2016 Staff Picks: 4th & 5th Grade

Youth Services staff staff picks for 4th-5th grades.

  • A Boy Named Queen

    2016 by Sara Cassidy

    This very short book does a great job with themes of friendship, bullying and empathy.

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  • Pax

    2016 by Sara Pennypacker

    Peter and his pet fox, Pax, are separated and must find their way back to each other. Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, this is a terrific survival story.

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  • A Long Pitch Home

    2016 by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

    Bilal is an excellent cricket player in Pakistan, but when his family immigrates to the U.S., he struggles to reclaim his sense of self through baseball (not as similar to cricket as people say!).

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  • The Wild Robot

    2016 by Peter Brown

    Roz, a robot stranded on an island populated by woodland creatures, becomes an integral part of the island community. An unusual and heartfelt novel about what it means to find and make a family for yourself.

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  • Wolf Hollow : a novel

    2016 by Lauren Wolk

    In post-WW II America, 12-year-old Annabelle struggles to stand up against a bully who targets people she cares about.

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  • Booked

    2016 by Kwame Alexander

    This entertaining and fast-moving novel in verse takes on issues that kids can relate to--bullying, family troubles, homework and more.

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  • Ghosts

    2016 by Raina Telegemeier

    Discovering that ghosts are real is very complicated when your little sister has a progressive illness. Another terrific graphic novel from this author dealing with real issues for middle schoolers.

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