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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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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Rules

RulesRules
Author: Cynthia Lord
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 780

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Pages: 200

 

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Awkward

AwkwardAwkward
Author: Svetlana Chmakova
Grade(s): 5
Lexile:

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

Pages: 210


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The Contract

The ContractThe Contract
Author: Derek Jeter
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 770

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

Pages: 151


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The Hero Two Doors Down

The Hero Two Doors DownThe Hero Two Doors Down
Author: Sharon Robinson
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 640

Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson.

Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited–and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.

Pages: 202


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Lea Dives In (American Girl)

Lea Dives In, (American Girl)Lea Dives In

Author: Lisa Yee
Grade(s):  4
Lexile: 750

Excited for her family’s trip to Brazil, Lea is worried about going into the ocean, but when a new friend encourages her to embrace all that Brazil has to offer, fun turns to danger and she must prove to herself, and her brother, that she is brave.

Pages: 151

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Counting by 7s

Counting by7sCounting by 7s
Author: Holly Sloan
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 770

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Pages: 380


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Heart of a Dolphin

Heart of a DolphinHeart of a Dolphin
Author: Catherine Hapka
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 800

When Annie spots a dolphin trapped in fishing line in the cove near her house, she rushes to free him. Everyone cheers when she returns to shore, but only Annie knows that she and the dolphin have forged a special bond. He’s become her friend — and keeps returning to the cove to visit and play!

Meanwhile, out of the water, nothing is going right. Annie’s best friend, Emma, has changed, and keeps ditching her to hang out with snobby Morgan. At home, Annie’s busy parents barely seem to have time for her, and she’s stuck with her hyper younger brother always tagging along. Then a misunderstanding with Morgan makes things even worse… and ultimately leaves Annie alone and in danger. Can her dolphin friend help her when she needs it most?

 


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