New Books for 5th Graders

The Boy Who Howled by Timothy Power

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Callum's father keeps looking at him like he wants to eat him, literally eat him. This isn't all that odd, since his father is a wolf and Callum is a soft furless salty-tasting definitely not wolf pup. Unfortunately he is also approaching adolescence which means that he MIGHT want to make a challenge for the Alpha or Beta male position, so to protect him his mother brings him a school uniform and leaves him at the edge of the woods so that he can go live with his own kind. This fun book is full of misunderstandings and coincidences and will appeal to anyone who enjoys fantastic realism novels like Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

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Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

When ten-year-old Lucinda's parents decide to travel to Italy for a year, they drop Lucinda off at a sort of temporary orphanage in New York. Undaunted, Lucinda straps on her roller skates and begins skating around the city, making friends as she goes. Most of these friends would be frowned upon by her stuffy Aunt Emily (who Lucinda must spend every Saturday sewing with) because of either their age or their status in life, but cheerful Lucinda doesn't mind, and befriends anyone she meets.

Lucinda's cheerful nature and desire for every single one of her friends to experience happiness and good fortune seeps off the page and into your heart in this beautifully told 1937 Newbery winner.

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
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Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman

Reading Level:  Grades 5-7

As the Nazi noose closes, 12-year-old Edith's desperate parents send her alone on a long journey across the ocean to live in Chicago with an uncle she doesn't know.

This book is based on the author's mother's experiences as one of the children rescued by the One Thousand Children project.

Other gripping stories of Holocaust refugees include:
Ten Thousand Children : True Stories Told by Children who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport by Anne L. Fox
The Other Half of Life : A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis by Kim Ablon Whitney and
Sheltering Rebecca by Mary Baylis-White

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