Pastis, Stephan. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Candlewick, 2013. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate will love the new funny guy in town! The hilarious and everoptimistic Timmy Failure, and his sidekick polar bear, Total, create chaos as they attempt to make sense of the world.


Pennypacker, Sara. Summer of the Gypsy Moths. Balzer + Bray, 2012. Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise on Cape Cod. Angel, a girl who couldn’t be less like her name, also lives with Aunt Louise. When tragedy strikes, Stella and Angel learn that they have more in common than they thought. ✿

Paulsen, Gary. Road Trip. Wendy Lamb Books, 2013. In this story told by a boy named Ben and his dog Atticus, a father and son go on a road trip together to rescue a border collie. While on their road trip they encounter some very interesting people and learn the importance of family. ✿

Savage, Scott J. Case File 13: Zombie Kid. Harper, 2013. In this book is every side of the story and every piece of evidence on case number 13. In it you will find all you need to follow the dark adventures of Nick, Carter, and Angelo, three boys who had an unhealthy curiosity with monsters. ✿

chroder, Monkia. Saraswati’s Way. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010. Leaving his village in rural India to find an eduction, mathematically gifted Akash ends up at the New Delhi train station, where he relies on Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge to guide him.

Seegert, Scott. Double Trouble. Egmont, 2012. Vordak the Incomprehensible’s plan to dominate the world backfires when he unintentionally creates competition for himself by creating a clone of his younger self. Series

Spinelli, Jerry. Jake and Lily. Balzer + Bray, 2012. Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they look nothing alike, they feel like two halves of one person. The year they turn eleven, everything seems to change. Who is Lily without Jake? Who is the real Jake? ✿

Terry, Kayte. Paper Made! Workman Publishing, 2012. Need something fun to do when it’s sweltering outside? Turn candy wrappers, junk mail, and paper bags into beautiful and lasting jewelry, gifts, home decor and party favors. A great parent-child activity book!

Urban, Linda. The Center of Everything. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2013. Ruby Pepperdine thinks her life is perfect until her best friend gets mad at her and her grandmother passes away. She tries to set things right on Bunning day when she will have the opportunity to share an essay.


2013 grade 5 summer reading