You can take a vacation without even leaving your chair when you have a good book! There's nothing better than curling up and letting a good book take you to places you've only dreamed of. Look below for some favorite books of mine for fifth graders. I LOVE to read, and nothing makes me happier than passing along some of my favorite books to my favorite students! There are many different categories, so check often. As I read new great books, I will pass them along to you!
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Books you might enjoy
Al Capone Does My Shirtsby Gennifer Choldenko Year Published: Easy ReadingA twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Basketball a History of Hoopsby Mark Stewart Year Published: Average
Matildaby Roald Dahl Year Published: AverageMatilda Wormwood started reading books at the age of four, but her crooked father and bingo-playing mother regard book reading as a waste of time -- and much prefer watching TV. In fact, they take no notice of their genius daughter at all! Only Miss Honey, Matilda's lovely and gentle teacher, recognizes her special gifts. Yet Miss Honey has problems of her own: Her aunt is the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull, an evil headmistress who bullies children and parents alike -- and has taken Miss Honey's house and money. Can Matilda use her extraordinary talents to seek revenge -- and make all of the wrong-doing grown-ups pay?Note: This book is available in our Library.
Rulesby Cynthis Lord Year Published: AverageTwelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?Note: This book is available in our Library.
The ainforest Grew All Aroundby Susan Mitchell Year Published: AverageThe jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest. Delve even deeper into the jungle using sidebars and the three-page For Creative Minds" educational section.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulaneby Kate DiCamillo Year Published: AverageFrom the Publisher Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobies' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Coralineby Neil Gaiman Year Published: ChallengingWhen a girl moves into an old house, she finds a door leading to a world that eerily mimics her own, but with sinister differences.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Hardy Boys Mystery Seriesby Franklin W. Dixon Year Published: Easy ReadingFrank and Joe hardy are sons of the world famous detective-Fenton Hardy,living in the town of Bayport. They get drawn into many differnet mysteries. Frank and Joe usually get help from their friends, Chet Morton and Tony Prito.If you want to know how these action packed,fun filled books end you'll need to read them!Note: This book is available in our Library.
Dear Mr. Henshawby Beverly Cleary Year Published: AverageWhen fourth grader Leigh Botts asks Mr. Henshaw to write to him personally, he gets more than he bargained for. Mr. Henshaw's letters are full of questions, and Leigh is getting tired of answering them. But as he continues his correspondence with his favorite author, he not only gets plenty of tips on writing, but he also finds a wise and thoughtful friend to whom he can tell his troubles.Note: This book is available in our Library.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerby E. L. Konigsburg Year Published: ChallengingA girl and her younger brother run away from home and take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum where they come across a beautiful and mysterious statue. Determined to discover its maker, they first have to find the statue's former owner, the reclusive and mischievous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and then sort through her incredibly mixed-up files.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Walk Two Moonsby Sharon Creech Year Published: ChallengingThirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared. Beneath Phoebe's story is Salamanca's own story and that of her mother, who left one April morning for Idaho, promising to return before the tulips bloomed. Sal's mother has not, however, returned, and the trip to Idaho takes on a growing urgency as Salamanca hopes to get to Idaho in time for her mother's birthday and bring her back, despite her father's warning that she is fishing in the air. This richly layered Newbery Medal-winning novel is in turn funny, mysterious, and touching.Note: This book is available in our Library.
