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  Recommended Reading List For Grades 5 & 6
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  • Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman:
    Jake and Jim Ugly is mongrel, part-wolf dog, adventure through the Old West.
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary:
    In second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book.
    He never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later.
  • Strider by Beverly Cleary:
    A sensitive story of friendship and growing up. Sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw.
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor:
    Marty tried to hide a dog from his family and the dog's owner, a mean man.
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl:
    Humorous stories from the author's childhood in England.
  • Lives of the Athletes by Kathleen Krull:
    Twenty true stories of athletes, mostly admirable, occasionally quirky.
  • Indian Chiefs by Russell Freeman:
    Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who lead their people in historic moments.
  • El Chino by Allen Say:
    The biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain.
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  • The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton:
    African-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and a desire for freedom.
  • The Rainbow People by Laurence Yep:
    A collection of twenty Chinese folktales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations.
  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie:
    A Chinese girl overcomes the wickedness of her step family to become the bride of a prince.
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  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis:
    The lives of an African-American family are changed in the summer of 1963.
  • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare:
    Left alone in the family wilderness homes, a boy survives with help from Indians.
  • The Terrible Wave by Marden Dahlstedt:
    This is about the Johnstown's Flood in Pennsylvania, caused by a dam breaking on May 31, 1889. The novel retells the actual events of the flood through the eyes of Megan, a 14 year old girl, whose way of life is swept away in this strategic event.
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  • Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix:
    When an epidemic hits her 1840 village, Jessie discovers that it is really a 1995 tourist site.
  • Time for Andrew: Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn:
    Drew goes back in time to 1910 and lives the life of his great uncle.
  • Race to Disaster by Peg Kehret:
    Rosie and Kayo race to find a missing nursing home man and find themselves prisoners too.

  • Dollhouse Murder by Betty Ren Wright:
    Strange occurrences lead Amy and her sister to unravel and old murder mystery.
  • View From the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts:
    A fast pace mystery about a murder that only a young boy witnessed.
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  • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry:
    Life is full of problems, like boys, parents and a new baby brother, for ten-year-old Anastasia.
  • Flip-Flop girl by Katherine Paterson:
    A nine-year-old comes to terms with death and shattered dreams after her father's illness.
  • Bobby Baseball by Robert Kimmel Smith:
    Ten-year-old Bobby is passionate about baseball and convinced that he is a great player.
  • The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson:
    The terrible Herdman family disrupts school with wild behavior and more than a few lies.
  • Child of the Owl by Laurence Yep:
    A savvy street kid finds her roots in the maze of San Franscisco's Chinatown.
  • Boys at Work by Gary Soto:
    Rudy and Alex come up with a variety of ways to earn money to replace a broken discman.
  • The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg:
    Four sixth-grade students work with their teacher to prepare for an academic bowl competition.
  • The Fear Place by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor:
    Gordon leaves after a fight with his brother, Doug. Doug must overcome his fear and search for him.
  • The Junkyard Dog by Robert Campbell:
    Erica rescues a neglected dog and learns to deal with her new step-father.
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden:
    After Chester, a mouse, arrives in the Times Square subway station from his native Connecticut via a picnic basket, he takes up residence in the Bellinis' newsstand. He makes friends who have several escapades in New York City.

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