New Books for 5th Graders

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

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Julia and Eliza are best friends. They are also family. Even though they are the same age, Julia is Eliza's aunt. Of course, Eliza doesn't call her best friend "Aunt Julia" but still...they are more tied together in ways most friends are. That was never a problem...until the summer they turned twelve

Eliza still likes to pretend, just the way she and Julia have done all their lives. But Julia finds it harder and harder to enter that make-believe world. There are too many distractions in the real world. Some are terrible, like worrying about whether or not her mother will survive her tour of duty in Iraq. Others are much more pleasant, like a certain very cute boy named Michael.

Where do your loyalties lie when you find yourself changing, pulling away from a best friend who is so much more than just a friend?

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For other tales of changing friendships try:

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Eleven by Lauren Myracle and

Gossip Times Three by Amy Koss

The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Reading Level: K-5

The second book in the wonderfully adventrous Dolittle series starts off by introducing us to Tommy Stubbins, future naturalist. To sate his curiosity about animals and their nature, Tommy asks Dr. Dolittle to apprentice him and teach him all he knows about animals and their languages - and so Dolittle, Stubbins and a few old friends set sail, hoping to learn the language of the Shellfish.

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