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Books & Reading: Great Reads for Year 5

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Great Reads for Year 5

Humorous Fiction

Adventure Stories

Great Series

Tales from Schwartzgarten series by Christopher William Hill

These are gruesomely funny tales! Meet Eugene, the lily-livered prince; Osbert, the avenge; the Woebegone twins; and Marius. For lovers of Lemony Snicket.

My Australian Story series by various authors. These stories bring history to life. Written in diary form, each one gives a unique insight into a major event in our history.


Do you dare? Another series giving readers a snapshot of our past.

You Choose is a series of interactive novels for the highly adventurous. Read if you dare! Mistakes will cost you dearly! Can you survive to the end? 

Spirit Animals series

Separated by vat distances, Conor, Abeke, Mellin and Rollan have each summoned a beast of legend - a spirit animal. Now their fate is set. An ancient threat is rising once again, conquering whole cities with terrifying speed. The four young heroes and their animals must band together to find legendary talismans - before they fall into enemy hands.

Young Samurai series by Christopher Bradford

Shipwrecked on the shore of Japan, twelve-year-old Jack Fletcher is wounded and alone. His father and the entire crew have been slaughtered by ninja pirates. Jack’s last remaining possession is his father’s rudder, an invaluable book of maps and notes about the world’s uncharted oceans. Masamoto-sama, one of Japan’s greatest samurai, rescues Jack, adopts him, and sends him to samurai school, where Jack will be trained in the Way of the Warrior. Will it be enough to help Jack defeat Dragon Eye, the ruthless ninja who is intent on stealing the rudder at any cost?

Great Authors

These authors have written many books for young readers.

Check out the links below to find out more.

David Walliams

Jackie French

Rick Riordan

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Roald Dahl

James Patterson

Emily Rodda

Morris Gleitzmann

Tried and True

These authors or books are some of our most popular! Try them out and see what you think.

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Sports Stories

Diary of a Sports Star series by Shamini Flint

Great reads about kids and sports. If you like Wimpy Kid, you'll like these! There are many sports in the series.


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