Gr. 5 Lit. Survey


This reading list of novels will introduce you to many different genres, to many different authors, and to some of the classics. 

Canadian Authors
These novels will introduce you to a few great Canadian writers.
Baker, Deidre. Becca At Sea.
Berton, Pierre. The Secret World of Og.
Cullen, Sean. Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates.
Cumyn, Alan. The Secret Life of Owen Skye.
Ellis, Deborah. A Company of Fools.
Ellis, Sarah. Next-Door Neighbours.
Korman, Gordon. The Deep.
Lawson, Julie. White Jade Tiger.
Little, Jean. From Anna.
MacGregor, Roy. Danger in Dinosaur Valley.
Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing.
Roy, Philip. Outlaw in India.
Watts, Irene N. Remember Me.
Wilson, Eric. Cold Midnight in Vieux Quebec.

International Authors
These novels will give you an overview of some great writers from other countries.
Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. (American)
Almond, David. The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon. (British)
Banerjee, Anjali. Looking for Bapu and Seaglass Summer. (American)
Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks. (American)
Bunting, Eve. The In-Between Days. (American)
Bresdorff, Bodil. The Crow Girl. (Danish)
Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. (American)
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. (British)
Codell, Esme. Sahara Special. (American;)
Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. (American)
Doder, Joshua. Grk Smells a Rat! (British)
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats. (American)
Garrigue, Sheila. The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito. (American)
Hill, Kirkpatrick. Bo at Ballard Creek. (American)
King-Smith, Dick. Babe: the Gallant Pig. (British)
Lewis, Gill. Wild Wings. (British)
MacLachlan, Patrica. Arthur, For the Very First Time. (American)
MacLachlan, Patricia. Just Dance. (American)
McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure. (American)
Morey, Walt. Gentle Ben. (American)
Morpurgo, Michael. The Butterfly Lion. (British)
Moulton, Erin E. Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and One Incredible Journey. (American)
Neri, Greg. Tru and Nelle. (American)
Nesbit, Edith. The Railway Children. (British)
Park, Linda Sue. When My Name was Keoko. (American)
Peck, Robert Newton. Soup. (American)
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Nuts to You. (American)
Porter, Tracey. Billy Creekmore. (American)
Raschka, Chris. The Doorman’s Repose. (American)
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon. (American)
Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (American)
Spinelli, Jerry. Loser. (American)
Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins. (British)
White, E.B. Stuart Little. (American)
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic. (American)
Yep, Laurence. The Dragon’s Child and When the Circus Came to Town. (American)
Ylvisaker, Anne. Button Down. (American)

Newbery Winners
The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for fifth grade students.
Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. (2009 Medal Winner)
Bauer, Marion Dane. On My Honor. (1987 Honor Book)
Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. (1984 Medal Winner)
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie. (2001 Honor Book)
Enright, Elizabeth. Gone-Away Lake. (1958 Honor Book)
Gantos, Paul. Joey Pigza Loses Control. (2001 Honor Book)
Holm, Jennifer L. Our Only May Amelia. (2000 Honor Book)
Horvath, Polly. Everything on a Waffle. (2002 Honor Book)
Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill. (1945 Medal Winner)
Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky. (2007 Medal Winner)
Sachar, Louis. Holes. (1999 Medal Winner)
Vawter, Vince. Paperboy. (2014 Honor Book)

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