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Favorite novels for 4-6th gifted students? Thanks!


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*The Westing Game - such a great book! My students kept notebooks like detectives to try to figure it out.
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I'll second The Westing Game!

Also love Hatchet, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and The Giver.
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I'm just reading "Ms. Bixby's Last Day" and it's fantastic! I plan to read it with gifted 5th. Otherwise "Blood on the River," "The Phantom Tollbooth," "Esperanza Rising," "Wonder," "Wringer"
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My kids love "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and "The Phantom Tollbooth."


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I second Phantom Tollbooth. A recent favorite is When You Reach Me, which I tie into A Wrinkle in Time.

With my sixth graders, I taught Poe and Shakespeare. We read Twelfth Night. It was a great introduction to text that was actually too hard for them, which taught them how (and why) to use all of those reading strategies they'd been taught.
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I enjoy starting the year with a book that can lead to discussions about giftedness, what it means, what responsibilities come with talent, etc. In the past I have had my students read Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This year I plan to have them read The Red Queen. We have discussed the quotes of "Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely" and "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"
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is one of my all time favorites with my sixth graders, but I noticed it was very difficult for my fourth graders with limited vocabulary - we had to spend so much time explaining word play, it took away from the story.

I LOVE A Wrinkle in Time and with the new movie coming out, there might be a renewed interest.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:55 PM
 
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The Mysterious Benedict Society series
I second Wonder.
The Secret Keepers
My Side of the Mountain
The Tale of Despereaux
The Mouse and His Child- as a read aloud, lots of voices to do!
Hook's Revenge
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders series
Fires of Invention- newer book, first in a series, What if creativity were against societal norms?
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I also second the entire Hatchet series.
Paolini's Inheritance Cycle
The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Classics in general are great- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Little Men ...
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Here are a few we use:
Frindle and/or No Talking by Andrew Clements
Punished & Numbed by David Lubar
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Love That Dog
Tuck Everlasting
10 Days Biography series
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes


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