Mrs. T. Couto's Class: Top Ten

Our 10 "Must Reads" for Every Fifth Grader

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

In the book Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea crazy things happen at Snow Hill School. There is a new teacher at the school. The book is told by seven kids. Only the new teacher Mr. Terupt knows how to deal with them all. He's fun but never lets them get off the hook...until an accident changes everything. Read this book and find out what the accident is and what it changes.

Reviewed by Mark and Charlie

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

"Don't judge a boy by his face." In the book Wonder there is a ten year old boy named August (Auggie) Pullman who doesn't have the face you would see on most kids. He was born with a "different" face than everyone else. Auggie has had many surgeries in his small lifetime. He is just about going into fifth grade. Although this year his parents are considering something new than being homeschooled. They are thinking of sending him to a school called Beecher Prep. Auggie is not convinced. What will all the other kids think of me? Finally when his parents convince him to go on a tour of the school, he meets Julian (a boy who is polite to some and others not), Jack-Will (a good student), and Charlotte ( a teacher's pet) who show him around. His parents don't want him to be self-conscious about his face. Throughout the book there are many different emotions and changes. Thsi book is told from many different people's points of view and they will lead you through the year in a heartwarming story.

Reviewed by Grace and Xan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to live in a cage? Well, Ivan has. He is a gorilla. It's not as easy as it seems. He lives with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. They all live in different domains. All day little kids look at Ivan and throw food at him and spit on his glass domain. Stella is getting old and there is a new elephant coming. Stella said to Ivan, "Whatever happens to me, promise me one thing: you will protect her forever and always."

Reviewed by Abbey and Ali

Big Nate: On a Roll by Lincoln Peirce

Artur is Nate's arch enemy. Mostly because Artur has Jenny the girl Nate likes, and Artur is better at EVERYTHING. Boy Scouts is starting up again and there is a competition for who can sell the most wall hangings. Nate finds these crazy ideas to try and sell wall hangings. Artur is going to be hard to beat though. Will Nate prevail? Read Big Nate: On A Roll to find out!

Reviewed by Kate and Will I.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry's parents were killed when he was a baby. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle at number 9 Privet Drive. There, Harry can never fit in and is always getting in trouble for no reason until he discovers a shocking secret...he's a WIZARD! Harry goes to Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. Then Harry and his friends discover a secret that will change their school year. Read the book to find out what happens next.

Reviewed by Sarah and Katherine

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Mo is a typical girl who lives in a small town called Tupelo Landing...or at least she used to be a typical girl. That was before the murder, kidnapping, and car crash. Now she and her best friend Dale have set out to uncover the mystery of their lives! AS they set out on their journey to uncover secrets, they learn things about themselves they never would have guessed. They can trust nobody...Tupelo Landing just got a lot more interesting. Come join Mo and Dale in the adventure of a lifetime.

Reviewed by Tess and Ella

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The story Diary of a Wimpy Kid is about a boy who only has one friend named Rowley. There is something called a cheese touch and Rowley gets it but Greg sticks up for him. After their fight Rowley has to eat the rotten cheese. They also have a friend named Charaig who guides them through their sixth grade year. Read more to find out what happens to Greg.

Reviewed by Asher, Tim, and John

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis

In the book I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, the main character is George Calder. George is a ten year old kid. George has a sister named Phoebe. George has spent two months with his Aunt Daisy in England. Now George, Phoebe, and Aunt Daisy are headed to America. George is really excited to go to America. To learn what happens when George is on the Titanic you should get the book!

Reviewed by Emily, Joshua, and Keeon

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy thinks he is an ordinary kid, but he starts to have freaky dreams. Then he figures out that one of his teachers in an evil monster. His professor turns out to be Centaur! His friend tells him to go to the half-blood camp to protect himself. When he gets to the camp he makes friends with Annabeth and Henry. They find out that there is a lightning in the camp. Will they find him? Will Percy be okay? Find out in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief!

Reviewed by Andrew, Mubariz, and Will

Survivors: The Empty City by Erin Hunter

In Survivors: The Empty City by Erin Hunter, it all starts with an earthquake. "The Big Growl" literally tears Lucky's world apart. The Trap House fell down and freed Lucky and his friend Sweet. Sweet runs away into the woods desperate to find a pack...leaving Lucky alone. Lucky was born to be a "lone dog" through. After awhile Lucky goes into the woods himself. To find out what happens to Lucky, read Survivors: The Empty City by Erin Hunter.

Reviewed by Noelle and Aidan