Good read aloud novel?

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  1. 100%Canadian

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    I'm teaching a 4/5 split but it's mostly fives. Can anyone recommend a decent but short novel (90-120 pages) for a read aloud? Something with mystery or suspense, if possible. I only have about a week+ to cover it so it should be quick but interesting. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Last year, my students enjoyed How to Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days.
     
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    I'm almost done with Frindle, which seems to be quite common with 4th/5th graders. If you're willing to do two chapters some days (which is pretty feasible since some are only 3-5 pages) you could definitely do it in a week to week and a half. It's not mystery and suspense, but kids love it and it's great for studying character analysis and cause & effect.
     
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    The 5th grade teacher before me loved that one. We're reading Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli right now. It's not mystery/suspense, but it's great! My kids are hooked.
     
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    A great read aloud in the mystery/suspense genre is The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine. My kids loved it!:)
     
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    How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found
     
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    Holes is very good too. It has mystery and suspense tied in with modern and historical settings. pretty quick read even if it looks a bit long.
     
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    Novel read aloud

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    My fifth graders are enjoying There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
     
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    We read that last year. My kids loved it too.
     
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    There's a relatively new book that I read last year called Punished. They loved it. It was part mystery and lots of fun!
     
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    My kids are loving our read aloud Crash It is filled with humor, a touch of romance , (a school crush), and lessons on friendship and death.
     
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    oddly enuf my kids loved Tuck Everlasting...you can read in about a week if you read it to them im sure...definately full of suspense...atleast for a 5th grader( ok i admit i was hooked when i started reading it also)
     
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    I read Tuck Everlasting for the first time this summer and I loved it too. Natalie Babbitt's descriptive writing is the best! I plan to read from that book for some Writer's Workshop lessons.
    We are reading Hatchet for our read aloud right now. Couldn't do it in the time frame needed here, but it's a great read aloud...
     
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    we just read the courage of sarah noble and it took us 3 days...its not very many pages at all and an easy read...we read sign of the beaver before that and did a REALLY easy compare and contrast...
     

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