Bridget Harvey's Booktalk Book List for 5th Grade

Once Upon a Poem: Favorite Poems that Tell Stories

By Kevin Crossley-Holland

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The most exciting and enjoyable stories ever told in verse, illustrated throughout in full color and beautifully presented.
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Keeping Score

By Linda Sue Park

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In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a "Bums" (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
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Bird Lake Moon

By Kevin Henkes

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Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate. Ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.
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Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

By Betty Birney

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Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World.
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Monsters and Water Beasts: Creatures of Fact or Fiction?

By Karen Miller

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Describes various fantastic monsters or animals which some people think may inhabit the land or sea.
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Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: a Year Told through Stuff

By Jennifer Holm

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The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scarey, just ask Ginny.
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Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories

By R.L. Stine

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A selection of unsettling stories (one in graphic form) and two poems by such authors as Ray Bradbury, William Sleator, Robert Service, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, Jane Yolen and Mr. Stine himself.
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Oh, Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments

By Joy Masoff

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OH, YIKES! covers people, events, institutions, and really bad ideas, alphabetically from April Fool’s Day to zany Zoos.
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