A View from Saturdayby E.L. Konigsburg Year Published: AverageLearn how the sixth graders beat out the older kids to win the championship quiz contest. A Newbery winner.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Because of Winn Dixieby Kate DiCamillo Year Published: AverageThe summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket -- and comes out with a dog. With the help of her new pal, whom she names Winn-Dixie, Opal makes a variety of new, interesting friends and spends the summer collecting stories about them and thinking about her absent mother. But because of Winn-Dixie, or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship -- and forgiveness -- can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Crispinby Avi Year Published: ChallengingThe 2003 Newbery Award Winner and New York Times Best-seller. "Avi's latest novel is superb combination of mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age tale... Breathlessly paced, beautifully written, and filled with details of life in the Middle Ages, this compelling novel is one of Avi's finest."-Note: This book is available in our Library.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerby E. L. Konigsburg Year Published: AverageClaudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped — right into a mystery that made headlines! Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.Note: This book is available in our Library.
hatchetby Gary Paulson Year Published: AverageThirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Holesby Louis Sachar Year Published: AverageStanley Yelnats goes to camp Green Lake instead of juvenile detention. Did he make the right choice? A Newbery Award winner.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Tale of Despereauxby Kate DiCamillo Year Published: AverageThis is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives. And what happens then? Listeners, it is your destiny to find out.Note: This book is available in our Library.
A Year Down Yonderby Richard Peck Year Published: AverageDuring the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Elijah of Buxtonby Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: ChallengingEleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Jackie and Meby Dan Gutman Year Published: AverageLike every other kid in his class, Joe Stoshack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin--and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Number the Starsby Lois Lawry Year Published: ChallengingTen-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Number the Starsby Lois Lowry Year Published: AverageIn 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Pictures of Hollis Woodsby Patricia Reilly Giff Year Published: ChallengingHollis is a twelve-year-old foster child living with an elderly, quirky artist. Through flashbacks or "pictures" Hollis reveals her former life with the Regan family. What happened to make Hollis run away from this loving foster family?Note: This book is available in our Library.
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Womanby Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack Year Published: AverageThis 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Book chronicles the life of African-American Sojourner Truth, a nineteenth-century preacher, abolitionist, and activist for the rights of African Americans and women.Note: This book is available in our Library.
A Series of Unfortunate Eventsby Lemony Snicket Year Published: ChallengingHave you ever been in a foster home? Have you ever experienced deaths like your mom or dad? This story is about three kids, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Violet is the one how likes to invent things. Klaus is the one who is grand with words. Sunny is just good at biting. Their uncle is after the fortune their parents left them. He is very mean and tries many interesting ways to trick the children. Discover which disguise their uncle will be in!Note: This book is available in our Library.
Gregor the Overlanderby Suzanne Collins Year Published: AverageWhen 11-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Little House on the Prairieby Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: AverageProbably my favorite series for kids....historical fiction. Follow the adventures of Laura, and her sisters Mary and Carrie growing up in the 1800's. Wait until you meet Nellie Olsen, who Laura does NOT like! Boys and girls love these books. Lots of adventure and suspense! Try to read them in order....look inside the front cover to find it out!Note: This book is available in our Library.
Redwallby Brian Jacques Year Published: ChallengingWhen the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Battle of Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4)by Rick Riordan Year Published: AverageTime is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half Blood is growing more vulnerable. To stop them from invading, Percy and his demigod friends must go on a quest through the Labyrinth.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5)by Rick Riordan Year Published: AverageAll year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Lightning Thiefby Rick Riordan Year Published: AverageTwelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he’s not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he’s coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he’s angered a few of them: Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Sea of Monsters (Persey Jackson #2)by Rick Riordan Year Published: AveragePercy Jackson, hero of the The Lightning Thief, returns to Camp Half-Blood and undertakes a perilous voyage to save the camp in this modern-day adverture with a Greek mythology twist. Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get …well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy's friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor, or simply...Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson #3)by Rick Riordan Year Published: AveragePercy Jackson returns in another modern-day adventure with a Greek mythology twist—this time he must find a goddess kidnapped from Mount Olympus! When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Harry Potterby J.K. Rowling Year Published: ChallengingFROM THE PUBLISHER Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Indian in the Cupboardby Lynn Reid Banks Year Published: AverageNote: This book is available in our Library.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girlby Anne Frank Year Published: AverageDiscovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, 13-year-old Anne and her Jewish family went into hiding in the "secret annex" of an old office building; while living there, Anne recorded her experiences in a diary. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and a compelling self-portrait of an extraordinary young woman whose life was tragically cut short.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Bully for You, Teddy Rooseveltby Jean Fritz Year Published: ChallengingThis book follows the life of the dynamic twenty-sixth president, discussing his conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and political career.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?by Jean Fritz Year Published: AverageA biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.Note: This book is available in our Library.
