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Here are the books recommended for year 5.
  • Beowulf (Morpurgo)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • Clockwork
  • Matilda
  • Clarice Bean
  • Please, Mrs Butler
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Wonder
  • Krindlekrax
  • What’s their story? series (biographies by Oxford)
  • Picture books: Way Home
  • The Princess’ Blankets
  • Flotsam (no text: inference and plot through pictures)
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
  • Dear Olly – Michael Morpurgo
  • Heartbeat – Sharon Creech
  • Granny Torrelli Makes Soup – Sharon Creech
  • Love That Dog – Sharon Creech
  • Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice – Joan Aiken
  • A Handful of Gold – Joan Aiken
  • A Harp of Fishbones – Joan Aiken
  • The Winter Sleepwalker – Joan Aiken
  • The Dead Letter Box – Jan Mark
  • Nothing to Be Afraid of – Jan Mark
  • Taking the Cat’s Way Home – Jan Mark
  • Thunder & Lightenings – Jan Mark
  • Outcast – Michelle Paver
  • Robin of Sherwood – Michael Morpurgo
  • The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Philip Pullman
  • Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady – Selina Hastings
  • Storm Boy – Paul Owen Lewis
  • Myths and Legends – Anthony Horowitz
  • Arion and the Dolphin – Vikram Seth
  • Abela – Bertie Doherty
  • Life on the Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuipers
  • Journey to Jo’burg – Beverley Naidoo
  • The Other Side of Truth – Beverley Naidoo
  • The Day of Ahmed’s Secret – Florence Parry-Heide
  • Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • Beowulf – Michael Morpurgo
  • Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  • The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler – Gene Kemp
  • Charlotte’s Webb – E.B. White
  • Stig of the Dump – Clive King
  • Dancing with Danger and Other Plays – Mike Gould
  • Learn to play guitar – Louisa Somerville
  • Wartime Cookbook: Food & Recipes from the Second World War
  • You Can Make Your Own Book! – Paul Johnsom
  • Pop-O-Mania: How to Create Your Own Pop-Ups – Barbara Valenta
  • The Young Ice Skater – Peter Morrisssey
  • Children’s Quick and Easy Cookbook – Angela Wilkes
  • War Game – Michael Foreman
  • Ship – David Macauley
  • Castle Diary – Richard Platt
  • Linnea in Monet’s Garden – Christina Bjork
  • Fantastic Football Poems – John Foster
  • The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry – Brain Patten
  • Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Gaby Morgan
  • Read Me: A Poem for Every Day of the Year – The Owl & the Pussy Cat – Gaby Morgan
  • You Wait Till I’m Older Than You! Chocolate Cake – Michael Rosen
  • The Works – a selection of poems – Paul Cookson
  • Laughter Is An Egg – John Agard
  • The Frog Who Thought She Was An Opera Singer – Jackie Kay
  • Bad, Bad Cats – Roger McGough
  • Talking Turkeys – Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All – Maya Angelou