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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The Unwanteds

UnwantedsThe Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 880

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

Pages: 390

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Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

Ms. BixbyMs. Bixby’s Last Day
Author: John David Anderson
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 800

Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, and Topher, Brand and Steve come up with a plan to tell her how much she means to them.

Pages: 300

 

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The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My LifeThe War that Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 580

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Pages: 316

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Making Bombs for Hitler

Making Bombs for HitlerMaking Bombs for Hitler
Author: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 760

In 1943 ten-year-old Lida is torn away from her home in the Ukraine, separated from her little sister Larissa, and sent to a slave labor camp in Germany, but when she is moved and set to making bombs she sees a way to strike back at the Nazis.

Pages: 230

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Inquisitor's TaleThe Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Author: Adam Gidwitz
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 620

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Pages: 363

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Wolf Hollow

Wolf HollowWolf Hollow
Author: Laren Wolk
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 800

In 1943, twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

Pages: 291

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