Books for Lit Circles

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    Hi all! This year I am going to be teaching a reading group that is finished with our reading series (Reading Mastery, yuck!). I am buying books for us to read this year. What are some of your favorite books to read? We finished the program during the year last year and we read:
    My Side of the Mountain
    The Family Under the Bridge
    Windcatcher
    Into the Dream
    The Westing Game

    I am going to get The City of Ember, but I need more suggestions. Thanks!
     
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    You are going to love The City of Ember!!
    Some others I have read:
    James and the Giant Peach
    Hoot
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    The Pinballs- This seems to always be my students favorite
     
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    Number the Stars, A Wrinkle in Time, The Sign of the Beaver
     
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    Esperanza Rising and Becoming Naomi Leon
     
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    Frindle, Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, Bunnicula, Freak the Mighty (mature readers), Maniac Magee (also mature readers), Rascal.
     
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    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Matilda
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    On My Honor
     
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    My kids really like Holes
     
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    So many great titles have been mentioned! Excuse me if I repeat, but here is my wish/use list:
    Tuck Everlasting
    Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    James and the Giant Peach
    Loser
    Bridge to Terabithia
    The Lightning Theif (great if you are studying mythology to any degree)
    The Last Holiday Concert
    Holes
    Nothing's Fair in 5th Grade
    There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
    The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine
     
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    I use books with a revolutionary war theme:
    Johnny Tremain
    My Brother Sam is Dead
    Hope's Crossing
    George Washington's Socks
    Sarah Bishop

    There is a pretty good range of reading levels with these books.

    When I teach lit. circles, the whole class reads Letters from Rifka.
     
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    A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
    Joey Pigza Swallows the Key
    Pictures of Hollis Woods
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (yes-they love this!!)
    The Whipping Boy
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
     
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    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    My kids last year really liked the Tillerman family books by Cynthia Voight (Homecoming, Dicey's Song, A Solitary Blue, etc...)


    I generally buy whatever is cheap from Scholastic. Frindle will be $1 in the September order.
     
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    I did lit circles last year that were Native American-themed (to go along with our Social Studies)

    Call it Courage (LOVE this book!!)
    Sign of the Beaver
    Julie of the Wolves (though I'm not a big fan of this book)
    Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Then I did a series of three picture book studies for my lower-leveled students (2-3 ge). I can only remember two: Annie and the Old One and The Legend of BlueBonnet.
     
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    Patricia Polacco has wonderful books that have a historical base, such as Pink and Say. I have done these books in my guided reading groups,and my kids LOVE them.
     
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    We use:
    Fever 1793 - kids LOVE this one
    Sign of the Beaver
    Jerry Spinelli Author study/lit circles: Wringer, Crash, Maniac Magee, Loser
    My Brother Sam is Dead/Fighting Ground/George Washington's Socks
    Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler
     

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