I need some good titles for 5th-7th grade for my young adult literature course. (For example: The Giver, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, A View from Saturday, etc) They don't have to be Newbery winners or even nominated for one, but they have to be age-appropriate and preferably interesting to read. What books did you read in upper elementary that you enjoyed?
Harry Potter, if you could figure out a way to incorporate it, would be a huge hit. I can't really think of any other books, I know I hated the books we had to read through middle/high school, so I'm probably not going to be a huge help here.
One I came across on my own but that I really enjoyed was Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs (that one was about the Yukon gold rush... very good). A few others...
-Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
-The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
-Holes - Louis Sachar
-Randall's Wall - Carol Fenner
-Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
-Sounder - William H. Armstrong
-From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is pretty recent, but really a pretty cute story (yes, I have read it...). I don't know if it would really qualify as a book for a literature class though. It's sort of just a fun read. Hope those help though.
I second The Outsiders and Ender's Game. Also, it's never too early to start them on To Kill A Mockingbird.
When I was in 6th grade (10 years old) we read a good deal of out-of-the-ordinary literature. I can't remember precisely why these books were good, but titles that I remember loving were Elizabeth George Speare's The Bronze Bow and Katherine Paterson's Lyddie.
My 6th grade teacher also started us on Shakespeare...? I think I was the only one who really enjoyed it, but reading Julius Caesar at age 10 changed my life.