Multcolib Kids Picks: 4th-5th Grade--Close to Home (or School)

Heart of A Shepherd
Heart of A Shepherd By Parry, Rosanne (Book - 2009 ) j PARRY 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis By O'Connor, Barbara (Book - 2009 ) j OCONNOR 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.

Shiloh By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds (Book - 1991 ) j NAYLOR Available in some locations

Annotation:When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Dogs and Cats
Dogs and Cats By Jenkins, Steve (Book - 2007 ) j 636.7 J528d 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Find out why cats and dogs act as they do. A book for dogs, cats and all the people who love them.

The Misfits
The Misfits By Howe, James (Book - 2003 ) y HOWE 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.

The Other Half of My Heart
The Other Half of My Heart By Frazier, Sundee Tucker (Book - 2010 ) j FRAZIER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.

Mockingbird By Erskine, Kathryn (Book - 2010 ) j ERSKINE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

Sassy The Silver Secret By Draper, Sharon M. (Book - 2010 ) j DRAPER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Because she has a terrible singing voice, fourth-grader Sassy must use a different talent to be part of her school's musical performance on the importance of saving our planet.

No Talking
No Talking By Clements, Andrew (Book - 2007 ) j CLEMENTS Available in some locations

Annotation:The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan Words to My Life's Song By Bryan, Ashley (Book - 2009 ) j B-Br84a 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:An introduction to the life and career of the writer and artist Ashley Bryan, a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Angleberger, Tom (Book - 2010 ) j ANGLEBERG 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

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