Final Vote for Upper Elementary Book Choice #GRA16

With many votes cast, it is now time to narrow it down to the final choice; which book (and author) shall be at the center for children ages 8 to 11 (or so)?  All three books here deserve the honor, but there can only be one.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

From Amazon:

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . .

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

From Amazon:

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Eleven by Tom Rogers

From Amazon:

Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex. Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. When Alex rescues a stray dog as a birthday gift to himself, he doesn’t think his life can get much better. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them. 

This is a story about bullies and heroes. About tragedy and hope. About enemies with two legs and friends with four, and pesky little sisters and cranky old men, and an unexpected lesson in kindness delivered with a slice of pizza. This is Eleven: the journey of a boy turning eleven on 9/11.

Cast your vote here – voting closes April 30th.

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8 thoughts on “Final Vote for Upper Elementary Book Choice #GRA16

  1. Thanks sooooooooooooooooooooo much for all you do with this project!! You are greatly appreciated!

    Merci beaucoup,

    Kristi L. Desaulniers
    Grade 4
    Tea Area Intermediate
    Tea, SD

    “Nature never repeats itself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”
    ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  2. PAX! is our vote:)

    On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 1:51 PM, Global Read Aloud wrote:

    > Pernille Ripp posted: “With many votes cast, it is now time to narrow it > down to the final choice; which book (and author) shall be at the center > for children ages 8 to 11 (or so)? All three books here deserve the honor, > but there can only be one. Pax by Sara Pennypacker Fro” >

  3. Eleven was an exciting read for all ages. It is a book I will share enthusiastically with my grandchildren. Thank you, Tom Rogers.

  4. As a mom of a young boy, I made sure Louie and his friends read ” Eleven”. It’s an incredibly important subject (9/11) to know about & this book informs young people in such a special and gentle way. A MUST read for all young adults!

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