Ms. Reynolds's Class: Top Ten

Our 10 "Must Reads" for Every Fifth Grader

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a great book about a boy named August who is different from other kids. He was deformed from many surgeries. He has a super overprotective sister, kind mother and father, and a dog named Daisy. The new year starts different because before he was homeschooled and this year his parents are sending him off to a private school. Before the school year starts he goes to his new school to meet his new principal, Mr. Tushman, and some kids that go to this school already. He finds out that Jack could be a potential friend and a boy named Julian could be a potential enemy. Read Wonder to find out how the new school year will turn out, and if true friends will always stick together.

Reviewed by Monroe and Gracie

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose wish they secretly had different lives. Ben wishes for a dad he never sees, and Rose dreams of a mysterious actress in a scrapbook. When Ben finds an interesting thing in his mom's room, and Rose reads an exciting headline in the news, they both set out to find what they're looking for. Their stories are set 50 years apart: Ben's in words and Rose's in pictures. We recommend this book to people who like adventures that have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Our opinion is that this book is very interesting because it's told in pictures and words. The theme of this book is "you can accomplish your goals." Read this amazing book to see what happens to Ben and Rose at the very end!

Reviewed by Emma and Hannah

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

In the book The One and Only Ivan, a brave and strong gorilla named Ivan, who lives in a small enclosed cage at a mall on the highway, goes on a heartwarming journey with an elephant named Ruby and an old but wise elephant named Stella. Ivan discovers his true talent and expresses his feelings throughout the book. What is Ivan's talent? The One and Only Ivan is a heart touching story. We would recommend this book to readers that like adventure and fantasy. The theme of the book is to never give up when you feel down. The point of view is told in Ivan's point of view.

Reviewed by Michael and Erin

Loser by Jerry Spinelli

Donald Zincoff, otherwise known as Zincoff, is starting first grade at an all new school. He is like most other kids, running around, playing at the park, and riding his bike. But he really isn't like the others as well. He trips on his own feet, vomits at the most random of times, rolls on the floor laughing at words like "jabip" and much more. So with his new school, things might not work out so well. But with his new friend, Hector Binns, who makes candles out of his own earwax, he has some hope. What will happen to Zinkoff through his journey from first to sixth grade? Read Loser by Jerry Spinelli to find out.

Reviewed by Maya and Chloe

The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson

In this book Percy Jackson learns he is a demi-god. And later he finds out that he is the son of Poseidon. Percy then goes on to have a mythical adventure. Sometimes it seems that he won't survive. Luckily he has some of his dad's powers so he is able to pull it off. If you are interested in mythical adventures and action, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Gary and Ryan

I Funny by James Patterson

This book is about a boy named Jamie. His dream is to be a stand-up comedian. His aunt and uncle have a mean kid named Stevie. And Stevie keeps picking on Jamie. Stevie said, "You can't be a stand-up comedian." Read the book to find out if Jamie becomes a stand-up comedian.

Reviewed by Luke and Collin

I Even Funnier by James Patterson

The book I Even Funnier by James Patterson is about a boy named Jamie who is entering the world's funniest kid contest. We give Jamie a lot of credit for doing this because he's in a wheelchair and he gets bullied by his brother all the time. Will all of the support he gets from his uncle and his friends he has the confidence to win it. We recommend this book because it has a lot of humor and it tells a lot of details about the characters. The theme of this book is never give up on someone even though things can slow you down.

Reviewed by Alex and Jackson G.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is about a middle school kid named Greg. This book is his diary.

"No, it's a journal!"

Sorry, Greg.

I'll do this. This journal is about my first year of middle school, from my awful seat arrangement, to the last day of school when ---------- ------ the ------."

My turn. This book gets through the whole year, and is recommended to humor fans and other people who like medium sized book readers.

The theme of the book is that middle school is an evil place. Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid to find out who ---------is, ad what he did.

Reviewed Sam and Jackson M.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants is about two kids who accidentally hypnotized their very mean principal. Their names are George Beard and Harold Hutchins. They always got in trouble. But when they hypnotized their principal they got into a lot of trouble. They turned him into their comic book superhero....CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!!! Read the book to find out what their silly adventures have in store for them.

Reviewed by Anastasia and Jack

The Creature from My Closet: Potterwookiee by Obert Skye

The book Potterwookiee by Obert Skye is a great book. It is about a boy named Robert Columbo Burnside. One day he hears a loud rumbling sound in his closet. He goes to open the door but it won't budge. A few days later he hears the sound again and goes to check on it. Then when he goes into his room he hears it again. Then the door popped open and out walked a little creature. Robert said, "It looks like a mix between Harry Potter and a wookiee." After he got over the shock he took the Potterwookiee outside to show his friends, and a giant owl came down and scared the Potterwookiee. This made the Potterwookiee cast a spell on himself that froze him. Read the book Potterwookiee to find out what happens to Robert, Potterwookiee, and his friends.

Reviewed by Nina and Cole