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Summer Reading: Rising Fifth Grade


Requirements: (total of 4 books)

  • Boy of the Painted Cave by Justin Denzel
  • Two books from this list.
  • One book of choice.


For each of the four books read, the student must complete a form which will ask students their opinions about characters and plot points and also ask them to deconstruct each book by its story elements. There is a different form for fiction and nonfiction books. Students will need to bring these forms on the first day of school. Forms can be found below. 

Suggested Resources for Spanish Review

For new students entering fifth grade, Senora Hermosilla recommends:

Historical Fiction



Classics/Modern Classics

Realistic (Contemporary) Fiction

Short Stories/Story Collections

Fiction Based on Mythology

Myth-O-Mania Series:

Have a Hot Time, Hades! (#1)  9781434234377

Phone Home, Persephone! (#2)  9781434234360

Say Cheese, Medusa! (#3)  9781434234421

Nice Shot, Cupid! (#4) 9781434234353

Stop the Bull, Theseus! (#5)  9781434234384

Keep a Lid on It, Pandora! (#6) 9781434234391

Get to Work, Hercules! (#7)  9781434234407

Go for the Gold, Atalanta! (#8) 9781434234414

Hit the Road, Helen! (#9) 9781434293046

Get Lost, Odysseus! (#10)  9781434291936


Science Fiction/Fantasy


Traditional Stories

Books in Verse