Montrose School

Suggested Books for Year 5


An amazing choice of books is available for this age group.  Not all children will feel able to tackle these independently so like has been said on the previous year group pages, read together.  Your enjoyment of the book is important to motivate your child to read further.  Most children will be able to read for 30 minutes in a quiet, distraction free environment i.e. without the TV on.  Again you asking them questions is vital to check their understanding of what they are reading.

If you feel these books are too hard for your child then the books from year 4 and 3 are still equally of value to them.  It is essential that what they are reading is appropriately challenging i.e. they can read 95/100 words correctly.  If they are getting too many words wrong then they will lose understanding and feel demotivated.

Please see you child's teacher for more advice if you need to.

Water Wings

Morris Gleitzman


Morris Gleitzman

Belly Flop

Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi

Rumer Godden


Anthony Horowitz

Walter and Me

Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe

Michael Morpurgo

Mister Monday

Garth Nix


Andrew Norris

Harry and the Wrinklies

Alan Temperley

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Jacqueline Wilson

Double Act

Jacqueline Wilson

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke

Journey To Jo’burg

Beverly Naidoo

Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

The Owl Service

Alan Garner

Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

Watership Down

Richard Adams

The Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K Le Guin

Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson-Burnett

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Anne of Green Gables

L M Montgomery

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Louis Sachar

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar

Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson

The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo

Harry Potter series

J K Rowling

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