Chariho Middle School Suggested Summer Reading 2014 - Entering Grade 5

Students are required to read at least two books over the summer at their independent reading level. Students are not required to read a book from the suggested reading list below. Students are required to complete two projects,  one for each of the books they have read. Projects must include items from a checklist.



Students who complete all the requirements will be able to take part in the summer reading celebration for fifth grade, “Munch a Bunch of Books”. This is a reading activity where students enjoy snacks and silent reading time with their friends. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite books to read, snacks to eat, and pillows or blankets to sit on. Parents are welcome to join students in snacks and reading!


Books can be borrowed from a local library or purchased from a book store. To find out what books are available through public libraries search the CLAN system. For tips on summer reading check out Summer Reading Tips and Resources published by the American Library Association.

CMS Entering 5th Grade Suggested Summer Reading List -2014

RL = Reading Level by Grade
Fic = Fiction
NFic = Non-Fiction

Students who read at least five of the nominees for Rhode Island Children’s Book Award can participate in Rooster Games. Rooster Games are an all day event for fifth and sixth grade. Books which are nominees that are read during the summer count towards the five required to play.

Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominees 2015 (Rooster Game Books):

Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack RL3.0 Fic When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home.

Bats: Biggest!  Littlest! by S. Markle  RL 4.0 NFic Describes the characteristics of bats of varying sizes and explains how their unique features and sizes help them survive in the wild. Features color photographs throughout.

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by B. Harley  RL 3.0 Fic Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.

Doll Bones by  H. Black RL 5.0 Fic Zach, Poppy, and Alice cannot remember a time before they began playing their now years-long make-believe game involving pirates, thieves, warriors, and mermaids.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by C. Grabenstein RL 4.0 Fic  This book centers on 12-year-old Kyle Keeley, whose winning essay lands him a spot at an overnight lock-in at Alexandriaville's new library. The library has been designed by Kyle's hero, the famous gamemaker, Luigi Lemoncello, and contains an assortment of technological gadgets that is bound to enthrall Kyle, who loves all kinds of games.

Gaby, Lost and Found by A. Cervantes RL 4.0 Fic Gaby Ramirez Howard works at the animal shelter, writing adoption advertisements to help nice animals find amazing homes. She feels like she ought to write one for herself now that her mother has been deported to Honduras. With no place to turn Gaby throws herself into school and her work, loving the attention she gets from one cat at the shelter named Feather. .

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse  by  T. Wissinger RL 2.0 Fic  Nine-year-old Sam can't wait to go fishing with his dad, until he learns that his annoying little sister, Lucy, will be accompanying them on their special trip. Not only does Lucy pack non-essentials in Sam's tackle box, she starts singing and catching fish first!

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by N. Marino RL 4.0 Fic Eleven-year-old Elvis Ruby was a shoe-in to win this season of the TweenStar reality show, which tests the mettle of the nation's best up-and-coming musicians. During his final performance, however, Elvis freezes up and bombs his performance, creating a media frenzy that necessitates a move to his aunt's in New Jersey's Pinelands.  

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by J. Chin RL 5.0 NFic Scientific details combine with luminescent watercolor illustrations to introduce young readers to the Galápagos Islands. The book traces how life on the island began, changed over time, declined and ultimately re-emerged. Concluding with an explanation of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and additional resources, this is a "superb contribution to scientific literature...." (KIRK).

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by C. Mills RL 4.0 Fic Third-grader Kelsey Kline is determined to win the top reader award and lead her class to victory in the school-wide reading contest, but she struggles to deal with friends and classmates who don't want to participate and with know-it-all Simon Ellis, a good reader who may be lying about how many books he's read.

Legend of the Ghost Dog by E. Kimmel RL 4.0 Fic Twelve-year-old Tee and her beagle, Henry, feel stalked by a ghostly animal when they go for walks in the Alaskan wilderness. Tee convinces her friend Quin to help her and Henry gather evidence of this legendary phantom and unravel the mystery surrounding it.

Mountain Dog by M. Engle RL 5.0 Fic When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, 11-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this new home, a full reversal from the bustling city he is used to, Tony begins to learn about the wilderness and the types of jobs his great-uncle performs. Even more importantly, Tony is introduced to Gabe, a chocolate Lab who serves as a search-and-rescue dog.

