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Battle of the Books - Fifth Grade

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1: TheTheThe | TTTthe | The time is the 1930's, during the Great Depression. Times are hard for everyone. Especially if your mother has died and you've never known your father.

2: Bud is moved from an orphanage to one foster family after another. All his belongings are in an old suitcase, which is all he has with him when he decides to run away from a cruel foster family to try to find the one person he thinks is his father.

3: Bud travels by foot from Flint to Grand Rapids, Michigan, using his own list of rules "to Have a Funner Life and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself."

4: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis winner of the Newbery Award

5: Whose voice could have helped Allie down from the cliff? Allie is sure it was the ghost of a girl murdered in the glen years ago, but who will believe her?

6: As Allie tries to solve the mystery of the ghost's appearance, she uncovers facts about the mysterious death of this ghost girl.

7: The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice Bluebonnet Award winner

8: Unpopular Bird (Burdette Weaver) needs a friend, so when Harlem moves to her small town she knows she has to make friends with him before “somebody poisons his mind” against her.

9: When the state spelling bee is announced, Bird hopes to reach her goals—to become famous and to go to Disney World (top prize in the spelling contest)—but she needs a partner. Should she work with Harlem, whom everyone thinks is mean and dumb?

10: Slowly, Bird's dreams of "fame and glory" become secondary to the real-life highs and lows of being a true friend. This is both a funny and sad story.

11: Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor

12: Peg couldn't wait until the Homecoming parade to see if her 7th grade class's float would win first place.

13: But Peg's hopes for Homecoming were completely forgotten when one of her legs gave way at school and down she went.

14: Peg was admitted to a hospital and then transferred to another, where within days, she was completely paralyzed. This is the true story of the author's battle with polio.

15: Small Steps: the Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

16: Ten year old Melody has a photographic memory, but few know how brilliant she is. After all, she has never spoken one word.

17: Dealing with her cerebral palsy takes a turn when she learns to communicate through her new MediTalker computer.

18: Once people discover how smart Melody is, she qualifies to help her school's quiz bowl team. The easiest part of it is using her brain to answer the quiz questions.

19: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

20: Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.

21: Despereaux Tilling is an unlikely hero: very small, with huge ears and no proper mouse instincts. He'd rather read a book than eat one.

22: Rejected by the mouse community and hopelessly in love with Princess Pea, the lovely child princess of his castle, he must muster all of his courage to rescue her from an evil servant and an angry rat.

23: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Newbery Medal winner

24: After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda & Leo, having fallen out on their tenth, have not been speaking to each other for the last year.

25: As the two prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately, peculiar things begin to happen. | Amanda's day is disastrous: she doesn't make the gymnastics team and her mother loses her job.

26: But what's worse is that the next morning, the same rotten day repeats itself. Both Amanda and Leo discover that they are caught in a time loop, waking up each morning to find themselves repeating their eleventh birthday and that having a birthday every day is not as much fun as it sounds.!

27: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

28: Drew Tyler finds himself in a dilapidated old house with his 80-year-old great aunt Blythe while his mom and dad go away to France for the whole summer, Drew is unsettled to hear his great-grandfather shout that he doesn't want the boy anywhere near him.

29: By removing a bag of marbles from beneath an attic floorboard, he and Blythe unwittingly open a door to the past and clear the way for the visitation of the boy Andrew Tyler, a distant relative who looks just like Drew.

30: The time-slip fantasy is tantalizing, as Drew and his look-alike ancestor, Andrew, trade places and alter family history. Sometimes traveling through time is easy... but getting back to the present can be deadly.

31: Time for Andrew: a Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn Bluebonnet Award winner

32: Read all 8 Battle of the Books titles. | Try out for the team.!

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35: Created by Ann Watley 2011 for Butler Elementary Library

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