New Books for 5th Graders

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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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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The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After a volcanic eruption demolishes his village and kills his parents and sister, Trei seeks help from his father's brother only to be sent away because he is a "half-breed." Trei then makes the difficult journey to the floating islands to seek help from his mother's family. With their sponsorship, Trei is tested and accepted as an apprentice karjuraihi where he learns to make his own pair of feathered wings and join the legendary corps of soaring kajuraihi. Just as Trei settles into his happy new life, disaster strikes again and it is up to Trei and his cousin to save their island home.

Other fantastic tales of questing flyers include:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson and

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