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Free the Childrenby Craig Kielburger Year Published: ChallengingHere is the dramatic and moving story of one child's transformation from a normal, middle-class kid from the suburbs to an activist, fighting against child labor on the world stage of international human rights. Making headlines around the globe, Graig Keilburger and his organization, Free the Children, which he founded at the age of twelve, have brought unprecedented attention to the worldwide abuse of children's rights. Free the Childrenis a passionate and astounding story and a moving testament to the power that children and young adults have to change the world, as witnessed through the achievements of one remarkable young man.
Gandhiby Demi Year Published: ChallengingMohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known by his followers as Mahatma — or great soul — was born in India in 1869 and grew up to become one of the most influential and well-respected political and social leaders the world has ever known. An adamant idealist and a courageous thinker, Gandhi identified himself with the struggles of the common people. He became the sole voice of the downtrodden and the exploited and believed fervently in the notion that "hatred can only be overcome by love." He vowed to instigate social and political change through nonviolent means and succeeded in changing India's prejudicial caste system and winning India's independence from British rule. Gandhi's teachings inspired Martin Luther King's nonviolent civil rights movement in the United States and Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Gandhi's philosophies of nonviolence and peaceful protest continue to inspire people around the world.
Giant Steps to Change the Worldby Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) Year Published: AverageAcademy Award nominated director Spike Lee, and his talented wife Tonya Lewis Lee offer up an inspirational picture book about activism and taking the big steps to set things right set to beautiful illustrations by the award-winning Sean Qualls. Using examples of people throughout history who have taken "giant steps", this book urges kids to follow in their footsteps and not be hindered by fear or a sense that you are not good enough. Despite the challenges, even the smallest step can change the world. So, what's your next step going to be?
I Have the Right to be a Childby Alain Serres Year Published: Easy ReadingWith a very simple text accompanied by rich, vibrant illustrations a young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights — from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to the right to be free from violence, to the right to breathe clean air, and much more. The book emphasizes that these rights belong to every child on the planet, whether they are “black or white, small or big, rich or poor, born here or somewhere else.” It also makes evident that knowing and talking about these rights are the first steps toward making sure that they are respected.
Kids on Strike!by Susan Campbell Year Published: ChallengingBy the early 1900s, nearly two million children were working in the United States. From the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the cotton mills of New England, children worked long hours every day under stunningly inhumane conditions. After years and years of oppression, children began to organize and make demands for better wages, fairer housing costs, and safer working environments. Some strikes led by young people were successful; some were not. Some strike stories are shocking, some are heartbreaking, and many are inspiring—but all are a testimony to the strength of mind and spirit of the children who helped build American industry. Describes the conditions and treatment that drove workers, including many children, to various strikes, from the mill workers strikes in 1828 and 1836 and the coal strikes at the turn of the century to the work of Mother Jones on behalf of child workers.
Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the Worldby Beatrice Hollyer Year Published: ChallengingWherever we live in this world—whether our country is rich or poor—water is vital to our survival on this planet. This book follows the daily lives of children in Peru,Mauritania, the United States, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Tajikistan, and explores what water means to them.Where does it come from? How do they use it? With the growing threat of climate change affecting all our lives, this book invites discussion on the ways different countries and cultures value this most precious of our planet’s natural resources.
