5th Grade Book Recommendations?

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  1. 80sDancer

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    Hi everyone,
    We are planning our novels for next year, and here is what we read this year:

    Hatchet
    The Cay
    Three Cups of Tea
    Twenty-one Balloons

    I am new this year so I didn't get to choose those. The only one I hated was Hatchet, and most of the kids did too. We'd like to replace it for next year. So far I'm only thinking of The Giver. I was wanting to do A Wrinkle in Time, but they read that in 4th.

    Any suggestions? Thanks :)
     
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    The Giver might be a little too graphic for some fifth graders. It made some of our seventh graders sick...
     
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    Really? I read it to my 6th graders a few years ago and it was ok. Maybe I'll re-read it.

    Keep the suggestions coming!
     
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    The baby killing part really sent a few of our seventh graders over the top. It was just hard for them to hear and they knew what that meant. Maybe the fifth graders wouldn't notice as much....

    Some other ideas:
    Touching Spirit Bear
    Wringer (but this is graphic too)
    Holes
    Maniac Magee
    There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
    Loser
     
  6. MsMar

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    Definitely Maniac Magee and Holes.

    My son is in 5th grade and the current novel they're doing is The Pinballs and he seems to be enjoying it. It's about a group of children living in foster families. I have not read it personally.

    Surviving the Applewhites is a 6th grade book where I long term subbed but it could work for 5th grade too I think.

    I would not suggest The Giver for 5th grade. Great book, but these kids are just 10 when they start 5th grade and I think that's a bit young for that book.
     
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    Never mind on The Giver...apparently they have it read to them in 4th grade at my school.

    I'm loving all of these options though! Thank you all. Keep 'em coming!
     
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    Wow, The Giver in 4th grade?! That definitely surprises me.
     
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    Yeah, me too! Not sure I would want to grapple with some of the ideas.

    Number the Stars
     
  10. 80sDancer

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    I LOVE NUMBER THE STARS!!!

    They read that in 4th grade too.
     
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    A Long Way From Chicago--very funny, setting is during the Great Depression, grandchildren visiting grandmother for awhile in the summer, great character analysis for every chapter since every chapter is a different summer and the characters grow quite a bit, or in the case of the Grandma, more is revealed about her. Setting affects actions, several resources out there to help dissect the book.
     
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    My kids love:
    The Lightning Thief (though it's hard to find kids that haven't read it by 5th)
    Coraline
    Blood on River: James Town 1607
    My Brother Sam is Dead (some cursing and violence)
    Among the Hidden

    I'm also planning on reading Gregor the Overlander sometime and Return to Sender.
     
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    Soldier's Heart by Paulsen (Terrific Civil War novel, graphic, but true to life, based on real story)

    I didn't like Hatchet as a class read also. It's difficult to read due to the short sentences and phrases. But it's a good book to read on their own.
     
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    I second (or third or fourth?) Holes! It was very popular among my peers when I was in elementary school. Hatchet was read to my class in 4th grade and the teacher skipped over the graphic parts, like seeing the pilot's body when Brian dives to the plane. I located a copy of the book and read that part for myself. :D
    Here are some books I enjoyed around that age:

    Sign of the Beaver
    Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
    Indian Captive
    Beyond the Burning Time
    Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
    Calico Captive
    The Devil's Arithmetic
    Tangerine
    Ghost Cadet
    Charlotte's Web
    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
    The Westing Game
    Wayside School books
     
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    I agree that Holes is great, but many of them have read that already at this age in my school.

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderful replies:)
     
  16. RainStorm

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    Sign of the Beaver and Ghost Cadet are good reads. So is Loser. An oldie, but a goodie is Snow Treasure -- very few classes seem to read it anymore, but it is good.
     
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    I read Maniac Magee to my 5ths a few years back and the racism went over their heads. The whole sequence that involved Maniac living with the white family that fortified their home like a compound turned into a joke. The kids drinking beer...well, I had to set some things straight with them and swore I'd only ever teach that book in 6th or above. Holes and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom are always top favorites as is The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine. Loser was very moving as well.
     
  18. dogs&teaching

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    The only book that I can remember reading in 5th grade was Where the Red Fern Grows. One of my favorite books. My boyfriend and I now own a Redbone Coonhound.
     
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    Number the Stars
    Maniac Magee
    Loser
    Hana's Suitcase
    Dear Mr. Henshaw
     
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    Here are some great books for 5th grade

    1. The Wednesday Wars (my favorite)
    2. Loser by Spinelli
    3. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
    4. Small Steps by Louis Sachar
    (yes, even better than Holes)
    5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    6. The Lightning Thief
    7. Wrinkle in Time
    8. Because of Winn Dixie
    9. The Cay
    10. The Girl Who Owned a City
     

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