Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)

Use this list of summer reading titles to engage your students during their time off. The variety of styles and genres are sure to interest every student in your class.

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Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
by Irene Hunt


Jethro Creighton is nine years old in April 1861, when the Civil War begins. His southern Illinois farming family is torn apart when his brothers, cousin, and a close family friend leave to fight in the war. Jethro is forced to grow up quickly and tracks the progress of the war through letters and newspapers. Finally, four years later, the war is over and all are relieved. But then President Lincoln is assassinated. Suddenly, the future becomes frightening and uncertain once again.

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