Fifth through Eighth Grade

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Children ready for these books will enjoy the ones from the previous list as well, but these are more complex. Some of these would be classified as "Young Adult", some not, but they are all content, rather than adolescent-relationship, oriented.

Fifth through Eighth Grade
     Science Fiction and Fantasy
     People and Places
     Historical Fiction and Adventure

Science Fiction/Fantasy:
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Westmark series by Lloyd Alexander
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The White Mountains, Tripod Series by John Christopher
Pinocchio by Collodi, illus by Frederick Richardson, recent ones by Roberto Innocenti, many versions.
The Changes Trilogy: The Devil's Children etc., by Peter Dickinson
Weather Eye by Lesley Howarth
The Walking Stones by Mollie Hunter
The Wizard of Earthsea Trilogy and Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin
The House at Nordham Gardens by Penelope Lively
The Last Guru and other Pinkwaters
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien

People and Places:
Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse
The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas/Ardizzone
White Peak Farm by Berlie Doherty
Spud Sweetgrass by Brian Doyle
The Windmill Summer by Hila Feil
Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston
Little, Little by M. E. Kerr
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Shabanu Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Staples
The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Historical Fiction/Adventure:
Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad
The Flight of the Sparrows by Buss and Cubias
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Valley of the Broken Cherry Trees by Lensey Namioka
The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
A Handful of Time by Kit Pearson
Queen without Crown by Madeleine Polland
Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman
Frederich by Conrad Richter
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Marassa and Midnight by Morna Stuart
The Ramsey Scallop by Frances Temple
Viking's Dawn by Henry Treece
The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton Walsh