Navigating Early by C. Vanderpool RL 5.0  Fic After his mother's death, 13-year-old Jack is sent to a Maine boarding school where he meets an odd student named Early Auden. Early is fascinated with the number pi, and believes Pi is, in fact, a boy in the midst of a wonderful journey - who is also in danger. When Jack decides to help Early "rescue" Pi, the pair set off on an adventure.

Nelson Mandela by K. Nelson RL 4.0 NFic Author/illustrator Nelson illuminates the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela, the legendary face of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Nelson begins with Mandela's childhood, illuminating his rambunctious personality and the events that preceded his transformation into a civil rights pioneer.

Odessa Again  by D. Reindhardt RL4.0 Fic When nine-year-old Odessa Green-Light stomps out her frustration at being sent to her room after shoving her annoying little brother, one particularly big stomp sends Odessa flying through the floorboards and mysteriously twenty-four hours back in time.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin  by L. Shurtiffe RL 4.0 Fic All his life, 12-year-old Rump has been teased because of his name. Before she died, his mother was only able to utter a single syllable, preventing Rump from discovering the true extent of his identity. Adding to Rump's unusual situation is a peculiar ability to spin straw into gold; although this at first seems like a priceless talent, Rump quickly realizes it is actually a curse, for he must accept whatever people are willing to offer him for his services.

Wild Born by B. Mull RL 4.0 Fic Four children--Conor, Rollan, Meilin, and Abeke--discover that they have one of four spirit animals--leopard, panda, wolf, or falcon. With their spirit animals the children and animals both are given great powers. With those powers comes a quest to stop an ancient and dark power from returning to the world of Erdas.

The Fourteen Fibs of Gregory K. by G. Pincus RL 5.0 Fic Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton is an eleven-year-old boy who likes to write stories and poems and is not excited by math, but he has a problem--he is the middle child in a family of math geniuses and his father expects him to participate in the City Math contest. .

The Blessing Cup by P. Placco  RL 4.0 Fic Polacco chronicles her great-grandmother Anna's emigration to America after the czar's soldiers forced Anna's family out of Russia. On their journey, the family brings only a few possessions, including a cherished tea set. A single fragile cup survives the move, but it helps keep the family together, bonded by a special wish that "Anyone who drinks from it has a blessing from God."

The Mighty Miss Malone by C. Curtis RL 4.0 Fic Living in Gary, Indiana, the Malone family barely survives the economic hardships brought on by the Great Depression and their dark skin color. Deza takes pride in her position as the top student at her school, but the strong connection between her family allows them all to gather strength as they whether this storm.

The rest of the books on this list are not Rooster Game Books!

Graphic Novel (Look on Tumblebook Cloud which has a link below for graphic novel eBooks):

Warriors;The Rise of Scourge by D. Jolley  RL 5.1 Fic When kittypet Tiny crosses paths with some wild forest cats defending their territory, he is left with scars and a bitter, deep-seated grudge.

 Nonfiction Book:(Also look on the eBook k-8 Collection which has a link below):

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain by N. Bishop RL 5.0 Nfic This volume follows the journey of scientist Tom McCarthy,  as he sets off with photographer Nic Bishop and author Montgomery to Mongolia to learn more about the elusive snow leopard .


  Challenge Books—For Students Looking for a More Difficult Book:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by L. Carroll RL 6.1 Fic A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters. (Available on Tumblebook Cloud)
Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson by. J. Ferris RL 6.4 NFic After many years of being denied recognition as the co-discoverer of the North Pole, Henson is being accorded his rightful place in history.

  eBooks as an option:

CMS subscribes to Tumblebook Cloud (eBooks). All of the eBooks available through Tumblebook Cloud can be read for summer reading. Please connect to Tumblebook Cloud via the eBooks link under the “Research “column on the CMS Library Media Center page. Look for the purple Tumblereadables link posted at the top of the eBook page. Please check your device for compatibility as these books may not play on all devices. Caution: Some of these books contain mature content!

CMS also subscribes to an K-8 eBook  Collection. This database includes both fiction and nonfiction books. To access this database go to the  CMS media center webpage. Under the “Research” column click on “eBooks”.  Find the link for the  K-8 eBook Collection. There is a “Help” link near the top right hand corner with a link for eBooks if you are unsure how to work with an eBook.   Please check your device for compatibility as these books may not play on all devices.  Caution: Some of these books contain mature content! Username and password information for accessing this database are on summer reading brochures. 


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