PPS Books for Relaxing Reading, Grades 3-5, Authors N-Z
This is the summer reading list for grades 3-5 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Roxie and the Hooligans
Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers. (If you enjoyed this, ask your librarian to help you find other books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.)
Midnight for Charlie Bone (series)
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. This is the first book in the Children of the Red King series. All of the books will be enjoyable reading
Magic Tree House (series)
The magic tree house carries Jack and Annie to different places in past, present, future. (Ask your librarian to help you find others in this series.)
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (series)
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home. (You may also enjoy more books in the Junie B. Jones series.)
Bridge to Terabithia
Fifth grader Jess Aarons, a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia, becomes friends with Leslie Burke, a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their magical kingdom in the woods, Terabithia, during a storm.
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
A collection of nearly sixty fables from Aesop, including such familiar ones as "The Grasshopper and the Ants," "The North Wind and the Sun," "Androcles and the Lion," "The Troublesome Dog," and "The Fox and the Stork."
Pink and Say
This book chronicles the friendship of Pink, a fifteen-year-old African-American Union soldier, and Say, his poor white comrade, as one nurses the other back to health from a battle wound and the two of them are imprisoned at Andersonville. Based on a true story.
The New Kid on the Block: Poems
A collection of over 100 amusing and imaginative poems to delight the reader. James Stevenson's pen and ink sketches capture the lively writings of Prelutsky's playful poetry. (Ask your librarian for more titles by Jack Prelutsky)
The Lightning Thief
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
The Maze of Bones
(#1 in The 39 Clues series) (Summer Dreamers Academy Book) Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her descendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but not one person has been able to assemble them. Now the clues-race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what is important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
Harry Potter (series)
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Ask your librarian to help you to find - and read - them all. Bet you can't read just one!)
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth story of a school that was built sideways. (Ask your librarian to suggest more titles by Louis Sachar.)
Lord of the Deep
Mikey seems to have a great relationship with his stepfather until his stepfather has to make a crucial decision that involves doing the right thing versus doing what best serves the family.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's--want to change into a tourist spot.
When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.
Time Warp Trio (series)
Joe receives a very special book from his magician uncle. Soon he and his friends, Fred and Sam, find themselves involved in a series of time traveling adventures, meeting pirates, dinosaurs, knights, dragons, cowboys, their own grandchildren, and other friends and enemies from the past and future.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook
Runny Babbit's topsy-turvy world is brought to life through wordplay and drawings. (If you enjoy reading this book, as your librarian to help you find other books by Shel Silverstein.)
Henry breaks out in brown bumps from eating too much chocolate. These help him foil some hijackers and teach him a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.
Series of Unfortunate Events (series)
This series of 13 books chronicles the time when after the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
(A Summer Dreamers' Academy book) After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary as he accomplishes athletic feats and other deeds that awe his peers. (Ask your librarian to suggest more titles by Jerry Spinelli.)
Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam (non-fiction)
A biography depicting the courage in battle, and magnanimousness in conquest, of Saladin, this noble Kurdish leader from the 12th century.
Too Much Magic
Two brothers find a magic cube and have a grand time wishing for all kinds of things only to find out to "be careful what you wish for."
The Mysterious Benedict Society (series)
Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. Only four children succeed. Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, all graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and members of the Benedict Society, embark on a scavenger hunt that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict. (If you enjoyed this, you will probably enjoy other books in the series.)
Almost Astronauts : 13 Women Who Dared To Dream (non-fiction)
The stories of the thirteen women connected with NASA's Mercury 13 space mission are presented. They braved prejudice and jealousy to make their mark and open the door for the female pilots and space commanders that would soon follow.
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World (non-fiction)
This powerfully illustrated biography looks at this legendary and flamboyant boxer and the complicated life he led, from changing his religion and his name to dodging the draft during the Vietnam Era and fighting his way to regain a stripped title. It is a great way to begin to understand Muhammad Ali's place in the world of sports. (If you found this book interesting, you may want to find biographies about other fascinating people that Jonah Winter has written.)