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Year 5



Year 5 Recommended Book List

Fiction, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and picture books for year 5

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Casting the Gods Adrift by Geraldine McCaughrean (group set, 7 books)

A thriller set in ancient Egypt between 1351-1354 BC. Tutmose and Ibrim's father, the animal dealer, is commanded by the new pharaoh Akhenaten, to bring him animals - lots of... Read more


Comedy, History and Tragedy, The of William Shakespeare (group set, 7 books)

Award-winning, beautifully illustrated introduction to William Shakespeare for children; celebrating his life, his most famous plays and the time in which he lived. Vividly brings to life Shakespeare's school days... Read more


Coraline by Neil Gaiman (group set, 7 books)

When Coraline moves to a new house she is fascinated by the fact that their house is in fact only half a house. Divided into flats years before, the other... Read more


Explorer, The by Katherine Rundell (class set, 30 books)

Winner of the Children's Book Prize Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Winner of the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop... Read more


Explorer, The by Katherine Rundell (group set, 7 books)

Winner of the Children's Book Prize Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Winner of the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop... Read more


Explorer, The by Katherine Rundell (half class set, 15 books)

Winner of the Children's Book Prize Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Winner of the London Book Fair Children's Travel Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop... Read more


Eye of the Wolf, The by Daniel Pennac (group set, 7 books)

A classic essential with a new foreword by Michael Morpurgo The wolf has lost nearly everything on his journey to the zoo, including an eye and his beloved pack. The... Read more


Famous Adventures of Jack, The by Berlie Doherty (group set, 7 books)

Jill finds herself in a story-world of magicians and dragons and floating castles, apples of immortality and the most gruesome giant of all time. She meets Old Feller Storyteller, with... Read more


FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith (group set, 7 books)

When a father who dreams of flying goes off to war and does not return, his son decides to make the dream come true. Grahame Baker-Smith’s moving story, with stunning... Read more


Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (group set, 7 books)

In an England covered by water, Zoe lives alone in the island of Norwich, lost by her parents in the rush to escape. Desperate to survive the marauding gangs, she... Read more


From Hereabout Hill by Michael Morpurgo (group set, 7 books)

A spell-binding collection of short stories from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Explore friendship, love, revenge, life and death in the pages of From Hereabout Hill Included in this collection of... Read more


Grimm Tales (group set, 7 books)

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a'clear as water' retelling,... Read more


Hot Like Fire by Valerie Bloom (group set, 7 books)

When de July sun hot like fire, Den I have jus' one desire, To run down to de shop an' buy a Kisko pop. The World Is Sweet and Hot... Read more


Kick by Mitch Johnson (group set, 7 books)

Budi's plan is simple. He's going to be a star. Budi's going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football... Read more


Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister (group set, 7 books)

Wanting to prove to his brothers and sister that magic really exists, Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. Filled with... Read more


Murderer's Ape, The by Jakob Wegelius (group set, 7 books)

Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything.... Read more


My Place by Nadia Wheatley, Donna Rawlins (group set, 7 books)

My Place traces the history of one small part of Australia and the people who have lived there, from the Dreaming until the present day. As time folds rhythmically backwards,... Read more


Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant (group set, 7 books)

AJ's grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents... Read more


Sensational by Roger McGough (group set, 7 books)

Roger McGough has drawn together a stunning collection of poems inspired by the five senses. Gems from the very best classic and contemporary poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Ian... Read more


Shackleton's Journey by William Grill (group set, 7 copies)

In the last days of the Heroic Age of Exploration, Ernest Shackleton dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold.... Read more


Silver Donkey, The by Sonya Hartnett (year 5 group pack, 7 books)

This is an inspirational illustrated novel for younger readers from one of Australia's foremost children's writers and recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award. .One morning in the woods of... Read more


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (group set, 7 books)

The classic Arthurian legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team.Of all the tales of the Knights of the Round Table, the story of Sir Gawain and the Green... Read more


Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis (group set, 7 books)

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home: the wildness, the freedom, the peace. But since his father died, everything has changed, and the moors are no longer a... Read more


Tales from India by Bali Rai (group set, 7 books)

A collection of 20 stories from India's rich folklore heritage. From wicked magicians to wise old priests, charming princes and beautiful princesses, to greedy tigers and wily jackals, these magical... Read more


Tales from the Caribbean by Trish Cooke (group set, 7 books)

A collection of favourite tales gathered from the many different islands of the Caribbean, one of the world's richest sources of traditional storytelling. From the very first Kingfisher to Anansi... Read more


The Journey ( group set, 7 books)

A haunting echo of today, this beautiful book explores the unimaginable decision to abandon home in the face of war. picture book striking illustration thought provoking themes, refugees, asylum seekers Read more


Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne (group set, 7 books)

Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores many of... Read more


Wild Robot, The by Peter Brown (group set, 7 books)

'An engaging tale that explores many important themes. We can only hope that Roz serves as the template for all future robots. Peter Brown's illustrations are as marvellous as ever!'... Read more


William Shakespeare by Mick Manning (group set, 7 books)

The life of William Shakespeare is vividly depicted, from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, childhood and schooldays, through apprenticeship at his father' s glove-making shop, his marriage to Anne... Read more


Zoo by Anthony Browne (group set, 7 books)

Dad, mum and two brothers spend a day at the zoo, looking at the animals in the cages - or is it the animals that are looking at them? Could... Read more