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolutionby Ji-li Jiang, David Henry Hwang (Foreword by) Year Published: AverageIn 1966 Ji-li Jiang turned twelve. An outstanding student and leader, she had everything: brains, the admiration of her peers, and a bright future in China's Communist Party. But that year China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launched the Cultural Revolution, and everything changed. Over the next few years Ji-li and her family were humiliated and scorned by former friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They lived in constant terror of arrest. Finally, with the detention of her father, Ji-li faced the most difficult choice of her life. Told with simplicity and grace, this is the true story of one family's courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Togetherby Herb Shoveller Year Published: AverageIt costs a lot of money to build a well in Africa -- a lot more than Ryan Hreljac had thought. Still, the six year old kept doing chores around his parents' house, even after he learned it could take him years to earn enough money. Then a friend of the family wrote an article in the local newspaper about Ryan's wish to build a well to supply people with safe, clean water. Before long, ripples of goodwill began spreading. People started sending money to help pay for Ryan's well. Ryan was interviewed on television. His dream of a well became an international news story. In Agweo, Uganda, villagers were used to walking a long way every day in search of water. What they found was often brown and smelly and made a lot of people sick. But when Ryan's well was built, life in the village changed for the better. A young orphan named Akana Jimmy longed for a chance to thank Ryan in person for this gift of life -- clean water. When they finally meet, an unbreakable bond unites these boys from very different backgrounds, and a long and sometimes life-threatening journey begins. Ryan and Jimmy is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Shannen and the Dream for a Schoolby Janet Wilson Year Published: AverageIt is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Tragically, Shannen was killed in a car crash in 2010, and was not able to see the dream of her school fulfilled. Her family, friends and supporters continue to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in Native communities everywhere.
The Girl from Chimelby Rigoberta Menchu Year Published: AverageOverview Nobel Peace Prize winner and Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú brings the world of her earliest childhood vividly to life in this colorful book. Before the war in Guatemala and despite the hardships that the Mayan people endured, life in the Mayan villages of the highlands had a beauty and integrity. This was forever changed by the conflict and brutal genocide that was to come. Menchú’s stories of her grandparents and parents, of the natural world that surrounded her, and her retelling of the stories that she was told present a rich, humorous, and engaging portrait of that lost world. Domi draws on the Mayan landscape and rich craftwork to create the stunning illustrations that complement this engaging story.
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A Thousand Never Eversby Shana Burg Year Published: AverageIN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.
Any Small Goodness: A Novel Of The Barrioby Tony Johnston, Raul Colon (Illustrator) Year Published: Easy ReadingAward-winning picture-book author Tony Johnston presents the poignant story of a loving Mexican-American family in East L.A. in her first novel for young readers. Los Angeles is a place of movie stars and fast cars and people who are too rich and people who are too poor. An area of freeway chases and drive-bys and death. But there's another L.A., one where warmth and humor and humanity pervade. Where a tacqueria sign declares: "One cause, one people, one taco." This L.A. is a place where random acts of generosity and goodwill improve the lives of the community. Any Small Goodness is a novel filled with hope, love, and warmth.
Bud, Not Buddyby Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: ChallengingIt's 1936 Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy, but Bud's got a few things going for him: 1. He has his own suitcase full of special things; 2. He's the author of "Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself"; 3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his band of renown, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. Bud is sure those posters will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road, nothing can stop him, not hunger, not fear, not would-be vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Cat Runningby Zilpha Keatley Snyder Year Published: ChallengingCat is the fastest kid at her school—and with Play Day is coming up soon, she will be able to show off her speed to everybody. Unfortunately, her old-fashioned father forbids her to wear pants, even while playing sports. So Cat refuses to race, and Zane, an Okie boy whose family works on a nearby farm, wins. Cat is furious that Zane is so fast, and angry that he was able to beat all the sixth-grade boys, even in his bare feet. Though Cat hates Zane at the start, soon the two become friends. They are the school’s best runners, after all. But while Cat’s family is doing well, Zane’s family has lost everything in the Depression. All Cat can offer Zane’s family is sympathy and friendship . . . until Zane’s sister gets pneumonia and Cat and Zane are forced into a race for the little girl’s life
Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Campby Jerry Stanley Year Published: ChallengingOverview Illus. with photographs from the Dust Bowl era. This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school—until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field. Describes the plight of the migrant workers who traveled from the Dust Bowl to California during the Depression and were forced to live in a federal labor camp and discusses the school that was built for their children.
