New Books for 5th Graders

Star-crossed by Barbara Dee

Reading Level: Grades 4 through 8

Eighth-grader Matilda, who goes by Mattie, is not used to being in the spotlight. She is perfectly happy playing the side character of Paris in her middle-school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. However, she finds herself becoming more and more interested in the language of Shakespeare, as well as the cute new girl from England. But when the lead playing Romeo drops out, she is asked to step in to replace him. The only problem is, her crush Gemma Braithwaite is playing Juliet!

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If you enjoy this book, try:

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonski

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

Hideout by Watt Key

Reading Level: Ages 10-13

When 12-year-old Sam's father gave him his very own fishing boat, it came with rules.  He had to wear a life jacket.  He had to drive his boat carefully.  And he was to stay on the Pascagoula River.  But when Sam's school year ends with him being badly beaten by bullies, Sam feels the need to prove his courage.  So he breaks his father's rule and steers his boat into the dangerous waterways of the nearby bayou where he finds a half-wild boy living in an abandoned fishing shack. The desperate boy begs Sam to keep him a secret.  That promise launches Sam into a dangerous adventure...one that may cost him his life.

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Other gripping survival adventures include:

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs and

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale

Reading Level: Grades 3 through 5

Nosewise the dog thinks doors are a nuisance.  Doors always keep him away from interesting things.  Especially the door to the room of magic.  One day, the door opens and Nosewise is allowed to enter a world of enchantment.  When Merlin's apprentice Morgana playfully drapes her magic stone around his neck, Nosewise begins to talk.  Morgana and Nosewise are delighted...Merlin is not.  He decrees that Nosewise will never get  to use the stone again.  Or will he? 

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Some other great stories narrated by dogs include:

I, Jack by Patricia Finney

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe and

Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Mystery by Spencer Quinn

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