After reading many many novels, I give these 25 novels "top-ratings" for classroom use. This collection of novels have been used with a wide variety of students in grades 4-6 and they were highly rated by both the students and their teachers. These novels work well for whole class readings, small group readings, and for book club groups.
You can find my lesson plans for these novels on Teachers Pay Teachers. You get everything you need for the price of less than one novel. My lesson plans are very detailed and easy to follow. They expose students to many literary terms and devices, used to make a story come to life (i.e. Theme, Conflict, Characterization, Similes, Foreshadowing, etc.). Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are also included.
Laurie Stolmack Eaton