Fifth Grade: Good Reading

A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

By Henry Cole

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Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration for teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.

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Moon Over Manifest

By Clare Vanderpool

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The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I'd seen only in Gideon's stories: Manifest--A Town with a rich past and a bright future.
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler.

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Monster Hunt : Exploring Mysterious Creatures

By Jim Arnosky

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Legendary creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster hold endless fascination for people around the globe. Do these creatures really exist? Countless eyewitnesses say yes, and scientists are discovering new animal species every year, so perhaps it isn’t impossible. But how would such large animals survive? Where would they live, and what would they eat? In Monster Hunt , Jim Arnosky presents mythical creatures of the past and gigantic prehistoric animals that have survived to the present. He examines accounts of Kraken, Bigfoot, and Nessie, and then invites readers to join him in exploring what might be living in the deep waters of Lake Champlain.
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Mickey & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

By Dan Gutman

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When Joe travels back in time to 1944, he meets the Milwaukee Chicks, one of the only all-female professional baseball teams in the history of the game.
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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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Gossamer

By Lois Lowry

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While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save a boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.
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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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Eruption

By Roland Smith

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Chase and his friend Nicole Rossi attempt to rescue the Rossi Brothers' Circus--lions, tigers, elephants, and all--when a massive earthquake has struck, leading to the imminent eruption of a volcano.
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A Dog's Way Home

By Bobbie Pyron

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After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie, Tam, overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.
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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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