Homesick: My Own Storyby Jean Fritz Year Published: Average
I Am a Taxiby Deborah Ellis Year Published: AverageFor twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women’s Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government’s war on drugs. Diego’s adjusted to his new life. His parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother’s hand-knitted goods, and to work as a “taxi," running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister runs away, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando’s plan to make big money, fast. Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.
Journey of Dreamsby Marge Pellegrino Year Published: AverageThis is the story of how one family survives the Guatemalan army's "scorched earth" campaign in the 1980s and how, in the midst of tragedy, suspicion and fear, their resilient love and loyalty — and Papa's storytelling — keeps them going. On their harrowing journey as refugees to the United States, the dramatic ebb and flow of events are mirrored in the tapestries of one daughter's dreams.
Meet Kit: An American Girlby Valerie Tripp Year Published: Easy ReadingKit's world turns upside down when Mother's friends come to stay with them and Dad loses his business. Will life ever be the same again? When her father's business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.Note: This book is available in our Library.
My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquezby Monica Brown Year Published: Average
Can you imagine a shipwrecked sailor living on air and seaweed for eight days? Can you imagine a trail of yellow butterflies fluttering their wings to songs of love? Once, there was a little boy named Gabito who could. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps one of the most brilliant writers of our time. He is a tremendous figure, enormously talented, and unabashedly admired. This is his story, lovingly told, for children to enjoy. Using the imagery from his novels, Monica Brown traces the novelist's life in this creative nonfiction picture book from his childhood in Colombia to today. This is an inspiring story about an inspiring life, full of imagination and beauty.
Number the Starsby Lois Lowry Year Published: Easy ReadingAs the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Parvana's Journeyby Deborah Ellis Year Published: Easy ReadingParvana's journey continues in this sequel to The Breadwinner. Her father has died and she is searching for the rest of her family. Along the way she meets other children who are alone and together they make their way across war-torn Afghanistan.
Sacred Leafby Deborah Ellis Year Published: AverageAfter finally managing to escape from being held as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation, young Diego is taken in by the Ricardos, a poor, coca-farming family who provides a safe haven while he recovers from his ordeal. But even that brief respite comes to an end when the Bolivian army moves in and destroys the family's coca crop — and their livelihood. Diego eventually joins the cocaleros as they protest the destruction of their crops by barricading the roads and confronting the army head on. As tension builds to a dramatic standoff, he wonders whether he’ll ever find a way to return to his family. This thought-provoking book offers a different perspective of the war on drugs, revealing the terrible price it exacts from Bolivians who have grown coca for legitimate purposes for hundreds of years. And like all of Ellis’ books, it offers a sensitive and compelling look at the plight of children in developing countries.
The Great Depressionby Elaine Landeau Year Published: Challenging
The Mighty Miss Maloneby Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: Average"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it's 1936 and the Great Depression hits Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.Note: This book is available in our Library.
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An Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavezby Rudolfo Anaya Year Published: ChallengingThe heroic life of labor and civil rights activist César Chavéz greatly influenced the political and creative thinking of famed Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya. After Chavéz’ death in 1992, Anaya wrote this poem eulogizing the man and his life’s work. Echoing Shelley’s elegy on the death of John Keats, the poem expresses the grief of la gente, but closes by calling all peoples together to continue the non-violent struggle for freedom and justice. The book—endorsed by the César Chavéz Foundation—includes an essay by Anaya detailing the effect that Chavéz had on his own vision and a chronology of Chavéz’ life. Powerful super realistic illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez bring home the significance of César Chavéz to the American cultural landscape.
Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Songby Ashley Bryan Year Published: AverageAshley's autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted — finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched — keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted — continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten. Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner. As you might imagine, his story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It's a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!
César ¡Sí, se puede! (Yes, We Can!)by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Year Published:An award-winning picture-book biography in free-verse celebrating the life of the great labor leader
Climbing out of the Great Depressionby Sean Price Year Published: Easy Reading
Dancing Homeby Alma Flor Ada, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta Year Published: AverageA year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls find their own way to belong. Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American—just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she’s created for herself crumbles. Things aren’t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadn’t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupe’s hope of seeing him in the United States comforts her some, but learning a new language in a new school is tough. Lupe, as much as Margie, is in need of a friend.
Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetryby Milton Meltzer Year Published: ChallengingMilton Meltzer, one of the most respected chroniclers of twentieth-century history, turns his attention to the most personal of genres—poetry—and selects fifty-nine poems by American writers that celebrate, assail, and define events within seven major historical periods of the United States. Old masters, such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and William Cullen Bryant and modern-day greats, such as Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as today's young poets offer their personal perspectives of events that have shaped our lives. This rich, important collection features brief notations that precede each poem, placing each work in the context of the period. Biographies of each poet illuminate each life. Here is a major poetry anthology that gives young readers "the poets' sense of the past, as well as of the life around them . . . extending and deepening the range of our own experience."
Ida Early Comes Over the Mountainby Robert Burch, D. Brodie (Editor) Year Published: Easy ReadingLife has been lonely for the Sutton children since their mother died, so it's a happy day when Ida Early comes to be their housekeeper. Ida would rather read the comics out loud than wash dirty dishes. She's a champ at tiddlywinks, and at the drop of a hat she entertains them with tall tales about her past exploits. Has she really been a lion tamer? A cook on a pirate ship? And a stunt pilot? One thing the Suttons know for sure - with Ida around, anything is possible. Tough times in rural Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when spirited Ida Early arrives to keep house for the Suttons.
If You Could Wear My Sneakers!by Sheree Firch Year Published: ChallengingSheree Fitch and Darcia Labrosse raise global awareness of the rights of children in this delightful collection of poems interpreting fifteen of the 54 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Out of the Dustby Karen Hesse Year Published: ChallengingIn a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.Note: This book is available in our Library.
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelouby Maya Angelou, Edwin Graves Wilson (Editor), Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator) Year Published: ChallengingAn acclaimed anthology receives a new design and cover! Award-winning writer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou is a true American icon. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions and experiences, from the playful “Harlem Hopscotch” to the prideful “Me and My Work” to the soul-stirring “Still I Rise.” Award-winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue masterfully illustrates each verse, and renowned academic Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, a longtime colleague of Dr. Angelou, has written the book's introduction, introductions to the poems, and annotations.
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A Rainforest Habitiatby Molly Aloian and Bobby Kalman Year Published: Easy ReadingNote: This book is available in our Library.
Bats, Bugs and Biodiversity: Adventures in the Amazonian Rain Forestby Susan Goodman Year Published: AverageA group of 7th graders from Michigan recently participated in a rain-forest workshop. As they explored the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, the students learned about bats, bugs, birds, and biodiversity, and paddled canoes on the longest river in the world. More importantly, they grew to understand and respect nature's way of give and take. Full-color photos.
Biodiversity of Temperate Forestsby Greg Pyers Year Published: Challenging
Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems about the Rain Forestby Laura Purdie Salas Year Published: Challenging
Discover the Amazon: The World's Largest Rainforestby Lauri Berkenkamp Year Published: AverageFrom avoiding predators to navigating through the jungle without a compass, this innovative guide provides kids with the vital tools one would need if lost in the Amazon. Offering practical survival techniques based on real stories, children will learn lessons that can be adapted to almost any outdoor situation, such as making fire, deciphering animal tracks, and using the natural world for all to create necessary supplies.
