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Hello! So I am a teacher in a 4/5 classroom - which would be 4th & 5th graders combined. I have just finished my first year of teaching, and I am already anxiously planning my next year.

As I do so, I am thinking about what books I could use for my literature circles next year. My classroom LOVES when I read to them or when we read together, which is awesome. This past year we read many different novels together:
Holes, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Maniac Magee, Freak the Mighty, Warriors: Into the Wild, and Among the Hidden.

With that being said, they all loved each of the books we read this year, but I will have the same 4th graders coming back as 5th graders. So I would like some new suggestions of books that have maybe worked in another classroom if you have any?!


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Let's see....Esperanza Rising, Wonder, Freedom Crossing, Loser, Riding Freedom, Lion Witch and the Wardrobe to name a few. Enjoy.
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City of Ember, Star Girl, Crossover, Out of My Mind
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I loop from 4th to 5th- so I know what this problem is like

Based on what they have loved here are some more suggestions:

Since they liked "Harry Potter" they may like "Gregor the Overlander" or "Sisters Grimm" (fantasy elements)

Since they liked "Maniac Magee" try "Crash" (same author- excellent book!) or "Crenshaw" (about a homeless family)

Since they liked "Warriors" try "A Dog's Life" (point of view of an animal) or "My Life in Dog Years"

Since they liked "Freak the Mighty" I'm going to second FLNUTS suggestion of "Out of My Mind" OR Maceola's suggestions for "Wonder" (same themes)

Since they liked "Holes" maybe "Hoot" (boy hero who overcomes adversity- both were made into good movies, too)

Since they liked "Among the Hidden," "Number the Stars" has many similarities and is historical fiction.

Also, I have to shout out one of my favorite authors- Kate DiCamillo- ANY BOOK.
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The Cay
Witch of Blackbird Pond
Shh! We're Writing The Constitution
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I like your comparison suggestions. I think teachers should also try some of the new books on the Caldecott and Newbery lists for their states. Florida has the Sunshine Book list and Maryland has the Black-eyed Susan lists. In Maryland, students vote for the books.
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