West Haven Summer Reads'19-CARRIGAN
Entering Grades 5 and 6
HOW TO USE THE SUMMER READING LIST
Welcome to a list of some of the wonderful books that West Haven school librarians have organized as suggested reading for you in elementary, intermediate, middle or high school.
You are encouraged to try any of the recommended books for your grade level in the fall. You are also encouraged to read books that you enjoy that may not be on this list.
The more reading you do this summer, the better prepared you will be for the next school year...and for the rest of your life!
Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book, and READ!
Read 15 Minutes a Day!
Reading aloud for as little as 15 minutes a day is the best way to stop the summer
slide that so many school-age children experience.
CARRIGAN -GRADES 5 and 6
Grade 5 "Locomotion" by Jacqueline Woodson
When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because "not a lot of people want boys — not foster boys that ain't babies."
But Lonnie hasn't given up. His foster mother, Miss Edna, is growing on him. She's already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick. And his teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. Told entirely through Lonnie's poetry, we see his heartbreak over his lost family, his thoughtful perspective on the world around him, and most of all his love for Lili and his determination to one day put at least half of their family back together.
Grade 6 -"Restart"-Gordon Korman
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.
He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.
Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.
One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.
Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is -- it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.