Fifth Grade: Good Reading

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

By Geraldine McCaughrean

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Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away in an attempt to elude his fate, assumes other identities, and continues to try to outrun death, no matter the consequences.

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The Gollywhopper Games

By Jody Feldman

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Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in words and pictures

By Brian Selznick

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When Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. Made into the feature film, Hugo.

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The Trouble with May Amelia

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Living with seven brothers and her father, who thinks girls are useless, a Finnish American farm girl is determined to prove her worth when an enterprising gentleman tries to purchase their cash-strapped family settlement in Washington State in 1900.
Sequel to Our Only May Amelia.

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Troublemaker

By Andrew Clements

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When his older brother gets in serious trouble, sixth-grader Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways, but he cannot seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.
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Turtle in Paradise

By Jennifer L. Holm

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In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
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Whales on Stilts

By M.T. Anderson

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What sort of madman would unleash an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, thoroughly angry whales upon the world? Who cares! All that matters is that his dastardly plan be foiled. Lucky for Lily Gefelty, her two best friends are the intrepid stars of their own middle-grade series novels: Jasper Dash (better know as the Boy Technonaut) and Katie Mulligan (beloved by millions as the heroine of the Horror Hollow series). It's going to take all their smarts to stop this insane, inane plot from succeeding.
Part of a series, followed by The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen and Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware.

 

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Wonderstruck

By Brian Selznick

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Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

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