Common Core Standards for 5th Grade (RL 5.3)
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g. how characters interact).
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
A beetle and his human friend work together to help recover a famous drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the death of his family, an orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of a graveyard.
Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret
A young girl, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea.
View From the Cherry Tree by Wilo Davis Roberts
On the eve of his sister’s wedding, a boy must figure out who killed the old lady next door before he is next.
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by one boy, his family, and friends.
Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
In 1942 Malada is taken with other blonde, blue-eyed children from her home in Czechoslovakia to a school in Poland to be trained as “proper Germans” for adoption by German families all the while holding on to her true name and history.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Sasha loves his father, a devoted Communist, but when the police take his father away Sasha must examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.