Some popular books for fifth graders include Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet," Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" and Lois Lowry's "Number the Stars." Jerry Spinelli's "Maniac Magee," Cornelia Funke's "Inkheart" and Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins" are a few other popular books for fifth grade readers.
Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time" is a popular classic book for fifth grade readers. This novel, which combines fantasy and science fiction, follows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, children who travel to the planet Uriel and beyond in search of their missing father. Other popular science fiction and fantasy novels for fifth grade readers include Ursula K. LeGuin's "A Wizard of Earthsea" and David Almond's "Skellig."
E.L. Konigsburg's "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is another popular classic, which follows a girl named Claudia and her younger brother Jamie as they run away from home and take up residence in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Konigsburg is also the author of "The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World" and "The View From Saturday," both books that are popular for fifth graders.
"The White Darkness" by Geraldine McCaughrean and "Peak" by Roland Smith are two contemporary adventure stories for fifth-grade readers that are similar in genre and themes to the classic "Hatchet."