Good Reading for Fifth Grade

Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

By Karen Levine

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A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.

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Gregor the Overlander

By Suzanne Collins

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When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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First Boy

By Gary D. Schmidt

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Cooper Jewett is 14 when his beloved grandfather dies, leaving him with a dairy farm to look after. Bizarre things happen--big men in black sedans follow him, the farmhouse is ransacked, the barn is set afire, and he even meets the president, who may be his long-lost mother.

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Each Little Bird That Sings

By Deborah Wiles

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Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

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Danger in the Dark: A Harry Houdini Mystery

By Tom Lalicki

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Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit advisor attempting to relieve the boy's great-aunt of her fortune.

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Colibri

By Ann Cameron

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Rosa, a young Mayan girl, follows "Uncle" from town to town, unwillingly playing a part in schemes to swindle money. He claims to have rescued her from the streets when she was four, but with the help of Doña Celestina, Rosa learns the truth and is reunited with her family.

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Close To Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks Of 1916 Adapted For Young People

By Michael Capuzzo

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Details the first documented cases in American history of sharks attacking swimmers, which occured along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey in 1916.
 

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Across the Lines

By Carolyn Reeder

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Simon and Edward are boyhood friends, but they are also slave and master. When Simon runs away and joins the black soldiers in the Union Army, Edward and his family endure the siege of Petersburg from the opposite side.

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

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Meg’s father has been missing for a year. When she finds out he’s slipped through a tesseract, a wrinkle in time, she sets out to rescue him!

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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

By Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Janeczko and Raschka define 29 well-known poetic forms through examples from a variety of poets. Energetic art and excellent explanations of haiku, riddles, ballads, and more create a wonderful package for students, teachers, and poetry lovers.

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