Need book series recommendation for 5th grade niece.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:00:53 AM
My niece has a birthday coming up. She is in 5th grade in an accelerated program and reads at an 8th grade level. She likes to read books in a series. Right now she is reading the Wizard of Oz books, but she is not big into other areas of fantasy like dragons. All my children are adults now and I have no idea what is out there for this age group. I would appreciate any recommendations.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:14:10 AM
My niece likes the Theodore Boone books by John Grisham. They are straight mystery.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:31:07 AM
My fifth graders are loving the John Grisham books as well.

My girls are devouring the Series of Unfortunate Events.

How about an author instead of a series? Natalie Babbitt. My girls fight over her books.

One I love, not a series, but worth the read...Wonder.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:45:03 AM
Hunger Games

Chronicles of Narnia

Percy Jackson


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:28:46 AM
Sarah Dessen

My daughter started reading her books in 7th/8th grade. I think she has the entire collection now.

Meg Cabot was another of her favorite.

They had to read the City of Ember, People of Sparks and the related books somewhere in 5th/6th as well. I remember being intrigued because my non-reader son wouldn't put down the books; so I read them too. My daughter enjoyed them, although she wouldn't admit it to her brother.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:36:52 AM
No suggestions, but hoping to get some. My 5th grade daughter reads at a 7th - 8th grade level and it is so hard to find books that are advanced in level but subject matter appropriate for a 10 year old.

Not a series, but she really liked Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I also like the subject matter.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:37:22 AM
My daughter read and loved the Anne of Green Gables series at that age. She also enjoyed Cynthia Voight's series about the Tillerman family. The first two books are Homecoming and Dicey's Song. They are excellent books.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:47:00 AM
Looking into these now. She's already read the Hunger Games series with her mother and older brother and loved them. She read the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia and didn't really get into it.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:25:19 AM
The Fablehaven series is very popular with my daughter and her friends. She also likes the birthday series books by Wendy Mass for a quick and easy read.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:31:51 AM
I'd second the Anne of Green Gables series. Classic and wonderful!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:37:26 AM
All of the Percy Jackson books are huge hits with DSs friends. They've been reading them since elementary school and they're in high school now and still love them.

Also, the Beautiful Creatures series. The Sisters Grimm.
Lord of the Rings series.
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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:46:07 AM
My 5th grader just finished "Storybound" by Marissa Burt. She can't wait for the sequel this spring. She is in the middle of "The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom" by Christopher Healy now, and is enjoying it as well.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:48:51 AM
My daughter is an advanced reader, too, and it's challenging to find books that are suitable for her age, yet challenging.

The last series she really loved was The Penderwicks. It's a trilogy, and I think this is the first one

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She also loved

The Mysterious Benedict Society

She's waiting on the new one for this series

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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:56:07 AM

My DD has the same challenge. She is a 4th grader, but she tests at a college level in reading (and only in reading). It is a real challenge finding books with story lines she enjoys that she doesn't devour in an hour. James Patterson has several kids series now that are apparently very good.

Has your niece read the Harry Potter series yet? Alison really enjoyed a Series of Unfortunate Events (and as a bonus, they are old enough that the library will have them), and there is a new Lemony Snicket book that she liked. She read the Percy Jackson series last year and really got into mythology after that.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:23:45 AM
My DD is in 7th grade and loves the Rick Riordan series. They are based on Greek and Egyptian mythology.

ETA-these are the Percy Jackson books that Delphinium mentioned (the Greek myth ones).

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:41:42 AM
My sisters enjoyed The Uglies Series - kind of a utopian/dystopian society book. My son (8th grade) liked the Barcode Tattoos series - if she liked the Hunger Games, she may likes these ones. He just started The Maze Runner series - both this and Barcode were recommended to him by his reading teachers since he enjoyed the Hunger Games so much.

DD is a bit younger but has enjoyed the Dear Diaries series, all though this may a bit below her reading level - but they are funny and an easy read. Another easy read for her that my DS is also really into is the Diary of A Wimpy kid books.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:32:15 PM
Little House in the Big Woods series? I loved that when I was at that age. I had the same problem with finding books that captured my interest because I was reading so far above my grade level.

