Best Books for 5th Grade Boys
with Kids Wings Units to Guide Literature Circles

Humorous
*****
Aliens on Vacation, The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast by Clete Barrett Smith
*****The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tony Angleberger
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott
Elijah of Buxton (Newbery Honor)(You'll laugh and cry, but dialect is sometimes tough…an all-time favorite)
Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr--The hysterical story of Simon who sets out to drive a herd of ..uh....turkeys...to market in Colorado in the 1800s
Hubert Invents the Wheel (hysterical, set in Stone Age)

Overcoming Disabilities
*****One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch

Survival/Adventure
*****Surviving Antarctica (awesome, challenging, futuristic science fiction)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Caldecott Winner)
Happenstance Found
by P. W. Catanese
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Sports Genre
*****Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica
One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch

Mystery
*****Crispin, The Cross of Lead by Avi (Newbery Medal)

Biography / Autobiography
Spy (Great, two-point of view Biography of Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War novel)

Historical Fiction:
*****Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen-- Put an unforgettable face on The American Revolution from the eyes of a 13-year-old patriot caught up the atrocities of the war. Informational text inserted between ficionalized chapters.
*****The Mostly True Adventures of Home P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick--Civil War
*****Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin--Stalin's Russia
*****Crispin, The Cross of Lead (Newbery Medal)--Medieval England
*****Spy (Great, two-point of view Biography of Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War novel)
*****On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck (Kids Wings Web Page and Literature Guide coming soon)
Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart (Civil War, slavery)
Elijah of Buxton (Newbery Honor)(You'll laugh and cry, but dialect is sometimes tough…an all-time favorite)
The Earth Dragon Awakes! by Laurence Yep--a two-point-of-view compelling story about the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Newbery Medal)
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare --Thirteen-year old Matt must stay alone and try to survive in his Pre-Revolution Maine homestead while his father goes for the rest of his family--Unit

Realistic Fiction:
*****Lawn Boy and Lawn Boy Returns by Gary Paulsen
*****The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tony Angleberger
Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman-- Lots of puzzles to solve

Science Fiction

Double Identity (click the hidden links . . . . . on the webpage for Internet extensions)
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott
Hubert Invents the Wheel (hysterical, set in Stone Age)

 

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