A Universe of Stories for Grades 4 & 5

June 12 marks the start of our summer reading program at NPL! Below are some recommendations for fourth and fifth grade readers.

About Universe of Stories

This summer we’re reading with the theme “A Universe of Stories” in mind.
The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire all ages to dream big, create their own story, and explore real and imaginary places, including Outer Space.

Space case: a Moon Base Alpha novel / Stuart Gibbs. Dashiell Gibson discovers that solving a murder in space is no easy task on the Moon, especially when no one believes you.

Waste of space / Stuart Gibbs. Dash must solve the mystery of how Lars was poisoned before the base loses oxygen!

Sweep, The Story of a Girl and Her Monster / Jonathan Auxier. Nan is an orphan who discovers a friendly monster; and together, they try to
start a new life. (Available via Overdrive.)

The first rule of punk / Celia C. Pérez. Malu’s dad says that the first rule of punk is to “be yourself” – but how can she when she’s not allowed to dress cool or play in a band?

Hilo: the boy who crashed to earth / Judd Winick. Robot falls to Earth, making things interesting for his new friends D.J. and Gina. (This book is available through Overdrive.)

Ghost / Jason Reynolds. Ghost has always run like lightning, but when he gets recruited for track he must learn to run for the team, and stop running from himself. (Also available as an e-book. )

Sanity & Tallulah / Molly Brooks. Two best friends decide to engineer a three-headed kitten named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds. If only her name didn’t turn out to be a little too appropriate…

Hello universe / Erin Entrada Kelly

Moonshot: the Flight of Apollo 11 / written and illustrated by Brian Floca. The story of Apollo 11 is also a story of leaving and returning home.

If you decide to go to the moon / Faith McNulty; illustrated by Steven Kellogg. If you decide to go to the moon, read this book first for the best tips!

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