New Books for 5th Graders

Saraswati's Way by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

I you enjoyed this tale of a third world kid surviving on his own, try:
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis,
Trash by Andy Mulligan and
AK by Peter Dickinson

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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

The Green children are nanny repelling specialists. They have driven away every person who has responded to their father's "Nanny Wanted" sign. Their father is so desperate that when a well-dressed pig inquires about the sign, he hires her on the spot.

This is not a story of naughty children taught to be good by a firm but fun nanny. After all this nanny is a pig who knows nothing of manners, bedtimes or the importance of homework. As a matter of fact, this chocolate loving nanny has to be talked out of some of her wilder ideas by her delighted charges.

Other stories of unconventional nannies include: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales by Christianna Brand

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