Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
This story features seven different perspectives of seven students in Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class. There is a new girl, the “brain”, the shy girl, the bully, the troublemaker, the low-self esteem girl and the student who hates school. Mr. Terupt knows how to deal with all of their personalities and one day an accident changes everyone.
A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.