Dear, America is a good series, too. It's historical fiction.

I would steer clear of Sarah Dessen for someone your DDs age. It's a lot of relationship/teenage stuff that IDK is necessarily appropriate for that age group.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:48:18 PM
I have a 4th grade daughter and a 6th grade daughter and they both absolutely love Erin Hunter's series about Cat Warriors... in fact, they are obsessed with them!!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:50:27 PM
Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. The books start out shorter and easy to read, but the reading level quickly progresses as the characters age. Historical fiction, classics.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:51:22 PM
Have a look at Michael Morpurgo- he wrote War Horse which was recently turned into a film.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:59:13 PM
My daughter is obsessed with the Warriors series by Erin Hunter as well. There are a lot of series in the series and she rereads them like crazy. It's been over two years and I can't get her to read much else.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:15:55 PM
Julee -- so funny! My oldest keeps notebooks filled with warrior information ... and geneologies for days!! She cracks me up! We got to meet one of the Erin Hunter authors a few months ago...she was over the moon!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:36:10 PM

I have a 4th grade daughter and a 6th grade daughter and they both absolutely love Erin Hunter's series about Cat Warriors... in fact, they are obsessed with them!!

For those whose children are into WarriorCats, my 5th grader was, too for a while. I had read the 'teasers' and found them okay, but when you open the book and start reading - well - IMHO they're pretty suggestive in spots. There are a lot of passages that have to do with things like 'longing' and 'stroking soft, quivering fur' in places.

Thankfully that was right about the time that my DD tired of them, but I wish I'd read through a few chapters when she first got hooked. (She did rack up quite a few AR points in school, though - LOL)

Others may read them and disagree or think that it's just my perverted mind, but I assure you that those spots are there and that I don't want my virginal 10yo reading much more of it. JMHO/FWIW.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:43:45 PM
She's at a great age to enjoy the Newbery winner and honor books. They generally aren't in a series, but they are always good reads.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:00:03 PM
I loved the Percy Jackson series. There are also three books that include Roman mythology and a series set in Egypt (I haven't read much of the Egypt ones)

Magaret Haddix or something (definately Haddix, not sure about Margaret) writes a couple of different series. One starts with the book Found and is the Missing Children series. There is also one called the Shadow Children Series.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:57:59 PM
Another vote for Anne of Green Gables.
any of Madeleine L'Engle's books.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 2:56:31 AM
For dragons does she have

Eragon, eldest, inheritance and and one other in series. Christopher paolini I think is the author

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Posted: 2/12/2013 3:15:04 AM
madeline l'engle, of course. maybe the wheel of time series? the golden compass? not sure if that's too fantasy.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:31:32 AM
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Sally Lockhart Mysteries (I think the first is called The Ruby In The Smoke - it's a four-part series by Philip Pulman. I didn't like The Golden Compass or His Dark Materials, but I did like Sally Lockhart).

What Katy Did, (Did Next, Did at School) if she likes classics. Little Women (Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys - lots of people forget the story doesn't end with Little Women!)

I second Percy Jackson, and add The Heroes of Olympus (Greek/Roman cross over). Agree with others that while I liked The Kane Chronicles (The Egyptian ones) they weren't as hook worthy.

Michael Morpurgo is great - My Friend Walter is one of my favourites (but I like far fetched historical fiction) - be aware many of his book have sad parts.

Jacqueline Wilson is another British Author who was children's laureate. Be aware that her books usually have some serious themes (divorce in Clean Break, abuse in Lola Rose, neglect in Keeping Secrets.) Nothing graphic, and all told using a solid storylines.

I also loved Tamora peirce's Song Of The Lioness quartet, but I was a bit older when I read that. They were on the 9-12 book shelf, but I remember thinking 9 was too young to read them when I was about 14 and my cousin asked.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:30:28 AM
Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. I enjoyed it, too.

My daughter is 5th grade and reads at HS level, so we're always on the hunt for appropriate things for her to read.

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