Books Every Fifth Grader Should Know
Annotation:The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents you from ever growing any older.
Annotation:Originally abandoned by her actor parents who later attempt to gain custody, Cat wages a spirited campaign to decide her own fate and remain with her grandmother.
Annotation:A young Labrador retriever, an old bull terrier and a Siamese cat undertake a 250-mile trek through the Canadian wilderness in order to return to their home.
Annotation:When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moved to Florida with her preacher father, she didn’t expect that she’d adopt Winn-Dixie, a dog she names after the supermarket where they met. Opal is lonely at first, but with such an unusually friendly dog at her side, she makes some unusual friends and finds she has a lot to be thankful for.
Annotation:Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia where they assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Annotation:In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, 10-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Annotation:Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, has children, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.
Annotation:The life of a 10-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death while trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Annotation:After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning how to survive his parents’ divorce.
Annotation:The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Annotation:As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure and a new sense of himself.
Annotation:During her summer at Camp Nashaquitsa, 11-year-old Abby tries to reinvent herself, while worrying about her mother, missing her dead father, and getting to know her equally self-conscious bunkmates.
Annotation:After meeting on the first day in Mrs. Chemsky’s fifth grade class, Margalo and Mikey help each other in and out of trouble, trying to maintain a friendship while each asserts her independence.