Required Reading:
Pax--Sarah Pennypacker

Suggested Summer Reading for Students Entering Grade Five:

  • Data; March of the Mini Beasts -- Ada Hopper
  • Gabby Duran and the Unsittables -- Elise Allen
  • Mistakes that Worked -- Charlotte Foltz Jones
  • Real Friends --by Sarah L. Thomson
  • The Eureka Key -- Sarah L. Thomson
  • The Zero Degree Zombie Zone -- Patrick Henry Boss
  • Timmy Failure -- Stephan Pastis
  • Star Thief -- Lindsey Becker
  • Drizzle - Kathleen Van Cleve
  • Zane and the Hurricane - Rodman Philbrick
  • Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
  • Walt Whitman: Words for America – Barbara Kerley
  • Inside Out and Back Again – Thanhha Lai
  • The Elephant Scientist – Donna M. Jackson
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure – Jennifer Thompson
  • Jack Plank Tells Tales – Natalie Babbitt
  • Wild River – P.J. Petersen
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  • The Jungle Book – Rupyard Kipling
  • The Call of the Wild – Jack London
  • Bedknob and Broomstick - Mary Norton
  • Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
  • Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  • Call it Courage – Armstrong Perry
  • The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) – T.H. White
  • Matilda – Roald Dahl
  • Inkheart (Inkworld, #1) – Cornelia Funke
  • Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat – Lynne Jonell
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi
  • Year of Impossible Goodbyes – Sook Nyul Choi
  • Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Midwife’s Apprentice – Karen Cushman
  • Out of the Dust – Karen Hesse



  • This summer one of the books you will be reading is Pax by Sara Pennypacker.

    As you are reading the book, you should take notes on either post-it notes, loose-leaf paper, or a typed document (if written or on a document, you can use bullet points). You should focus on main events, the setting, the characters, and anything else that you make a connection with, have a reaction to, or that you find interesting and/or important. Please attempt 1-3 notations per chapter.

    Bring your book (with the completed notes) with you on the first day of school. You will be assessed by means of a quiz, written responses, and a project of some sort over the course of the first few weeks of school.

    Please also read at least 2 of the recommended books from the suggested reading list above and be prepared to write/tell about them.

    Enjoy and happy reading!! :)

    ~Mrs. Sally