Some good books for fifth graders are "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin and the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies is also popular with fifth graders and is the first book in her series of the same name.
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is the story of a young girl's magical journey and her search for wisdom from the Old Man of the Moon. This book has been described by reviewers on Amazon.com as inspiring for young readers and full of teachable moments.
The Boxcar Children series was published in 1990, but is still captivating for today's young people. This series tell the story of the Alden children, four siblings who are orphaned and must fend for themselves, making their home in an empty train car.
"The Lemonade War" is the first book in the Lemonade War series and is about two siblings with very different skills. The book explores relationships and ethics, and it serves as an introduction to marketing and finance. The story offers important life lessons, but these lessons are placed in situations that are easily understood by fifth graders. Other books the series include "The Lemonade Crime" and "The Bell Bandit."