Ms. Natalie Dupuis's 5th grade students, form Toronto, ON, share their favorite books (in their own words).
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
By Scott O'Dell
* NEWBERY MEDAL
AMANDA: This is a tale of beauty and sorrow. A native girl is abandoned on an island for many years. While waiting for a boat to rescue her, she finds food and shelter and makes weapons to help fend off her enemies--the wild dogs!
Retold by Antonia Fraser
BERNADETTE: If you want to read a book about daring escapes, thievery, and romance, then Robin Hood is the book for you. When Robin Hood is wrongly accused of a crime, he is proclaimed an outlaw, and his land and inheritance are snatched away by the haughty Sheriff of Nottingham. Having nowhere to go, Robin Hood takes refuge in Sherwood Forest, where he and the merry men rob the rich to feed the poor.
DEALING WITH DRAGONS
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
By Patricia C. Wrede
JACINTA: When you think of a princess, you think of the words delicate, exquisite, perfect, and beautiful--but not in this book! Cimorene, the princess of Linderwall, doesn't like royalty, fame, or rules. She is supposed to marry a prince, but on the night before the marriage, she runs away--only the reader will discover where.
By Deborah Ellis
JOCELYN: Eleven-year-old Parvana and her mother, two sisters, and baby brother are trapped in their one-room home in Afghanistan, where only men and boys can go outside. After the Taliban capture her dad, Parvana gets an idea. It will risk her life, but it is the only thing to do to save her family from dying.
By Gail Carson Levine
* NEWBERY HONOR
BETHANY: Ella Enchanted is a very romantic story about fairies, spells, and friends. Ella, cursed at birth, is a fairy but does not realize this until she becomes a teenager. Find out how she undoes her curse!
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
By Kate DiCamillo
* NEWBERY HONOR
REBEKAH: If you love animals, you should read this book. This heart-warming tale of friendship between a young girl and a newly found canine is filled with both sorrow and happiness. It will leave you laughing, and perhaps crying, when you reach the end. DiCamillo weaves all parts of the story together, however different they may be. This tale is one story you will never forget.
THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX