So many books, so little time!
The fifth grade book club that I lead starts up this week, and I wanted to find just the right book for the particular group of fifth grade girls that I am fortunate enough to meet with each week. The perfect book in my mind pre-Google was one that had three things: A female lead, something humorous, and a Lexile level between 800 and 1200.
After some googling, my top three picks so far are:
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey. It has a Lexile of 880, a female lead and appears humorous. Boo yeah! More info here.
The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. It has a Lexile of 810 and a female lead, but it appears to be more of a mystery. More information here.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell. It has a Lexile of 1000, a female lead, but it is missing humor. It is in our school’s library, but you can find more information here.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. It has a Lexile of 900 and appears to be humorous, however it is not a female lead. More here.
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg. It looks funny with a female lead, but the Lexile is only 700. More info here.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien. It has a female lead, but it seems to be lacking humor and it’s only a Lexile of 790. More here.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It is about boys, does not seem humorous and only has a Lexile of 770. More here.
The Genius Files by Dan Gutman only has a Lexile of 730. More info here.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. It only has a Lexile of 760 and has a male lead. More here.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein only has a Lexile 720. More here.
I always feel overwhelmed with all the choices (a great problem to have), so I was thankful that Google produced ReadBrightly.Com. This page was very helpful in narrowing down the search exponentially by ages and stages. Now I just wait til Thursday and see what those little bundles of joy pick – out of the top three choices I’ll give them 😀