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 Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Be A Friend by Salina Yoon
Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree… But being a mime can be lonely. It isn’t until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship–and how special he truly is!