Brookstone School

5th Grade Literature - Mia Rice

Mrs. Rice's Literature Classes

Hats off to a fun, fabulous summer!

Don't forget to take time to read!

Review reading comprehension skills over the summer. There are great books at bookstores for practice on paper. Also, you can google search "reading comprehension practice" or middle school reading practice activities" to find various lessons to practice!

Relax so you're ready for next year. See you on Tuesday, August 16th for a half day of fun in the fifth grade!

I will have used copies of all novels required for my class at the low cost of $2.00 each. First come, first serve. The first week of school you will need Number the Stars by Lois Lowery. In the past this was a required summer reading book; however, it is not this year. We will kick-off the class reading Number the Stars.

Some helpful websites:

Challenging Logic problems

Go to and search "fifth grade reading sheets"

Interactive website for all subjects




Summer reading list for rising 5th graders:



ACTIVITY:  Upon your return to school in August, you will be asked to reflect on your reading experience in the form of an in-class writing assignment. You will be REQUIRED to take Accelerated Reading tests on the books you read by the end of the first week of school.




·         FICTION

Moon Over Manifest (2011 Newbery Award Book)   Clare Vanderpool

According to the American Library Association, "The town of Manifest is based on Frontenac, Kan., the home of debut author Clare Vanderpool's maternal grandparents. Vanderpool was inspired to write about what the idea of 'home' might look like to a girl who had grown up riding the rails.  "'Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,'" said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey."

Realistic Fiction:

 On My Honor                                                                                    M.D. Bauer

Joel dares his best friend, Tony, to a swimming race in a dangerous river. Both boys jump in, but when Joel reaches the sandbar, he finds Tony has vanished. How can he face their parents and the terrible truth?


Dear Mr. Henshaw                                                                          Beverly Cleary

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.


Summer of the Swans                                                                    Betsy Byars

A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler       E.L. Konigsburg


Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. For thirty-five years E. L. Konigsburg's story has entranced readers of all ages. This special anniversary edition contains a new afterword from the author, along with a few extra surprises to delight readers old and new.


Losers, Inc.                                                                                          Claudia Mills

Ethan and his best friend, Julius, are losers and proud of it. So, they form Losers, Inc., an exclusive club of two. But when a new student teacher arrives, Ethan tries to impress her and finds himself trying not to be a loser. Will Ethan have to resign as vice president of Losers, Inc?


The Great Gilly Hopkins                                                                 Katherine Paterson

An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.


Maniac Magee                                                                                 Jerry Spinelli

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry                                                      Mildred D. Taylor

The story of one African American family fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.


Shiloh                                                                                                    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.


Anastasia Krupnik                                                                           Lois Lowery

Anastasia's tenth year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.


Black Star, Bright Dawn                                                                                Scott O'Dell

In this redesigned edition of Scott O'Dell's classic novel, a young Eskimo girl encounters frightening obstacles when she takes her father's place in the Iditarod, the annual 1,172-mile dogsled race in Alaska.


There's A Boy in the Girls' Bathroom                                       Louis Sachar

An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.


Finding Buck McHenry                                                                   Alfred  Slote

Eleven-year-old Jason, believing the school custodian Mack Henry to be Buck McHenry, a famous pitcher from the old Negro League, tries to enlist him as a coach for his Little League team by revealing his identity to the world.


Call it Courage                                                                                   Armstrong Sperry

Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.


Hoot                                                                                                      Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.


Mr. Popper's Penguin                                                                    Richard Atwater

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.


Snow Treasure                                                                                  Marie McSwigan

During World War II, Nazi troops parachuted into Peter Lindstrom's tiny Norwegian village and held it captive. Nobody thought the Nazis could be defeated--until Uncle Victor told Peter how the children could fool the enemy. It was a dangerous plan. They had to slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds. It meant risking their country's treasure--and their lives. This classic story of how a group of children outwitted the Nazis and sent the treasure to America has captivated generations of readers.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond                                                       Elizabeth George Speare

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.



Johnny Tremain                                                                                                Esther Forbes

After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.



Knee Knock Rise                                                                                                Natalie Babbitt

Egan comes to Instep to visit his aunt and uncle and finds that his other uncle, Uncle Ott has disappeared. They fear that he has climbed the mountain called KneeKnock Rise and has met the horrible Megrimum who live at the peak.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle                                                 Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                                            Roald Dahl

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.


