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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    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

    Hi,
    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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    Seriously? This one (on Amazon) was a how-to manual on pseudocide. ??
     
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    Hmmmmm.
     
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    We are reading I Freddy. Its funny and interesting. There are 5 other books in the series and most of them have suspense and action. My students love this book!
     
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    Andrew Clements has a new book No Talking. My kids LOVED it. It is about girls and boys not talking and having a competition on who can say the fewest words in two days. The principal finds out and doesn't like the idea. But Dave explains to her why it is a good idea to say fewer words-like Ghandi. Enjoy!
     
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    My kids loved this too! They also like Holes.
     
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    What about reading from the CS LEWIS collection of the chronicles of narnia?
     
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    Don't worry, TeacherShelley - I know there is an awful adult book with that same title. Keep looking because there is a good kids' book by that name. I promise.
     
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    It is by Sara Nickerson:

    How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
    By Sara Nickerson
    Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport


    Price: $5.99
    On Sale: 5/6/2003
    Formats: Paperback | Hardcover



    Margaret's father died in a mysterious drowning accident when she was eight years old. Four years later, her mother still won't talk about it -- in fact, she doesn't talk about much of anything. But when Margaret's mother takes her and her little sister, Sophie, to a strange abandoned mansion and puts a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign in the front yard, Margaret is determined to solve the puzzle of her family, once and for all.

    Armed with three strange clues -- a swimming medal, a key, and a handwritten comic book -- Margaret returns to the mansion alone. With the help of Boyd, the lonely, comic-book-obsessed boy next door, she discovers that truth can be stranger than fiction -- depending on who's telling the story.
     
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    I have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a novel study. The kids love it every year. I have never tried the others. Personally I found A Horse and His Boy pretty slow, but kids may like it. It really doesn't connect to the previous one though.
     
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    I am reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli to my 5th graders. The kids are loving it and it brings up some great lessons that we can refer to throughout the year.

    (It's about a girl who is against the grain and other students start out being uncomfortable, but come to accept her, and then try to change her. There are many great lessons for them to learn.)
     
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    A Wrinkle in Time?
     
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    My student's have loved Walk Two Moons (S. Creech).
    The fun part is using a southern accent...
     
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    My class loved when I read this aloud. It can be difficult, but it opened their eyes to science fiction!!!
     
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    I started reading "Gregor the Overlander" to the after school group I work with (5th graders) and they love it- especially the boys. One student was begging me to read and another said, "Wow, this is the first time he has ever liked a book!" and that made me feel good about reading it.
     
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    The teacher I worked with when I was student teaching was reading "The Old Willis Place" to the kids when I started with them. I missed the first part of the book, but caught the end. The kids loved it. Mystery...ghost story...it was a good read.
     
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    I'm going to read "Nightmare Mountain" by Peg Kehret to my class when we get back from break. It's an adventure/mystery book. My teacher read it to my class when I was in 4th grade, and of all the read-alouds from elementary school, that book always stuck with me for some reason. It's a little longer than you wanted, 164 pages, but it's fast-paced.
     
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    My grade listed our class novels in our blog, with reviews. There were two we started and didn't finish because we didn't like them: A Wrinkle in Time was one and I forget the other. Next year I plan on reading Holes, How to Live Forever (novel and picture story book) and the Red King.
     
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    One week? So many choices. How about the classic "Stone Fox"? Good suspense, surprise ending, have a box of tissue handy, nice for having kids rewrite the ending, or write a sequel...

    ("Willy whipped out his cell phone and called 911. Meanwhile, Doc ran up and started artificial resusitation....")

    ("Willy was near exhaustion when he finally got back home. As he climbed his front steps he heard a strange noise coming from under the porch. What was it? Suddenly a little black furry face popped out from between the steps! It was a puppy! And it looked just like Searchlight! Wow, I guess Searchlight had been a girl!")
     
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    Sorry, I wasn't quoting from the book. I was quoting from some of the rewrite ideas students have written.

    And, by the way, when you all suggest these books, I end up spending a fortune at Amazon!

    I just read "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and couldn't stop laughing. It's not a read aloud, though. But I'll give it to my reluctant reader.
     
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    My class pretty much cleaned out the supply of Diary of a Whimpy Kid at the school book fair. It is absolutely hilarious, because we can see the truth in it. We've all been there or know someone who has!
     
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    Ditto on Frindle! Great story, quick reading.
     
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    I agree with Frindle! The kids loved it and it is fast. If you
    have more time my students loved The Tale of Despereaux
    by Kate DiCamillo.
     
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    I started reading Jennifer Murdley's Toad today. The kids are loving it. Bruce Coville is a favorite I have found over the years. He's not new so his books tend to get overlooked by the kids though so I have to reintroduce him every couple of years.
     

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