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Five best books for fourth- and fifth-graders

Kidsday illustration / Kamal Oberoi

Kidsday illustration / Kamal Oberoi Credit: Kidsday illustration / Kamal Oberoi

Kids in our school love to read, and we like all sorts of different novels. We wanted to know which books have had the most influence on us and which books were the must-reads for any kid in fourth- or fifth-grade. We gave 147 kids five choices and here are our results:

“Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio (Knopf Books) — 71

“Out of my Mind,” by Sharon Draper (Atheneum Books ) — 40

“Because of Mr. Terupt,” by Rod Buyea (Yearling) — 14

“Smile” by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) — 12

“Sisters.” by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) — 10

We finally thought these five books that had really good detail and would be especially interesting to kids our age. Not one of the books is a bad one, but “Wonder” received the most votes by far. Kids said that “Wonder,” which is about a boy with facial deformities, was excellent. All the main character, Auggie, wanted to do was be treated like a regular kid.

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