New Books for 5th Graders

Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

11-year-old Tracy has been in America for six years. She doesn't remember much about her years in Vietnam. Not until she and her friend Stargazer discover her father's old ammo box in the garage. Stargazer breaks off the lock and opens the box. Her father finds them just as they pull out the military dogtag. His cold, hard anger sends Stargazer running for home.

During that steamy summer of 1980, powerful memories come back to haunt both Tracy and her father, memories that may force them apart forever.

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More books by Elizabeth Partridge

Other stories of the lingering effects of war include:

Drita My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard and

All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse by Ann Burg

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

The Boy At the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Fisher was "born" when a defective robot triggered the pod right before the entire Ark was destroyed. Fisher was the only biological being to survive. Fisher knows his name, how to talk and one hundred ways to catch fish. Fisher also knows that unless he finds more people, the human race will end with him.

So Fisher sets off in search of other Arks accompanied by his defective robot protector Click and a friendly baby woolly mammoth that Fisher dubs Protein just in case he needs to eat him later. Out in the world the trio encounters killer giant parrots, swarms of tiny, vicious crocodiles and not so friendly nanotechnology.

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Other apocalyptic fiction includes:

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer and

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks

The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatteton

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

No one had ever linked the bizzare incidents before Theophilus Nero Hercuke Sherlock Wimsey Father Brown Marlowe Spade Christie Edgar Allen Brain showed up in Sheldon's 6th grade classroom.

Sheldon McGlone has pretty much been on autopilot ever since his father was killed in the whale attack. But the Brain was sure that the whale attack, the bird poop incident and the possum car theft ring were all connected. The Brain is also certain that he is a greater slueth that all the detectives he was named for.  Since all great detectives he needs a sidekick. He picks Sheldon.

When Sheldon encounters a serverd human leg and an enormous salt water crocodile barking like a dog in the Brain's bedroom, he should have run. Instead he finds himself drawn into a mad cap adventure to thwart an international villian.

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If you enjoy this zany adventure try:

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson and

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks by C. Alexander London

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