Good Fiction for Kids in Grades 4 and 5

These can be found in J (children's) fiction, in paperback and hardcover. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
Poppy the mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all, but a terrifying owl has other ideas. (146 pp.)
J Avi
Clever Nick invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. (105 pp.)
J Clements
CollinsGregor the Overlander
Pulled into an underground world, Gregor and his sister trigger an epic battle while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. (311 pp.)
J Collins
CooperThe Boggart
After visiting a castle in Scotland, Emily finds that she has brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit. (196 pp.)
J Cooper
CoyTop of the Order
Jackson loves baseball but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother's new boyfriend, and a girl on his team. (182 pp.)
J Coy
CurtisBud, Not Buddy
During the Great Depression, Bud escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father. (245 pp.)
J Curtis
DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
India Opal Buloni describes her summer and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog, Winn-Dixie. (182 pp.)
J DiCamillo
GidwitzA Tale Dark and Grimm
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their story and into more tales, encountering wicked creatures, along with helpful folk. (256 pp.)
J Gidwitz
GilsonThirteen Ways to Sink a Sub
The boys and girls in the fourth grade devise a contest to "sink" their substitute teacher by making her cry. (103 pp.)
J Gilson
GrabensteinRiley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers
Riley and his friends outwit the school bully, solve the mystery of who stole Poodle the goldendoodle, and help catch bank robbers. (305 pp.)
J Grabenstein
King-SmithBabe: The Gallant Pig
A piglet destined for butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success. (118 pp.)
J King-Smith
KliseRegarding the Fountain
When the principal asks a fifth grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain, all sorts of chaos results. (138 pp.)
J Klise
LaiInside Out and Back Again
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles 1975, when her family leaves Vietnam and resettles in Alabama. (262 pp.)
J Lai
LevineElla Enchanted
Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. (232 pp.)
J Levine
LowryNumber the Stars
During the German occupation of Denmark, Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. (137 pp.)
J Lowry
MartinThe Doll People
A family of dolls that has lived in the same house for 100 years is shocked when a new family of plastic dolls doesn't follow the rules. (256 pp.)
J Martin
O'BrienMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Seeking help, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. (233 pp.)
J O'Brien
PatersonBridge to Terabithia
A boy becomes friends with a newcomer, and they build an imaginary kingdom. Then tragedy strikes. (128 pp.)
J Paterson
RobertsThe Girl with the Silver Eyes
A girl discovers that she not only has unusual powers but that there are others like her. (181 pp.)
J Roberts
RodgersFreaky Friday
Thirteen-year-old Annabel gains an understanding of her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body. (145 pp.)
J Rodgers
Fifty years apart, Rose and Ben run away from home. They connect in New York City. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures. (637 pp.)
J Selznick
Even though his classmates consider him strange, Daniel's optimism and the support of his family allow him to persevere. (218 pp.)
J Spinelli
WoodsThe Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. (222 pp.)
J Woods
YeeMillicent Min, Girl Genius
A child prodigy struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends. (248 pp.)
J Yee

Last Updated: 7/17


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