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Newbery Medal Winners for Grades 3-5

Honoring the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," Newbery winners are some of the best chapter books available.
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Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

A New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, and the inspiration for a popular film!

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Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson Illustrated by Donna Diamond

There's only one thing Jess Aarons is looking forward to in fifth grade, and that's being the fastest kid in school. He's been practicing all summer. He hasn't had much else to do, since his mom spends all her time with his four sisters and his dad is always working.

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Paperback Book: $4.79

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Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
Caleb and Anna have been living without a mother for a long time. In fact, Caleb doesn't even remember Mama, who died a day after he was born. Anna tells him that Papa and Mama sang every day, and now Papa doesn't sing at all.
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The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light.

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Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother has disappeared. While tracing her steps on a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, Salamanca tells a story to pass the time about a friend named Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother vanished and who received secret messages after her disappearance.
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Paperback Book: $6.00

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Call It Courage
by Armstrong Sperry Illustrated by Dom Lupo
A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worships courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward.
Praise for Call It Courage" This author writes with imagination and integrity." — New York Times
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg Illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

Bored with her life, twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid is ready for a big change. In fact, she wants to run away from home. But she doesn't like discomfort. She doesn't even like picnics. So an old-fashioned, knapsack kind of running away is out of the question.

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Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I'd seen only in Gideon's stories: 'Manifest — A Town with a Rich Past and a Bright Future'. Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker feels abandoned.
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The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Dave McKean

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be "completely" normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

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by Cynthia Kadohata
Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes.
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Hardcover Book: $13.56

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A Long Way from Chicago
by Richard Peck
Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice two city slickers from Chicago visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy, and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother.
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A Single Shard
by Linda Sue Park
In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware.
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Paperback Book: $5.59

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My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and under-appreciated flying baby dragon, he packs his knapsack with supplies and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island.
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The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman Illustrated by Peter Sís
Jemmy, who once made a meager living catching rats in the sewers, is now living in the king's castle as the whipping boy for Prince Horace, commonly known to the citizens of the kingdom as Prince Brat.
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The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Inspired by the true story of a gorilla who spent 30 years alone in a cage at an indoor zoo in a mall, this beautiful book imagines what that gorilla might have felt and said about his life. Ivan does not dwell on his memories as does his friend Stella, an elderly elephant in the cage next door.
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Paperback Book: $6.39

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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos

With surprises at every turn (and more than a few outright gasps!) this sly, edgy comedy follows one boy's attempt to survive the world's wackiest summer job.

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Robert Byrd

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

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Criss Cross
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
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Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Series: Crispin, Book #1
by Avi
In fourteenth-century England a nameless thirteen-year-old orphaned peasant boy, who thought he had little to lose, finds himself with even less. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he has been declared a "wolf's head," meaning that anyone can kill him on sight.
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