The Struggle is Real.

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:

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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.

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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 ofIsland 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.

I eliminated: 


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.

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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 😀

Thank you!



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