CRRL Kids: Good Reading for 5th Grade 2014
Annotation:One girl’s story of her capture, her witness to the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad and the Supreme Court trial that helps her return to Africa.
Annotation:The answers to intriguing geography questions that appeal to the reader’s curiosity: where is the tallest mountain, where is the Petrified Forest, where are diamonds found, and more. Part of a series.
Annotation:In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State. They are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome.
Annotation:A young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch. They know that they have been chosen to care for him. The three become an unlikely family, but how long before someone returns to claim him.
Annotation:Boy Scout Max "The Wolf" cannot remember how he came to be in a strange forest, but soon he and three talking animals are on the run from hunters who will alter the foursome's very essence if they catch them.
Annotation:When Kat, her father, and brother visit an old gold mine that has been turned into an amusement park, she falls down a shaft and meets an ancient dragon, the last of his kind, and inadvertently triggers a twenty-first century gold rush.
Annotation:When their parents' seedy motel burns down the same night they are visited by a strange man with skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and have an important role in keeping it alive. Part of a series.
Annotation:Hobie Hanson's father is gone to war so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense. When he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is frightened and determined to get him back.
Annotation:Through National Geographic's heart-stopping you-are-there reenactment photography and in-depth research and reporting, readers will be transported back to this key episode in our national and local history. Part of a series.
Annotation:Ulysses, a squirrel who is nearly killed in an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after Flora, a comic-loving cynic, rescues him and they begin their own superhero adventure.
Annotation:While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Annotation:Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school.
Annotation:This travel guide to space tourism includes information about accommodations, attractions, what to pack and what food to expect.
Annotation:In Regency England, when twelve-year-old Kat discovers she has magical powers, she tries to use them to rescue her sister from marrying a man she does not love. Part of a series.
Annotation:In a world where everyone possesses magic, powerless twelve-year-old Abby is sent to a special school to learn how to negotiate a magical world with her unmagical "disability.”
Annotation:The histories of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot intertwine to show the close relationship of the parrots' lives and the struggles of human activities altering the islands ecosystem.
Annotation:When feisty twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie, an aspiring paleontologist, goes to spend the summer taking care of her older sister's seven-year-old son at the mobile home park in Frog Level, Virginia, she never expects to enter a beauty pageant.
Annotation:When authorities threaten to take Sophie from Charles who has been her guardian since he found her in the midst of the wreckage of a ship, the pair go to Paris to try to find her mother. There they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."
Annotation:In 1887, the social-climbing Cranstons voyage from New York to London to find a husband for their awkward older daughter. They are secretly accompanied by Helena and her mouse siblings, for whom the journey is both terrifying and wondrous.
Annotation:Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
Annotation:Mo LoBeau washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, after a hurricane. Eleven years later, she and her best friend Dale turn detective when there’s a local murder to solve to save those they love.
Annotation:Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs, and a world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer.