Serafina’s Promise

Serafina's PromiseSerafina’s Promise
Author: Ann E. Burg
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 590

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.

Pages: 299

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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

Mystery on Museum MileEddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile
Author: Marcia Wells
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 710

Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Pages: 248

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All Four Stars

All Four StarsAll Four Stars
Author: Tara Dairman
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 950

Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.

Pages: 273

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Half a Chance

Half a ChanceHalf a Chance
Author: Cynthia Lord
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 690

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

Pages: 228

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The Terrible Two

The Terrible TwoThe Terrible Two
Authors: Jory John and Mac Barnett
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 620

When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

Pages: 214

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Absolutely Almost

Absolutely AlmostAbsolutely Almost
Author: Lisa Graff
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 750

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Pages: 288

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Fish in a Tree

Fish in a TreeFish in a Tree
Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 550

Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Pages: 274

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

Sword of SummerMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 630

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Pages: 503

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