Suggested Reads for Primary Five Students

 

Sir John the (Mostly) Brave

by Johnny Smith

Who said boring? John Smith is a gallant knight with a sword, shield and cool battles to fight. So there. You know not to judge a book by its cover, right? (Apart from this book. It does look pretty great.) Well – John Smith would like you never to judge a kid by his boring name. Because John is NOT boring. Far from it. In his last book, he was a pirate. Oh, the envy. Now he’s a knight of the realm. His task: to rescue the Queen from a deadly foe. Arise, Sir John, and save Her Majesty! Got a boring name? Enjoy. Got a brilliant one? Read this just the same.

 

The Tell-Tale Start

by Gordon McAlpine

Meet Edgar and Allan Poe -- twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?

 

Sheriff John the (Partly) Wild

by Johnny Smith

8-year-old John Smith might have the most boring name in the world, but his life is anything but dull! This time he's the Sheriff of the Wild West and must save the land from the no-good Wayward gang of thieves. Using his quick wit and cowboy antics, John will prove he's ANYTHING but boring.

 

Spaceman John the (Nearly) Bold

by Johnny Smith

You know how you should never judge a book by its cover? (We hope you don’t, even though this book has a great one.) Well – you should also never judge a kid by his name. John Smith is the living proof. His name is so boring it makes teachers yawn when they read out the class register. But it’s his magical ticket to awesome fun! Riding on a comet. Fixing rockets in outer space. Oh, the total envy! Does that sound boring to you? Plus, if you’re an alien, John Smith probably seems like the most exciting name of all time. Keep reading if you think that sounds brilliant. (If you don’t, you’re the boring one.)

 

The Twistrose Key

by Tone Almhjell

Something is wrong in the house that Lin's family has rented; Lin is sure of it. The clocks tick too slowly. Frost covers the flowerbed, even in a rain storm. And when a secret key marked "Twistrose" arrives for her, Lin finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver.

This frozen realm is the home of every dead animal who ever loved a child. Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under the rosebush. But together they must find the missing Winter Prince in order to save Sylver from destruction.

They are not the only ones hunting for the boy this night. In the dark hides a shadow-lipped man, waiting for the last Winter Prince to be delivered into his hands.

Exhilarating suspense and unforgettable characters await the readers of this magical adventure, destined to become a classic.

 

A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home

by Marilyn Singer

Under the desert's cracked and barren skin, spadefoot toads are waiting for rain. In the endless black of the deepest caves, blind fish find their way. Even in the frozen hearts of glaciers, ice worms by the billion flourish. In this fascinating look at fourteen animals who defy the odds by thriving in Earth's most dangerous places, renowned poet Marilyn Singer and celebrated artist Ed Young show that of all the miracles of life, it is life's persistence that astounds the most.

 

The Steps up the Chimney

by William Corlett

William, Mary and Alice Constant have come to spend Christmas with their uncle as their parents are working abroad. Little by little, they discover that things in this remote old house are not quite what they seem. There are powerful forces at work, calling to the children from across the centuries; forces that pull them up the hidden steps in the chimney to the secret room where the magician lives.

 

Tales of Famous Animals

by Peter Roop

A delightfully illustrated introduction to some of the most fascinating and admirable animals we’ve ever known!

Everyone knows about President Obama's first dog Bo, but would you believe President Adams had a pet alligator that he kept in the White House? TALES OF FAMOUS ANIMALS won't just cover presidential pets; young readers will also learn about heroic animals like Balto the sled dog and unique animals like Koko the gorilla. With awesome full-color illustrations throughout, this book is sure to melt the hearts of animal lovers everywhere!

 

The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

by David Lubar

A girl doesn't have a date for the school dance―until her dad makes one for her in his lab. "Lily―meet Stitchy." A family enjoys a nice Thanksgiving dinner―until they are interrupted by a torrent of turkeys out for revenge. A princess meets a pea-brained suitor. And the battle of two red hot pepper weenies ends in flames.

 

Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 1

by Geoff Rodkey

A stunning middle-grade debut--full of heart, humor, and nonstop action It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.

Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.

 

Elvis and the Underdogs

by Jenny Lee

This feel-good middle-grade novel is about a sickly boy whose life is turned upside down when he gets a therapy dog . . . who can talk!

Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly, accident-prone, and at the hospital so often he even has his own punch card. So when Benji wakes up one day from a particularly bad spell, his doctors take the radical step of suggesting he get a therapy dog. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two-hundred-pound Newfoundland who can talk! And boy, is he bossy.

 

Zoom!: Amazing Space Stories

by John Graziano

A new and exciting series filled with strange and hilarious facts and stories. Subject-based titles take the famous quirky Ripley's stories and enhance them with fun comic strips, factoids, and cartoons.

 

Finicky: An Aldo Zelnick

by Karla Oceanak

As Thanksgiving rolls around, Aldo Zelnick—a fifth-grade foodie if there ever was one—is flummoxed by his best friend Jack's refusal to try new food. Jack, who famously eats nothing but peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, is so finicky that he's even grown squeamish about Aldo's incessant talk about food. Meanwhile, a family friend has opened a new restaurant, and Aldo, Jack, and Bee are invited for a kitchen tour and cooking lesson, and to help serve the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. With flash mobs, black-footed ferrets, a friend with a food allergy, and all the folderol this A-to-Z series is known for, this sixth installment also features a vocabulary-building glossary of fun and challenging words starting with the letter F, including fluke, and frenzy.

 

Floors

by Patrick Carman

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future!

 

Good Dog, Bad Dog: [Book 1]

by Dave Shelton

Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo are pedigree police: the finest canine cops in all Muttropolis. And they're never short of work. The city is heaving with cunning crooks and malevolent mongrels who would sell their own mother for a bone. Join our dog detectives as they chase leads, sniff out crime, collar the bad guys and generally get their teeth into adventures full of action, suspense and ...milkshakes. Criminals beware: McBoo and Bergman are on your tail!

 

The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole)

by Kathryn Lasky

GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE is a classic hero mythology about the fight between good and evil. This series is filled with adventure, suspense, and heart.

In the first book in the GUARDIANS... series, the reader is introduced to Soren, a barn owl and the centerpiece of the series. When Soren is pushed from his family's nest by his older brother, he is rescued from certain death on the forest floor by agents from a mysterious school for orphaned owls, St. Aggie's. When Soren arrives at St. Aggie's, he suspects there is more to the school than meets the eye. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that St. Aggie's is actually a training camp where the school's leader can groom young owls to help achieve her goal

 

Escape: A Survivor's Guide: This Book Could Save Your Life

by Margaret Hynes

The world is a complicated place, brimming with adventure (and unexpected danger) around every corner―it's important to be prepared. Escape: A Survivor's Guide by Margaret Hynes is a handy pocket-sized survival guide covers just about everything a young reader might want to know about getting out of the trickiest of situations. Packed with entertaining writing, step-by-step survival instructions, subtly humorous illustrations, and real-life stories of escape, this book's unlikely scenarios are all based on solid research and science.

 

Rapunzel's Revenge

by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel escapes her tower-prison all on her own, only to discover a world beyond what she'd ever known before. Determined to rescue her real mother and to seek revenge on her kidnapper would-be mother, Rapunzel and her very long braids team up with Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and together they perform daring deeds and rescues all over the western landscape, eventually winning the justice they so well deserve.

 

My Name Is Mina

by David Almond

Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window, witness to the moon's silvery light. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free.

A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams.

 

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