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I've read Wonder for 3 years in a row, and I'm kind of over it now. I have books that I read over and over and over and never get bored by them, but that's not the case here.

I do still want to start the year with a similar theme. I already have Fish in a Tree that I usually read toward end of first semester. Do you have any other good novel recommendations about friendship, difference, kindness, perseverance?

ETA: I teach 5th.



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Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
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Takes place in California and Mexico
Naomiís brother has physical problems
Family problems
Art - wood and soap carvings
Spanish words
Every chapter has a title with a collective noun.
It is a great book! It has so much to talk about.
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Out of My Mind?
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I canít remeber what grade level you teach. I did Schooled, by Gordon Korman at the beginning of the year in 6th. Totally hits on all those themes, but is perhaps geared toward older kids.

Itís about this kid who is raised by his hippie grandma and then has to go to a regular school and doesnít fit in at all. Heís out of touch socially, but sweet and kind and makes a few odd friends along the way. The moment I first read this book I knew it would be a great read aloud! Chapters are told from different perspectives, and short, similar to Wonder.
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Thank you! I have all of those but haven't read them yet, so I will check them out.


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Old 08-08-2018, 02:34 AM
 
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Because of Mr. Terupt

Iíve used Out of My Mind and Counting by 7s in book clubs and the kids love them. Fish in a Tree is good, as well.
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Rules by Cynthia Lord

It's a great book about a 5th grade aged girl. It's about her trying to make social "rules" for her younger autistic brother. She's very concerned with how other people view her and her family, especially since she's trying to make friends with a new neighbor. Along the way she also befriends a differently-abled boy her age while going with her brother to physical therapy. Ultimately, she has to make the choice about worry about appearances or loving people for who they are.

My 5th graders loved it because they're always worried about how others view them. It's also relatively short, only about 170 pages. The best part is that it's usually one of the Scholastic Dollar Deal Books, so you can get a full class set for under $30.
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I just finished this, also by Gordon Korman and it's the book I'll read instead of Wonder this year. It's about a boy who falls off his roof, has a concussion and other injuries and has amnesia. He was an awful bully before the accident and has no memory of any of it. He gradually regsins his memory...I don't want to say anymore because it's a great book and there is lots to talk about as you read it. It's also told from different characters and their points of view.
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Freckleface- thanks for recommending Restart! I hadnít heard of that one and I just purchased it based on what you wrote.
OP- I also want to second Out of My Mind if you havenít read that one. Iíve read that one aloud several times and love it!


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Old 08-10-2018, 05:09 PM
 
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How about an autobiography - Ugly
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:20 PM
 
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Fish in a Tree-Your kids will love it.
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I start each 5th grade school year with The Tale of Despereaux. It has themes of friendship, bravery, doing the right thing. It is a book that I will never get tired of reading. The first group I read it to graduate this year.

Last year was the first year I had a kid roll their eyes and tell me they read it before. I responded with, "Ah, but you have not read it with me, dear reader!" By the third day, this kid was into it completely. lol.

I will say, though, that I cheat a bit. It is the ONLY book that I prefer to play the audio book instead of me read. The narrator of the audio book is AMAZINGLY perfect for telling this tale.
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I start each 5th grade school year with The Tale of Despereaux. It has themes of friendship, bravery, doing the right thing. It is a book that I will never get tired of reading. The first group I read it to graduate this year.
I *adore* Despereaux. I read it to my curent 5th graders when we study knights and chivalry, but I've read it to every grade level I've ever taught. I'm with you. I'll never tire of The Tale of Despereaux.

I don't use the audiobook, though, because I'm too selfish. I want to read it all myself.
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