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Fifth Grade Books

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A Week in the Woods - Andrew Clements
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .C59118 We 2002
ISBN: 0689858027
Publication Date: 2004-04-01
Collision course The fifth-grade Week in the Woods is a beloved tradition of Hardy Elementary, where Mark Chelmsley (the Fourth) is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school. But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr. Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand. But it may be too late for Mark to change Mr. Maxwell's opinion of him. On the first day of the Week, the tension between teacher and student explodes, and in a reckless moment, Mark puts not only himself, but also Mr. Maxwell, in grave danger. Can two such strong adversaries work together to save their lives?

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Chevrolet Saturdays - Candy Dawson Boyd
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .B69157 Chf 1993
ISBN: 0027117650
Publication Date: 1993-05-28
After his parents divorce, Joey's mother marries Mr. Johnson, but Joey rejects & alienates his kindly stepfather. When Joey makes amends, new family ties are formed.

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Frindle - Andrew Clements; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .C59118 Fr 1996
ISBN: 0689806698
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen -- it's a frindle. It doesn't take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have readers inventing their own words. Brian Selznick's black-and-white illustrations enhance the humor in this unforgettable story.

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Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge - Susan Richards Shreve; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .S55915 Jo 1993
ISBN: 0394843622
Publication Date: 1993-04-19
Joshua T. Bates becomes the target of fifth-grade bullies when he reluctantly befriends a class nerd in this long-awaited sequel to the enormously popular The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates. The funny, honest story about how an average fifth-grader deals with peer pressure and fitting in will bring a cheer from middle-grade readers. Illustrated.

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Just Call Me Stupid - Tom Birdseye
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .B5213 Ju 1993
ISBN: 0140379541
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
Terrified of failing and convinced that he is stupid, a fifth grader who has never learned to read begins to gain self-confidence with the help of an outgoing new girl next door.

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Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade - Barthe DeClements
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .D3584 No 1990
ISBN: 1557360723
Publication Date: 1987-10-01
A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.

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Surviving Brick Johnson - Laurie Myers; Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .M9873 Su 2000
ISBN: 0395980313
Publication Date: 2000-09-18
Alex is running for his life. After making fun of the notorious bully Brick Johnson, he’s now convinced that Brick is out to get him. There is only one way to survive Brick Johnson—take karate lessons and become a powerful sensei. But after Brick shows up in karate class and treats Alex with respect, Alex’s picture of him begins to change. How can Brick be a bully and a nice guy at the same time? Accompanied by Dan Yaccarino’s humorous illustrations, this funny, fast-paced story challenges readers to explore the way we think about people—and to break down the stereotypes that may prevent us from finding true friendship.

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The Magnificent Mummy Maker - Elvira Woodruff
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .W8606 Mag 1994
ISBN: 0590457438
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
The mummy that Andrew creates for his fifth grade project seems to have special powers and helps him to understand his feelings about himself, his dead mother, and his stepbrother, whom he calls Mr. Gifted.


Sixth Grade Books

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Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice - Phillip Hoose
Call Number: CMC YA F 334 .M753 C6554 2009
ISBN: 0374313229
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.   Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's journal - Jeff Kinney
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K6232 Dia 2007
ISBN: 0810993139
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Boys don’t keep diaries#151;or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, #147;Just don’t expect me to be all #145;Dear Diary’ this and #145;Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things. Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day. nbsp; F&P level: T

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My Name Is Brain Brian - Jeanne Betancourt
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .B46626 My 1993
ISBN: 0590449222
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Jeanne Betancourt is the author of dozens of books for children, including the successful Pony Pals series. She lives on the Upper West Side of New York City. Visit her at www.jeannebetancourt.com

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Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies - Eve Bunting; Aleta Jenks (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .B91527 Otu 1990
ISBN: 0064403904
Publication Date: 1992-10-20
When a gorgeous seventh-grade boy moves across the street, Vicki is ecstatic-until she remembers her latest school assignment. For one week, Vicki and the rest of her sixth-grade class have to pretend they're parents and carry around five-pound bags of sugar dressed in baby clothes. And if he sees her carrying around a silly-looking sugar baby, Vicki is sure she'll die of embarrassment. Then one day the worst happens. Vicki has to ditch her baby before her hunky neighbor sees it-and the baby disappears. Now Vicki is frantic. What has happened to her poor sugar baby? And what will this do to her grade? There's only one thing to do-and that's to find out where the baby is, before an already sticky situation turns into an even bigger mess!

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The View from Saturday - E. L. Konigsburg
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K8352 Vi 1996
ISBN: 068980993X
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team?It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued.Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen.This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.


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