El Sonador (The Dreamer)by Pam Munoz Ryan Year Published: Easy ReadingNeftali finds beauty and wonder everywhere: in the oily colors of mud puddles; a lost glove, sailing on the wind; the music of birds and language. He loves to collect treasures, daydream, and write--pastimes his authoritarian father thinks are for fools. Against all odds, Neftali prevails against his father's cruelty and his own crippling shyness to become one of the most widely read poets in the world, Pablo Neruda. This moving story about the birth of an artist is also a celebration of childhood, imagination, & the strength of the creative spirit. Sure to inspire young writers & artists.
Hands of the Rain Forest: The Embera People of Panamaby Rachel Crandell Year Published: AverageThe Emberá people of Panama use their hands to turn the gifts of the tropical rain forest into meals and essential daily supplies. Emberá children quickly follow in the steps of their parents. They learn to fish for crabs and carve a canoe from wood. Nothing is wasted in the rain forest—leaves are used to make baskets, the juice of the jagua fruit is applied as a mosquito repellent, and the river provides fresh water for bathing. Through firsthand experience, children are introduced to the lifestyle and traditions of the Emberá culture.
Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forestsby Gail Gibbons Year Published: AverageIn Nature's Green Umbrella, lushly illustrated introduction to one of the world's most complicated ecosystems. For only if we know how important rain forests are to the whole world will we truly understand the need to protect them.
One Day in the Tropical Rain Forestby Jean Craighead George Year Published: AverageFrom a microscopic look at a colony of vicious army ants to a timely overview of the rain forest's vital role in the Earth's ecology, Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George takes readers on an unforgettable journey through a wondrous tropical landscape.
Protecting Earth's Rain Forestsby Anne Welsbacher Year Published: AverageOverview From brilliantly colored birds and wild elephants to towering trees and exotic flowers, rain forests are home to half of Earth's plants and animals. People living in rain forests depend on this vast array of life, and Earth itself relies on the world's rain forests to keep our climate and atmosphere in balance. But rain forests around the world are under threat. Once rain forests covered nearly 14 percent of Earth, but now they have shrunk to less than half that size. People around the globe are joining the quest to save rain forests. With engaging text and eye-catching images-plus a special Going Green section-this book tells you all about Earth's rain forests and what you can do to protect them.
Rain Forest Explorerby Greg Pyers Year Published: Average
Rain Forestsby Nancy Smiler Levinson Year Published: Easy ReadingGorillas, parrots, hissing cockroaches, and iguanas make their homes in rain forests, as do thousands of other kinds of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles. There are also many trees and plants in each of the two types of rain forests (tropical and temperate). Filled with important facts, this book also uses beautiful, labeled illustrations to show life in rain forests from all over the world, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, and the Pacific Northwest of North America.
Rain Forests: Gardens of Greenby Laura Purdie Salas Year Published: Average
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forestby Lynne Cherry Year Published: Easy ReadingExhausted from his labors, a man chopping down a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest puts down his ax, and, as he sleeps, the animals who live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world. "This modern fable with its urgent message contains an abundance of information in the text and in the lush paintings that portray the wildlife and vegetation of the area."-The Horn Book 9 X 11. Full-color illustrations The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.Note: This book is available in our Library.
The Magic School Bus in the Rain Forest: A Book about Rainforest Ecologyby Eva Moore, Bruce Degen Year Published: Easy ReadingMs. Frizzle and the kids are off on an adventure to the wet and wonderful rain forest. Their mission: to find out why Ms. Frizzle's cocoa tree has stopped growing cocoa beans.
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earthby Rochelle Strauss Year Published: AverageIf every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, that tree would have 1 750 000 leaves. Since humans count for just one leaf on the tree, we have a lot to learn about the millions of other forms of life with which we share the world. A dazzlingly illustrated and child-friendly introduction to biodiversity, Tree of Life shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms -- and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet. Tree of Life is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Tropical Rain Forestsby Peter Benoit Year Published: Averagenside, You'll Find: How rain forests are important to the health of the entire planet; Maps, a timeline, photos-and peoples who live in or near rain forests; Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!
