Best Books @ HMS in 2015-16: Grade 5

*** Most books (but not all) are in the HMS Library collection. Please be aware that the maturity level of some titles is higher than fifth grade.***

 9 Votes!
I Am Number Four,
by Pittacus Lore
Reader Comments:
• It's great! I encourage anyone to read it.
• This series is action-packed and full of surprises.
• If you like a very adventurous book, read this!
 6 Votes
The Lightning Thief,
by Rick Riordan
Reader Comments:
• It is so good!  You won't want to put the book down and it is so enveloping!
• Amazing!  Full of action and adventure.
• This book is full of excitement and action.
• Read this series!
• It's engaging!
 5 Votes
by R. J. Palacio
Reader Comments:
• Very sad, tugs at your heartstrings. I loved the whole thing.
• So realistic and I loved the main character.
• Teaches a lot of good life lessons.

4 Votes Each:

 The Angel Experiment,
by James Patterson

Reader Comments:
• This book is definitely the best sci-fi book ever!
• This book inspires me to do what is right.
• Amazing!
• Best book I've ever read (and I've read a lot of books)!

The Running Dream,
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Reader Comments:
• The chapters are short and exciting. It feels like each chapter has its own climax.
• It's a very inspiring book.  It makes you want to get up and do something amazing!
• It is very inspiring and definitely makes you want to try harder.
 The Wishing Spell,
by Chris Colfer

Reader Comments:
• It was full of action and there was a temptation to keep reading.
• So much adventure and it is touching.
• The book had lots of adventure and cliff hangers.

2 Votes Each:

The Boys in the Boat,
by Daniel Brown
Reader Comments:
• Amazing biography!
The Candymakers,
by Wendy Mass

Reader Comments:
• If you like chocolate and candy, read this book!
Gregor the Overlander,
by Suzanne Collins

Reader Comments:
• This was the first series I adored!

The Maze Runner,
by James Dashner

Reader Comments:
• Fast paced, exciting and interesting. A big hit!
The One and Only Ivan,
by Katherine Applegate

Reader Comments:
• It's all about animals. No action. It is just peaceful.
 Point Blank,
by Anthony Horowitz

Reader Comments:
• I love it because of the fast action, near deaths, dangerous missions and lots of details.
• I love the mystery!

 The Quest Begins,
by Erin Hunter

Reader Comments:
• It is a wonderful book that has adventure and drama.
• This book is a great start to a great series.

The Wild Girls,
by Pat Murphy

Reader Comments:
• Fun and adventurous book!
• I loved this book so much.  It was relateable to 5th grade girls.

by Colin Meloy

Reader Comments:
• Action-packed adventure with talking coyotes, crows flying with babies -- all packed into one story.
• An extraordinary adventure in the impassable wilderness.


1 Vote Each:

by Peg Kehret
Reader Comments:
• This book makes you think and keps you on the edge of your seat.

Anne of Green Gables,
by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Artemis Fowl,
by Eoin Colfer

Reader Comments:
• This book is about not a leprechaun, but a leprechaun member, a captain of the fairy police and her struggles against the juvenile criminal, Artemis Fowl.
The Bad Beginning,
by Lemony Snicker

Because of Mr. Terupt,
by Rob Buyea
Reader Comments:
• Seven kids, one teacher, and a school year that changes everything.....
 Between Shades of Gray,
by Ruta Sepetys

Reader Comments:
• This book was good because it opened my eyes to how good I have it today.
City of Bones,
by Cassandra Clare
Reader Comments:
• Some less appropriate bits but an amazing book!
The City of Ember,
by Jeanne DuPrau
Reader Comments:
• It is so real but so amazing, it is unreal!
Counting by 7s,
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Dark Secret,
by Tui T. Sutherland
Reader Comments:
• If you like dragons, this is the book for you.  It is very good!
Dead Beautiful,
by Yvonne Woon
Reader Comments:
• Sad, romantic and is always a cliff hanger.
Destination Unknown,
an Evacuee's Story,
by Gay Grant
Reader Comments:
• A heartwarming story and sad at the same time.
The Dragonet Prophecy,
by Tui T. Sutherland
Reader Comments:
• Because there is a lot of action going on.
Dreamer, Wisher, Liar,
by Charise Mericle Harper
Reader Comments:
Moving story! It is amazing! If you love great books, I recommend it.
Elephant Run,
by Roland Smith
Reader Comments:
• 5 Stars! Great book!
Eric LeGrand: Believe,
by Eric LeGrand
Reader Comments:
• Because it is a sports book.
 The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Patterson
Reader Comments:
• Very funny!
The Extra Yard,
by Mike Lupica
Reader Comments:
• I love this book! I really feel like this is happening right now.
The False Prince,
by Jennifer Nielsen

