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Recommended books for grades 5-8

Archive for the ‘Quick Reads’ Category

THE GIVER, by Lois Lowry

August 4, 2014

The story: Jonas lives in a world that is safe, well ordered, and predictable. Everyone does a job they like, everyone is polite, and there’s no suffering, crime, or war. Why would anyone want to escape from such a place? Especially if they didn’t know there was any other choice. Because that’s another thing they […]


March 18, 2014

The story: Sean Rosen has an idea that will change the business of entertainment as we know it. But he doesn’t have an agent, and he doesn’t have a manager. And since he’s only 13, nobody will talk to him with out a manager or an agent. So Sean does what any normal kid would […]

MY LIFE AS A BOOK, by Janet Tashjian

January 31, 2014

The story:  Derek hates to read, so it really stinks when he realizes his parents are signing him up for “Learning Camp” this summer, instead of his usual activities of lazing around, feeding the dog, and hanging with his buddies.  Then suddenly a mystery turns up that involves Derek’s own life, and just as suddenly, he […]


January 27, 2014

The story:  A dad goes out to buy milk, and his kids wonder what the heck is taking so long.  All is explained, however, when dad returns and shares the morning’s harrowing, death-defying adventures: he has been kidnapped by aliens, and all might have been lost had he not kept his hand on (fortunately) the […]


November 13, 2008

  Bod’s life would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, taken in by ghosts when his family is murdered.  A mysterious shadow-dweller is his guardian, and the graveyard folk take good care of him … at least, until he’s old enough to wonder what’s on the other side of the spiked fence.  […]