Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Partner Books

Cornelia and The Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters - (ISBN: 978-0440421108)

by Leslie M.M. Blume

The loneliness Cornelia feels when her world-famous artist mother travels is relieved as Cornelia revels in the stories a new neighbor tells her. While enjoying the tales of world-traveling sisters, Cornelia lives in fear her mother will find out about her new friendship, and the stories will end. Think of some family stories you have heard from your relatives and share them with friends and neighbors. This book applauds storytelling as the beginning of art and literature. Read a partner tale of a lonely child in <i>Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth </i> by E.L. Konigsburg.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - (ISBN: 978-0810983915)

by Jeff Kinney

Greg is enjoying his inside summer retreat: keeping to himself and playing video games. So what if the weather is perfect for outdoor activities? But his mother has different ideas. Find out what interrupts his solitude. See <i>The Wednesday Wars </i> by Gary Schmidt for a similar read.

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth - (ISBN: 978-1416933960)

by E.L. Konigsburg

This story begins with a lonely child, Elizabeth, who makes a new friend, Jennifer, who turns out to be a witch. Echoes of <i>Cornelia and The Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters</i> and <i>The Wednesday Wars</i> turn up when Elizabeth learns her new friend loves to read Shakespeare. Elizabeth becomes a witch apprentice; together they eat strange things and make strange brews. Read this book to discover their connection to William McKinley and to learn what how toad Hilary Ezra connects to the rest of their adventures!

The Long Secret - (ISBN: 978-0440418191)

by Louise Fitzhugh

In this sequel to <i>Harriet the Spy<i> and <i>Sport</i>, Harriet tackles another mystery. Why do members of the summer community start receiving mysterious messages? Harriet pulls along her meek friend Beth Ellen, and together they try to find the truth about the messages that are frightening the townspeople. If you enjoyed this book, try others by the same author that feature the same characters and provide some background to their tales.

The Wednesday Wars - (ISBN: 978-0547237602 )

by Gary Schmidt

Holling’s solitary setting is in the classroom, where he feels out of place due to cultural and religious differences with the other students. Luckily, an angelic teacher coaxes him out of his funk with assignments to read Shakespeare, gets Holling on the running track, and even arranges for him to meet the New York Yankees. Set against a backdrop of violent times, this book shows the influence one important person can have on a young person’s “coming of age.” Try <i> Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days</i> by Jeff Kinney for a partner to this book.

Harriet the Spy - (ISBN: 978-0440416791)

by Louise Fitzhugh

Sport - (ISBN: 978-0440418184)

by Louise Fitzhugh

The View from Saturday - (ISBN: 978-0689817212)

by E.L. Konigsburg

Activities for this Theme

Have your children help you prepare some unusual-sounding snacks to much on together while you read.


Try writing messages with friends and family members in code.


Interview some older family members to find out interesting stories about their pasts. Write the stories down and decorate a cover for them.


Try other Diary of a Wimpy Kid books or watch the movie. See the movie trailer on YouTube.