What are the best must-read books for 5th graders?

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    #1The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Terry Brewer
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The hobbit is a very funny story my favorite "
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    #2Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age adventure novel by Wilson Rawls that tells the story of Billy and his two hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. This is a story about dogs' loyalty and abiding love for their masters.


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    Mark Collins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "My daughter adored this book. It was assigned reading in her 5th grade class and she absolutely loved it. It is a story of loyalty, love, and finding yourself. Definitely a must read for any student before entering junior high. "
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    #3Peter and the Starcatchers

    Peter and the Starcatchers
    This book features the characters of the classic Disney film 'Peter Pan', in which Peter and his friends live amazing adventures and battles against pirates and in the end, we can get to know the secrets of Peter Pan. 


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    Li Song
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A very entertaining and excellent adventure geared towards children 10 and older. This book was very well written and engaging, and will keep my 5th grader very well entertained. It is sometimes a struggle to find books that fulfill this, but this passes with flying colors. "
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    #4The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  


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    Maria Martin
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Now this book been out for years in I must say that this is one amazing book. Four siblings fighting an evil with but they stick together."
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    Inside Redwall Abbey, mice live peacefully with any stranger coming to see their place. But a terrible army of rats is planning to attack them, so Matthias, a little but brave mouse, is ready to defend his home at any cost. 


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    Douglas Arnold
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "My son brought Redwall home to read. He hasn't been able to put it down since and keeps talking about it. I had to read it myself even though I'm adult."
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    #6The Magician's Elephant

    The Magician's Elephant

    The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is the story of an orphan named Peter Augustus Duchene who is looking for her sister. A fortuneteller tells him that an elephant is an answer, which will lead him to his sister.


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    Wayne Clark
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "one of the best books for my young child"
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    #7The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows
    'The Wind in the Willows' is a classic fantasy tale written by Kenneth Grahame which has become a must-read for kids and teenagers. It tells the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr. Toad, a group of eccentric talking animals.

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    Brandon Contreras
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Wind in the Willows' is definitely a must-read books for 5th graders. It is the story of an eclectic group of characters who just happen to be talking animals."
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    #8The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)

    The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)
    The Maze of Bones (39 Clues) is a Mystery, Adventure and Young Adult Fiction novel written by Rick Riordan. It was published September 9, 2008 by Scholastic Press.

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    Mark Howell
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The book is recommended for 8-12 years old to make them think in an interactive game type environment and it is quite effective. It is one of the perfect books to introduce the mystery to children with adventurous story. I would definitely buy the book as a gift to my nephew. "
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    #9The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is a Newbery Honor book written by Christopher Paul Curtis. This historical fiction book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1995.


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    Philip Hicks
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If you have a fifth grader, you have heard of The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963. My son just finished reading it in school and absolutely loved it. The book was historical fiction and really had his mind racing for more information. This is a perfect book for ypung readers, and adults may like it as well "
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    #10The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Theresa Rivera
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a classic that all kids should read. The story is one that has stayed with me over the years. It's one of those timeless novels I can't forget. Very important lessons in it for young people, I think."
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    #11The Gammage Cup (The Minnipins)

    The Gammage Cup (The Minnipins)
    The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall is about the Minnipins, a group of little people, who unite in order to fight the Mushrooms of Hairless Ones and defend the village they live in. This book is published in 1959 and was republished in 1991 by Scholastic.

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    Eric Rios
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "very good idea i would use this if it was available "
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    #12Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 


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    Aarav Pillai
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is quickly becoming a classic. Very interesting and and well written, everyone, not just 5th graders, should read this. With more books in the series and great reviews, it's a good find."
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    #13The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    Not every adolescent girl is accused of killing, send to trial and found guilty. But this is exactly the story of Charlotte Doyle. A girl whose strong ideas and actions may offend you, but this is her truth. 


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    Mary Du
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "A nice read for a younger audience. The intriguing storyline will keep even a teenager engaged. "
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    Jinx by Sage Blackwood is a fantasy-adventure about the story of Jinx, a daring hero who is curious about magic, in fighting enemies together with friends and discovering life in the forest. 


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    Gilberto Saucedo
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "This looks like an excellent whimsical fantasy story. The cover art and description lead me to believe this should be a great read for people of any age, and the user reviews back this up. There could be more reviews, but the ones that are there are all quite positive, and convince me this is a great pick for my needs."
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    #15Puzzle Island

    Puzzle Island

    Puzzle Island is a picture book for children written and illustrated by Paul Adshead. It includes detailed illustrations of different parts of the island, and the readers are asked to search for hidden figures and unscramble letters.


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    Anna Cheng
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Not really what the person was searching for."


Best What are the best must-read books for 5th graders
1The HobbitBooks 44 Paid
2Where the Red Fern GrowsBooks 41 Paid
3Peter and the StarcatchersBooks 39 Paid
4The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 36 Paid
5RedwallBooks 32 Paid
6The Magician's ElephantBooks 27 Paid
7The Wind in the WillowsBooks 25 Paid
8The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)Books 25 Paid
9The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963Books 17 Paid
10The GiverBooks 15 Paid

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