This optional book pack is for use with Level 4/5 or Level 6/7/8 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In this level, your child will read the chosen books mainly independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. This is a Girl Interest Pack. Click here for the Boy Interest Pack. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it. Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child's reading level. If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Level 4/5 Girl Interest and 4/5 Level 4/5 Boy Interest. If these books seem too easy, you may choose your own books, or off our Sample Book Ideas List. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level. Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.

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Book Pack: Level 5/6 Girl Interest Books


Book Description
Caddie Woodlawn's Family, by Carol Ryrie Brink, Aladdin 2000
Reading Level: 6.1, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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The high-spirited Caddie Woodlawn is back with her lively siblings for some amusing escapades. Here are fourteen true stories about frontier life and the seven Woodlawn children. They romp through the pages, discovering a secret horde of watermelons long after melon season, engaging in cattail fights, and adopting baby animals. You'll also hear about the Woodlawn's neighbors and Caddie's ruined dress at the Independence Day Celebration. Caddie Woodlawn's family is sure to capture your attention and your heart as you get to know the Woodlawn children better through their stories. 208 pages.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, Yearling 1962
Reading Level: 6.8, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Wicked wolves without and a grim governess within threaten Bonnie and Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their lovely, once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and, dressed in rags, Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prisonlike orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease. However, with the help of Simon the gooseboy and his flock, they escape. But where will they go? And how will they ever get Willoughby Chase free from the clutches of the evil Miss Slighcarp? Throughout the story Bonnie's cheerful, indomitable spirit carries the girls through each adventure, until at last they reach home once more. 181 pages.

Note: There is a British form of an oath used twice in the final 10 pages of the book that you may wish to white out.

The Borrowers Afloat, by Mary Norton 1959, Harcourt 1998
Reading Level: 6.5, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Anyone who has ever entertained the notion of "little people" living furtively among us will adore this artfully spun classic. Mary Norton creates a make-believe world in which tiny people live hidden from humankind in the countryside and homes of England. This saga follows Pod, Homily and Arriety on their adventures. Forced to leave their home because the human beings upon whom they depend have left, the Borrowers join the self-sufficient boy Spiller to find a better place to live. They journey down the cottage drain in a soap dish and live in a teakettle by a river, hiding from the human Mild Eye and trying to survive famine and floods. This engrossing fantasy transports the reader to the miniature world of the Borrowers. 191 pages.

Historical Fiction
A Family Apart, by Joan Lowery Nixon, Random House 1996
Reading Level: 5.4, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 7 days
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Life in New York's grim 19th century slums consists of hardship for the poor but honest Kelly clan. When widowed Mrs. Kelly feels that she is no longer capable of providing for her children, she sends them west on the Orphan Train, to be adopted by farm families. Frances masquerades as a boy in order to be adopted with Petey, the brother she promised her mother she would protect. Since Frances and Petey are adopted by a couple with strong abolitionist sympathies, just days after her arrival on the farm, Frances ends up helping two runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. Ages 10-up. 182 pages.

A House of Tailors, by Patricia Reilly Giff, Yearling 2006
Reading Level: 5.1, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 8 days
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In 1870, 13-year-old Dina is forced to flee Germany after being mistaken for a spy. She takes her sister's place on a ship to America, where she will live with Uncle, his young wife, Barbara, and baby Marie. After arriving, Dina finds herself in Brooklyn, sleeping in a stiflingly small room. Worst of all, she must earn her room and board by sewing. Although talented, Dina despises the work, but sewing is part of Uncle's plan to improve their situation, so Dina finds herself either at the machine or doing the endless work of a tenement life. Dina works hard to find her way. When she realizes that designing dresses is something she loves, readers will cheer her perseverance, and the happy ending seems well deserved. 160 pages.

Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene, Grosset & Dunlap 1930
Reading Level: 5.4, List Price: $8.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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After aiding an injured child, Nancy Drew accidentally stumbles upon the mystery of Josiah Crowley's missing will. While several of Crowley's impoverished relatives claim that he had included them in his will, his arrogant relatives seem to possess the only copy, which leaves them in total possession of the deceased man's fortune. Nancy is intrigued by the situation and begins searching for Crowley's missing antique clock, an object that reportedly contains a clue to the will's location. During her investigation, she encounters a series of obstacles, one of which is the theft of the clock by thieves. Nancy's rescue of the clock ultimately leads to her discovery of the real will. 192 pages.

Folk Tales
The Castle Corona, by Susan Creech, Harper Collins 2009
Reading Level: 5.5, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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The Castle Corona offers a good-hearted, gently comic fairy tale set in feudal Italy. Using parallel stories that eventually dovetail, Creech introduces the Castle Corona's sheltered, slightly ridiculous royal family and Pia and Enzio, orphaned peasant children from the nearby village. Brief, cleverly paced episodes reveal that several fixtures of castle life-the king and queen's respective hermit advisors, and the court storyteller-subtly engineer Pia and Enzio's appointment as royal food tasters, for purposes linked to a stolen pouch found by the children early on. The engaging, puzzlelike plot will attract readers, as the novel's heady themes, from wisdom to empathy to the fate-changing power of story, prompt them to deeper thought. 336 pages.

Non Fiction
Album of Horses, by Marguerite Henry, Aladdin 1993
Reading Level: 6.4, List Price: $16.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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How did the Morgan horse get its name? What are the differences between a Belgian and a Clydesdale? Why are the Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian so important? Find the answers to these and many other intriguing questions in Marguerite Henry's Album of Horses. The award-winning author of the wonderful stories Misty of Chincoteague, King of the Wind, and Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Marguerite Henry describes in vivid detail the hardworking Shire, the elegant Lipizzan, the spirited Mustang, and many more. Never before have facts about horses been more accessible, and with Wesley Dennis's classic illustrations highlighting every page, this unique collection is sure to be treasured by horse lovers of all ages. 112 pages.

The Middle Moffat, by Eleanor Estes, Sandpiper 2001
Reading Level: 5.9, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Jane thinks "middle" things sound good, like the middle of the night or the Middle Ages, so she asks to be called the middle Moffat-or maybe even the mysterious middle Moffat. Jane's appealingly tenacious personality emerges as she attempts to read every book in the library, single-handedly win a basketball game the first time she plays, host an organ recital that is ruined by swarming moths, and do everything she can to help Mr. Buckle, the town's oldest inhabitant, reach his hundredth birthday. These stories and others reflect the simplicity of life in the 1940s, but readers will relate to problems that are timeless, like wanting to give your mother a store-bought handbag but having to settle for one you've made or losing the head to your bear costume minutes before the curtain rises. Jane makes the middle child seem indispensable, not just to her family, but to everyone in town. The charm of these stories lies in their subtle humor and abundance of heart. 256 pages.

Realistic Fiction
Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter, BJU Press 2006
Reading Level: 5.2, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Pollyanna, a classic fiction by Eleanor H. Porter, tells the story of a little girl who knows the secret to finding a smile, even when really bad things happen. Life couldn't be much worse for Pollyanna Whittier after her father dies and she is sent to live with stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna carries on as her father would have wanted her to, looking for the best, even in bad situations. Cheerful Pollyanna softens gruff John Pendleton, cantankerous and demanding Mrs. Snow, and frosty Aunt Polly. From the moment she arrives in Beldingsville, she shares her Glad Game with everyone around her. But the person who needs Pollyanna's help the most doesn't want it. 216 pages.