Magician's Nephew(Chronicle of Narnia Series #1)           C.S. Lewis

When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.


The Cricket in Times Square                                                         Goerge Selden

The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.


Stuart Little                                                                                         E.B. White

The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird that stayed for a few days in his family's garden.


Heartlight                                                                                            T.A. Barron

A young girl must find her missing grandfather-and uncover the secret he harbors that could save Earth and the entire solar system from annihilation.


Beauty                                                                                                  Bill Wallace

Unhappy about his parents splitting up and moving with his mother to Grandpa's farm, eleven-year-old Luke finds comfort in riding and caring for a horse named Beauty.


The Lightning Thief                                                                          Rick Riordan

(Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.






·         NON-FICTION


Mr. Lincoln's Drummer                                                                  Clifton G. Wisler

Recounts the courageous exploits of Willie Johnston, an eleven-year-old Civil War drummer, who became the youngest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.


What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin                                              Jean Fritz

A brief biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.


Louisa May Alcott: Her Girlhood Diary                                    Cary Ryan

Excerpts from the author's diaries, written between the ages of eleven and thirteen, reveal her thoughts and feelings and her early poetic efforts.


Autobiographies and Memoirs:

A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir                                  Beverly Cleary

Follows the popular children's author from her childhood years in Oregon through high school and into young adulthood, highlighting her family life and her growing interest in writing.


My Life With the Chimpanzees                                   Jane Goodall

The well-known English zoologist describes her early interest in animals and how this led to her study of chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania.


Winterdance: The Fine Madness of                            Gary Paulsen

Running the Iditarod  

In the tradition of Jack London, Gary Paulsen presents an unforgettable account of his participation in the 1,100-mile-long dogsled race called the "Iditarod." For 17 days, Paulsen and his team of dogs endured blinding wind, snowstorms, moose attacks, and more--yet relentlessly pushed on to the end.


Informational Text:

Ghost Liners: Exploring the World's Great Lost Ships            Robert D. Ballard

Depicts five famous ships that have been lost at sea in modern times, the Empress of Ireland, the Lusitania, the Andrea Doria, the Brittanic, and the Titanic.


The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark                 Rhoda Blumberg

Describes the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown western regions of America at the beginning of the nineteenth century.


·         FOLKTALES

Stockings of Buttermilk:  American Folktales                        Philip Neil

This handsome volume brings together eighteen American stories from eleven states, all of which are based on traditional tales of the European cultures that had the earliest influence on this country—the British Isles, France, Spain, and Germany. Some stories are variants of familiar favorites like "Snow White" ("A Stepchild That Was Treated Mighty Bad"), while others, like "The Little Bull with the Golden Horns," are less well known; some are funny, some poignant. All share a characteristic freshness, energy, and informality that mark them as purely American.


·         POETRY

Locomotion                                                                 Jacqueline Woodson

In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.


·         2011 Newberry Honor books for 2011(these books were written in 2010)


Turtle in Paradise                                                        Jennifer L. Holm

Sassy eleven-year-old Turtle finds her life turned on end when she is sent to live with her aunt in Depression-era Key West. With vivid details, witty dialogue and outrageous escapades, Jennifer Holm successfully explores the meaning of family and home...; and lost treasures found.


Heart of a Samurai                                                     Margi Preus

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.


Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night            Joyce Sidman

Welcoming her readers into the 'wild, enchanted park' that is the night, Joyce Sidman has elegantly crafted twelve poems rich in content and varied in format. Companion prose pieces about nocturnal flora and fauna are as tuneful and graceful as the poems. This collection is 'a feast of sound and spark.


One Crazy Summer                                                       Rita Williams-Garcia                                 

The voices of sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern sing in three-part harmony in this wonderfully nuanced, humorous novel set in 1968 Oakland, Calif. One crazy summer, the three girls find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers.


*The following novels will be assigned to read during the school year. Please have a copy of each book ready to use as indicated in parentheses below. You can read the book before the assigned date.


*Number the Stars by Lois Lowery(You will need this the first day of school)

*Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (November)

*My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (April)