Reader Comments:
• Always cliffhangers at each chapter's end.
Far North,
by Will Hobbs
Reader Comments:
• This book is awesome!
The Fill-In Boyfriend,
by Kasie West

Fire and Ice,
by Erin Hunter
Reader Comments:
• Amazing book. It was awesome!
 Football Genius,
by Tim Green
Reader Comments:
• Best football book ever!!!!!

Forest of Secrets,
by Erin Hunter

The Giver,
by Lois Lowry
Reader Comments:
• A great Sci-Fi; slow at first, then gets some action. Great detail, makes you wonder.
by Michael Grant
Reader Comments:
• Great book, but has some scenes with violence.

Grip of the Shadow Plague,
by Brandon Mull

The Homework Machine,
by Dan Gutman

House of Secrets,
by Chris Columbus
Reader Comments:
• This book is a true fantasy.
The Hunger Games,
by Suzanne Collins

 If I Stay,
by Gayle Forman
Reader Comments:
I liked the theme of the book! It wasn't like any other book.

Into the Land of the Unicorns, by Bruce Coville
Reader Comments:
• It is very interesting and action packed.
by Eric Walters
Reader Comments:
• I just loved it because it is interesting.
The Lions of Little Rock,
by Kristin Levine

 Lost on a Mountain in Maine, by Donn Fendler

Mission Unstoppable,
by Dan Gutman

Moby Dick,
by Herman Melville

Murder is Bad Manners,
by Robin Stevens
Reader Comments:
• I liked it because it was interesting.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Stewart
Reader Comments:
• The set up of suspense is outstanding, but is on the more challenging side.
Nature Girl,
by Jane Kelly
Ophelia and the 
Marvelous Boy,
by Karen Foxlee
Reader Comments:
•It was interesting and different from others, along with a magical journey through friendship and bravery.
by Joan Bauer

Pegasus, the Flame of Olympus, by Kate O'Hearn
Reader Comments:
• It has action, sadness, cliffhangers and plenty of imagination!
Pegasus and the New Olympians, by Kate O'Hearn
Reader Comments:
• One of the best books in the series. Great action, cliffhangers and characters.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes,
by Jonathan Auxier
Reader Comments:
• It is action packed and is confusing in a couple of parts, but it's a very good book in my opinion.
 Rain Reign,
by Ann M. Martin
Reader Comments:
• This book made me feel happy and sad at times.  It was a very beautifully written book.

Roller Girl,
by Victoria Jamieson
Reader Comments:
• I like how it tells you to never give up!
The Ruins of Gorlan,
by John Flanagan

Smells Like Dog,
by Suzanne Selfors
Reader Comments:
• If you like dogs and adventure, this is the book for you!
Soul Surfer,
by Bethany Hamilton
Reader Comments:
• This book was so good I could not put it down.  It was most gripping!
 The Thing About Jellyfish,
by Ali Benjamin
Reader Comments:
• I loved this book because when you are reading it you really feel like you're in the book.

 Things Not Seen,
by Andrew Clements

Treasure Hunters,
by James Patterson
Reader Comments:
• Like pictures in a chapter book? Then this book is for you!
by Edwidge Danticat
Reader Comments:
• Very sad book and a little scary, but written extremely well.
Urban Outlaws,
by Peter Black
Reader Comments:
• Missions, mystery. Really good book.  READ IT!
Wait Till Helen Comes,
by Mary Downing Hahn

 The War That Saved My Life,
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Reader Comments:
• Wonderful book!

by Cynthia DeFelice
Reader Comments:
• Fun to read, and a great reading level!
When You Reach Me,
by Rebecca Stead
Reader Comments:
• It was really a mystery, even at the end of the book.
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Reader Comments:
• Very sad, but amazing!  It was really emotional. Amazing!
Who Was Steve Jobs?
by Pamela Pollack
Reader Comments:
• This book is my favorite of all the "Who Is" or "Who Was" books and I enjoy the books!
Wolf Brother,
by Michelle Paver
Reader Comments:
• It is filled with action, survival skills and a wolf!
• A note from Ms. Stuhr: I "second" this person's vote! This is the beginning of one of my favorite series of all times: "The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness."