PPS Books for Relaxing Reading, Grades 3-5, Authors H-M
This is the summer reading list for grades 3-5 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Chet Gecko Mysteries (series)
Detective Chet Gecko and his associate, Natalie Attired, take a case... [  The Big Nap;  The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse;  Farewell, my Lunchbag;  Give my Regrets to Broadway;  The Hamster of the Baskervilles;  Key Lardo;  The Malted Falcon;  Murder, My Tweet;  The Mystery of Mr. Nice;  The Possum Always Rings Twice;  This gum for hire;  Trouble is My Beeswax.]
Who is Ida B. Applewood? She is a fourth grader like no other, living a life like no other, with a voice like no other, and her story will resonate long after you have put this book down. With the help of a patient teacher, a loyal cat and dog, her beloved apple trees, and parents who believe in the same things she does (even if they sometimes act as though they don't), Ida B. Applewood takes the hand that is extended and starts to grow up.
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home. (Ask your librarian to suggest other titles by Carl Hiaasen.)
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire. (Others in series, like Nighty Nightmare, are also fun.)
Family of Poems
Caroline Kennedy has chosen a rich variety of Kennedy family favorite poems to include in this priceless collection. The book has thoughtful personal introductions written by Caroline, and beautiful new original artwork by award-winning artist, Jon J Muth.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks
When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.
The View from Saturday
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.
Hattie Big Sky
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. Includes readers guide and a short interview with Kirby Larson following the bibliography.
Henry's Freedom Box
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
The Chronicles of Narnia (series)
All seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia are now available together in a hardcover volume which includes an essay by C. S. Lewis, On Three Ways of Writing for Children, where he explains precisely how the magic of Narnia first came to life.
Sarah, Plain and Tall (series)
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Judy Moody (series)
(First book): Third grader Judy Moody comes to school on the first day in a bad mood, but that all changes when she gets an assignment to create a collage about herself. (Ask your librarian to help you find other titles in this series.)