Some good examples of books for fifth graders include classic young adult novels such as Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland," Roald Dahl's children's stories (such as "The BFG" and "James and the Giant Peach"), and Madeleine L'Engle's 1960s series "Time Quintet" that includes the popular book "A Wrinkle in Time."
Since not all fifth graders read at the same level, the books that they read can vary in difficulty. While certain books are traditionally found on fifth grade reading lists, a more accurate measure of determining appropriate reading material may be an individual's Lexile measure, which is an educational tool that matches a student's skill level to appropriate texts.
Fifth grade common core standards in language arts aim for students to be able to identify a theme, to compare and contrast characters or settings, and to determine the meaning of figurative language. Literary works that challenge children to do these things while offering an intriguing story or topic are ideal to meet standards of development for this age group.
Goodreads.com offers an expansive list of popular user recommendations for this age group.