5th Grade Summer Reading 2013

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All incoming 5th graders are required to choose one of the following books to read:




one_and_only_ivan.jpegThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate



The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade is home to a mangy group of performing animals which includes friends Ivan the gorilla, Stella the elephant and a stray dog, Bob. They are soon joined by Ruby, a baby elephant who is frightened and confused, after being torn away from her elephant family. Ivan is philosophical and expresses his view of life through art, which is sold by the owner of the mall. The financial situation causes both fame and changes which accompany notoriety.
(Description from the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2013-2014 Master List.)


The One and Only Ivan Vocabulary






Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Cliftonfreakie_fast_frankie.jpeg


Frankie Joe and his mom live a laid back life in Texas, but a string of bad choices lands his mom in jail, and Frankie Joe finds himself living in Illinois with the dad and stepfamily he never knew he had. Trying to make the best of a difficult situation, he uses his bicycle to deliver pizza in the hopes of earning enough money to bike back home to Texas. Through an unusual group of characters, Frankie Joe learns the meaning of responsibility, family and the joy of finding a place where you belong.
(Description from the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2013-2014 Master List.)


Freaky Fast Frankie Joe Vocabulary


5th Grade Suggested Reading Titles