Lower School Summer Reading

Grades 4–5 Summer Reading Assignment
Over the summer, we want you to read something you’ll enjoy. Our book lists include many titles recommended by teachers and librarians, including several books that have won awards!

You may choose to read up a level but not down. (For example, an incoming 4th grader may read books at the 4th grade level or higher.)

Each book includes a Lexile score and, whenever possible, a Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) guided reading level.

Click here for more information on your summer reading assignment. The document also contains a printable graphic organizer to help you take notes as you read.

Learn more about books you may like to read by clicking the link for your grade below.
Grade 4 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 4 printable book list
Grade 5 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 5 printable book list

JK–3 Summer Reading Option
Students entering JK–3rd grade can join the reading fun, too! Click here for more information on the reading option.

If you have questions about the summer reading program, contact the Help Desk at (954) 262-4527.

Beyond the Bright Sea

beyond the bright sea.jpgBeyond the Bright Sea
Author: Lauren Wolk
Grade: 5
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 770

The moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family. 

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

Pages: 320

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Beautiful Blue World

beautiful blue world.jpgBeautiful Blue World
Author: Suzanne LaFleur
Grade: 5
F&P Level: Z
Lexile: 540

Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.

Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.

But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

This touching and suspenseful novel is a brilliant reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.

Pages: 240

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The Wolf’s Boy

wolf's boy.jpgThe Wolf’s Boy
Author: Susan Williams Beckhorn
Grade: 5
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 570

An outcast boy and a young wolf against an Ice Age winter . . . 

Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a clubfoot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter’s sacred weapons.

Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to his true friends, the yellow wolves, for companionship. They have not forgotten the young human they nurtured as an abandoned infant. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her, bringing her back to live with him.

But as winter draws near, Kai’s wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People. When the worst happens, Kai knows that they must leave for good. Together, they embark on a journey into the northa place of unimaginable dangerthat tests the power of friendship and the will to survive.

Award-winning author Susan Williams Beckhorn delivers a powerful tale set in Paleolithic times. Inspired by modern discoveries, Susan’s careful research creates a vivid picture of a time when the first wolves came to live with humans and forged a bond that lives on to this day.

Pages: 240

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The Wild Robot

wild robotThe Wild Robot
Author: Peter Brown
Grade: 4
F&P Level: R
Lexile: 740

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.
Pages: 288
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A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book

whole new ballgame.jpgA Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book
Author: Phil Bildner
Grade: 5
F&P Level: T
Lexile: 540

Fifth grade is one crazy ride in this middle grade novel about two best friends.

Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn’t believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more “off” the better. And guess who’s also their new basketball coach? Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other―and find ways to make a difference―in the classroom and on the court.

With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship.

Pages: 272

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The Warden’s Daughter

warden's daughterThe Warden’s Daughter
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Grade: 5
F&P Level: X
Lexile: 550

Cammie O’Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison—not as a prisoner, she’s the warden’s daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women’s exercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.

But even though Cammie’s free to leave the prison, she’s still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn’t think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she’s willing to work with what she’s got.

Pages: 352

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Tumble & Blue

tumble and blueTumble & Blue
Author: Cassie Beasley
Grade: 5
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 680

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.

But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones.

Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.

But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

Full of friendship, family, and the everyday magic and adventure that readers of Savvy and A Snicker of Magic love, Cassie Beasley’s newest middle grade book is another crowd-pleasing heart-warmer—perfect for reading by yourself, or sharing with someone you love.

Pages: 400

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

truth as told by mb.jpgThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Author: Leslie Connor
Grade: 5
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 310

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.

But will anyone believe him?

Pages: 336

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