Heart of a Shepherd
Brother is not the rancher his father and the older boys are. Sure, he can ride, rescue a wayward calf, or mend a broken fence, but his heart isn't in it. But, when his father is shipped off to Iraq and the older boys are away at school, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going and discovers his true calling.
No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag, makes it part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh and, as his family faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must part with his friend.
Also Known as Harper
Harper is an aspiring poet, which isn't surprising, since she's named after writer Harper Lee and right now life is giving her a lot to write about. Daddy walked out, leaving too many bills and too little money. Harper has to stay home to take care of her little brother, which keeps her away from the poetry contest at school.
Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
In New York in the summer of 1969, Tamara is angry. Her family can't communicate and her best friend Kebsie is suddenly gone -- replaced by Douglas McGinty, the biggest liar on earth. This is a great chapter book for discussion.
Winner of the Newberry Medal, Rabbit Hill has been a winner with children since 1944. All the animals on the Hill are excited about new Folks moving into the Big House. Will there be a garden? Just who is moving in? Surprises are in store.
Jon Scieszka's new series with Francesco Sedita, is 175 pages of zany events following the new kid in a Brooklyn public school with maybe two alien fifth graders too (or are they spies)!! Book two is out now.