Eggs by Jerry Spinelli is a powerful novel filled with quirky characters on a journey of discovery and healing. Themes of friendship, loss, and recovery are explored though character interactions, multiple plots, and symbolism.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is an engaging adventure fantasy story that covers themes such as loss, trust and friendship. Readers follow Gregor through his quest as he meets an assortment of unique characters including a wise, old mentor and a rebellious princess, all the while trying to unravel and understand the prophecy. Readers discover the complexities in characters and learn through backstories the reasons why characters behave a certain way, all the while discovering a character's trials do not set their life in stone and that instead characters can grow, learn, and change.
As they read Freak the Mighty, fifth graders explore themes such as friendship, loyalty, growing up and overcoming challenges. Through this read aloud, students will learn and use new vocabulary, develop ideas about themes and relationships, and discuss real-life topics.
Becoming Naiomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan is an award-winning novel about a young girl caught in the middle of family conflicts. Readers follow Naomi Leon as she sets off on a journey to Mexico to discover her long-lost father. Through learning about her heritage, she develops a sense of strength and determination.