New Books for 5th Graders

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world?  While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer.  All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble.   Nina also deals with her changing friendship with  her best friend, Jorie.  It's even harder when she realizes they both  has a crush on the same neighbor boy,  This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.

Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.

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Wanderville by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

In 1904, 11-year-old Frances and her younger brother Harold are sent on an orphan train heading to Kansas from New York.  On the train they meet Jack, whose family could not afford to keep him.  When they hear rumors about horrible conditions that await them in Kansas, the three children jump the train.  They meet up with Alexander, a boy who has escaped from a work farm and set up his own "kids-only" town called Wanderville.  There they find happiness until the unthinkable happens. 

This is the first in a series of historical fiction.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the iRead kick-off on January 10.

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Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Reading Level: Grades 2 - 5

When Sylvia's family moved to a new town in California, her aunt took her and her brothers along with her cousins to register for school. The school secretary gave enrollment forms to her two light skinned, light haired cousins, but informed Sylvia and her brothers that they would have to attend the Mexican school. After getting the runaround from every branch of the local government in a town where it was not unusual to see signs that read, "No dogs or Mexicans allowed" Sylvia's father decided the only thing to do was sue the Westminster School District to prove that segregation was unfair; a point that had to be proven seven years later by the more famous Brown vs. The Board of Education case.

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