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How to write a book report 5th grade

how to write a book report 5th grade

Kit's Wilderness by David Almond (Dell-Laurel Leaf, 1999).

Kit's family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town where his family has lived for generations, to be near his ailing grandfather. Here, Kit is invited by an odd neighbor boy to play a game called Death. The game and the town's haunted history get under Kit's skin, while the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur. This multi-generational tale is engrossing and chilling. 229 pages. Click here to buy the book on

Peak by Roland Smith (Harcourt, 2007).

When 14-year-old Peak Marcello is caught scaling a skyscraper to place his signature graffiti tag, he is offered a choice: spend three years in juvenile detention or climb Mt. Everest with his long-absent father. Though the choice might be easy, the journey is not. Peak is physically and emotionally challenged by the grueling climb, the weather, and the politics and drama of climbing culture. And the pressure is on, because if Peak can reach the summit before his 15th birthday, he'll break a world record and gain glory and money. Peak is gripping and surprising, and though it's written for a middle-grade audience, readers young and old will be sucked in by the sharp writing and memorable characters. 246 pages. Click here to buy the book on

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean (Harper Teen, 2005).

Sym Wates is obsessed with everything Antarctic — especially the doomed explorer Titus Oates, who died in a 1911 expedition to the South Pole. She is thrilled when her uncle Victor arranges to take her to Antarctica, but her delight doesn't last; it turns out that Uncle Victor has a strange ulterior motive for the trip and that some of Sym's fellow travelers aren't who they claim to be — especially Uncle Victor. The White Darkness weaves history, family drama and adventure into a thrilling tale. 373 pages. Click here to buy the book on

Classic Childhood Favorites

Baseball in April

and Other Stories by Gary Soto (Harcourt Paperbacks, 2000).

Set in a Latino community in Fresno, California, these contemporary short stories take on universal life lessons. Perfect for a fifth-grade reader, Soto is gifted at telling tales that intrigue and instruct kids. Baseball in April is sure to inspire discussion, so chat about it with your child. Originally published in 1990. 111 pages.

The Light Princess by George McDonald, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1984).

Just when you think your child might be getting too old for fairy tales, along comes this amazing 19th-century princess story to change both of your minds. Chock-full of puns and mixed with just the right blend of whimsy and ethics lessons, The Light Princess deserves a fresh set of 21st-century eyes. Resoundingly recommended. 110 pages.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer (Yearling, 1988).

Described by many children as "the best book ever," this is fantasy at its best. Full of irony and insights, Juster created a masterpiece when he wrote The Phantom Tollbooth. Give this book to your child and let the wave of words and numbers sweep them into a fantastical world. A clever, almost indescribable book that you may already know about, but is too indispensable to keep from mentioning it here. First published in 1961. 255 pages.

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The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett, illustrated by Tasha Tudor (HarperCollins, 1911).

Beautifully written, the book shows two selfish, disagreeable children transformed by the magic of nature and their own imaginations as they work to bring a near-dead garden back to life. For the serious kid reader, this is a stay-up-all night, flashlight-under-the-covers story with fine watercolor illustrations. Hodgson combines realism, mystery and moral sensibility to make a world children will love. 368 pages.

Read Aloud: Ages 9+. Read Alone: Ages 11+.

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