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Year 5 Recommended Reading Book List

Year 5 is a great time to get interested in particular authors, so try all the stories by the big names like Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, Anthony Horowitz, Philip Pullman and J K Rowling. 
The following books are not so well known.


Book Title


The Tale of Despereaux,

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tillane

Kate DiCamillo

Just William

Richmal Crompton


Neil Gaiman


Brian Selznick

Septimus Heap series

Angie Sage

The Lost Riders

Elizabeth Laird

Dead Man’s Cove,

Laura Marlin Mysteries 1

Lauren St John

Connor’s Eco Den

Pippa Goodhart


Frank Cottrell Boyce

Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke

Bursting Balloons Mystery

Alexander McCall Smith

The Eighteenth Emergency

Betsy Byars


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