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Good Fiction for Kids in Grades 4 and 5

These can be found in J (children's) fiction and/or J paperback. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Avi Poppy    (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.)
Clements Frindle    (Clever Nick invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.)
Collins Gregor the Overlander    (Pulled into an underground world, Gregor and his sister trigger an epic battle while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.)
Cooper The Boggart    (After visiting a castle in Scotland, Emily finds that she has brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit.)
Coy Top 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.)
Curtis Bud, 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.)
DiCamillo Because 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.)
Gidwitz A Tale Dark and Grimm    (Hansel and Gretel walk out of their story and into more tales, encountering wicked creatures, along with helpful folk. )
Gilson Thirteen 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.)
Grabenstein Riley 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.)
King-Smith Babe: 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.)
Klise Regarding 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.)
Lai Inside Out and Back Again    (Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles 1975, when her family leaves Vietnam and resettles in Alabama.)
Levine Ella Enchanted    (Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.)
Lowry Number the Stars    (During the German occupation of Denmark, Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.)
Martin The 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.)
O'Brien Mrs. 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.)
Paterson Bridge to Terabithia    (A boy becomes friends with a newcomer, and they build an imaginary kingdom. Then tragedy strikes.)
Roberts The Girl with the Silver Eyes    (A girl discovers that she not only has unusual powers but that there are others like her.)
Rodgers Freaky Friday    (Thirteen-year-old Annabel gains an understanding of her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.)
Selznick Wonderstruck    (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.)
Spinelli Loser    (Even though his classmates consider him strange, Daniel's optimism and the support of his family allow him to persevere.)
Woods The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond    (A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.)
Yee Millicent Min, Girl Genius    (A child prodigy struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends.)

Last Updated: 4/15

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