Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Books for 4th - 6th Graders

Click on the title to go to the book in our catalog.

Missing Manatee
Cynthia DeFelice
Skeet Waters is worried. He just found a dead manatee with a bullet hole in the Gulf of Mexico. Why would anyone kill a manatee? Meanwhile, as Skeet tries to solve this mystery, life happens around him. His parents are breaking up, maybe. His grandmother, Memaw, just won the karaoke contest. But one of Skeet's dreams comes true: Dirty Dan the Tarpon Man invites Skeet to go fly-fishing. Dirty Dan helps Skeet to see that things aren't always what they seem at first. (Ages 8-12)

The Giant Rat of Sumatra Or Pirates Galore
Sid Fleischman
This pirate book takes place mostly on land-in Mexico. Shipwreck, a kid from Boston, has been befriended by the pirate ship's captain who has come ashore to make an honest living at ranching. But there are a lot of secrets still to be uncovered…and one secret that Shipwrecked has to hide inside his coat. (Ages 10 up)

Moon Runner
Carolyn Madsen
Mina hates gym. She is a "girlie-girl." She and her friends, Ruth, Alana, and Sammy, have a club called the Fellow Friends. One day, though, Coach announces that they are starting track in P.E. class, and that they will be competing against another elementary school. Mina starts to run and she runs and she runs and she runs. She discovers that she loves running. Ruth is used to winning and this causes tension between the two friends. (Ages 8-12)

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