PPS Books for Relaxing Reading, Grades 3-5, Authors A-G
This is the summer reading list for grades 3-5 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
In Pittsburgh in 1933, sixth-grader Mike Costa notices a connection between several strange occurrences, but the only way he can find out the truth about what's happening is to be nice to the class bully. Includes historical facts.
Ivy & Bean
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One
Revisits the sometimes challenging relationship between a six-year-old (The Pain) and his eight-year-old sister (The Great One) through seven chapters featuring such events as learning to ride a bicycle, having a birthday party, and dog-sitting. (Ask your librarian for other titles by Judy Blume.)
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest. (Ask your librarian for other suggestions by Andrew Clements.)
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. (If you enjoy this book, ask your librarian for suggestions of more books that you might enjoy by Eoin Colfer.)
Love That Dog
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Bud, not Buddy
Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in the1930s, has the idea that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father. Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died %u2013 Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. Being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into %u201Cbusting slob%u201D with a real live girl.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Trustworthy, kind and poor Charlie Bucket, the hero of the story, has amazing adventures in a chocolate factory. He is joined there by greedy Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde, and TV-addict Mike Teavee. (If you enjoy reading this, ask your librarian to help you find more great books by Roald Dahl.)
The Magician's Elephant
Ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day who tells him that his sister, who he thought to be dead, is in fact alive. Peter goes on remarkable adventures as he desperately tries to find her. (Ask your librarian for other great titles by Kate DiCamillo.)
The London Eye Mystery
A boy boards the London Eye, but half an hour later when it lands, he is not on it. His two young cousins work on solving the bizarre mystery of his disappearance.
Sassy : Little Sister is Not My Name
Sassy does not like being the smallest student in her fourth-grade class, until a family emergency calls for a pint-sized hero.
How to Be Cool in the Third Grade
Robbie makes a list as to how he can become cool in the 3rd grade and attempts to be able to accomplish each thing on his list. It is both humorous and realistic.
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them. (Ask your librarian for other titles by Nancy Farmer.)
The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Ten-year-old Queen, a spoiled and conceited African American girl who is disliked by most of her classmates, learns a lesson about friendship from an unlikely "knight in shining armor."
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost
Hetty Hyssop and her assistant ghosthunters travel to a seaside hotel to investigate the appearance of one of the most dangerous ghosts in the world.
When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.
Jackie Robinson experienced a great deal of racial prejudice when he became the first black player in Major League baseball by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Teammates also depicts the acceptance and support that Jackie Robinson received from his white teammate, Pee Wee Reese.
The Homework Machine
Four fifth-grade students--a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.