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Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazonby Sy Montgomery Year Published: Average
How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Unlocking tghe Mysteries of the Rainforestby Adrian Forsyth Year Published: Challenging
Morpha: A Rain Forest Storyby Michael Tennyson Year Published: Average
Rain Forest Animalsby Francine Galko Year Published: Easy Reading
Rain Forest Animalsby Carolyn Franklin Year Published: Average
Rain Forest Plantsby Pamella Dell Year Published: Easy Reading
The Case of the Monkeys That Fell from the Trees: And Other Mysteries in Tropical Natureby Susan E. Quinlan Year Published: Challenging
The Search for Cures from the Rainforestby Carol Ballard Year Published: Challenging
The Tarantula Scientistby Sy Montgomery Year Published: Average
Up a Rainforest Treeby Carole Telford and Rod Theodorou Year Published: Average
Young Charles Darwin and theVoyage of the BEAGLEby Ruth Ashby Year Published: Challenging
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A Butterfly is Patientby Dianna Hutts Year Published: Challenging
A Butterfly is Patientby Dianna Hutts Year Published: Challenging
Ant Citiesby Arthur Dorros Year Published: Easy Reading
Bizarre Bugsby Doug Wechsler Year Published: Average
Bugs! Antsby Kristin Petrie Year Published: Average
Butterfliesby Seymour Simon Year Published: Average
Butterfly and Mothsby Nic Bishop Year Published: Average
Centipedesby Kristin Petrie Year Published: Average
Centipedesby Rebecca Rissman Year Published: Easy Reading
Deadly Praying Mantisby Meish Goldish Year Published: Average
Dirty Rotten Bugs? Arthropods Unite to Tell Their Side of the Storyby No Author Text Year Published: Average
DK Insectby Laurence A Mound Year Published: Challenging
Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterfliesby Dorothy Hinshaw Patent Year Published: Average
Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders and Other Extreme Bugsby Deirdre A. Prischmann Year Published: Average
Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula: The World's Biggest Spiderby Meish Goldish Year Published: Average
Insectsby Sally Underwood Year Published: Easy Reading
Insects in Dangerby Kathryn Smithyman Year Published: Average
It's a Butterfly's Lifeby Irene Kelly Year Published: Average
Life in a Rain Forestby Anne Welsbacher Year Published: Challenging
Life in the Rain Forestby Lucy Baker Year Published: Average
Paleo Bugs: Survival of the Creepiestby Timothy Bradley Year Published: Challenging
Rain Forestby Elinore Greenwood Year Published: Average
Rainforestsby Andrew Langley Year Published: Challenging
Secrets of the Plant-Killing Ants and More!by Ana Maria Rodriguez Year Published: Average
The Bug Scientistsby Donna Jackson Year Published: Challenging
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Alphabet of Sportsby Barbie Heit Schwaeber Year Published: Easy Reading
Best Seat in the House: A Basketball Memoirby Spike ee Year Published: Average
Color os Sportsby Laura Purdie Salas Year Published: Easy Reading
Heroes of Baseball: The Men Who Made it America's Favorite Gameby Robert Lipsyte Year Published: Challenging
Jackie Robinson: Breaking the Color Barrierby Sean Prince Year Published: Easy Reading
Let Me Play: The Story of Title lX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in Americaby Karen Blumenthal Year Published: Challenging
Rooting for the Home Team: Sports in the 1800sby Zachary Chastain Year Published: Challenging
Soccer in North Americaby Mike Kennedy Year Published: Easy Reading
Sports (DK Eyewitness Book)by Tim Hammond Year Published: Challenging
Sports and Societyby Scott Witmer Year Published: Challenging