I wholeheartedly declare that 5th grade was the best in-school reading I've ever encountered. If I wasn't introduced to Harry Potter by my 6th grade teacher, I would declare Mr. Brewster the best book selecter ever. My favorite book I read in this class was The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin.
This book is wisely on "The List" because it is agreeably the best mystery out there for children. This is scientific fact because it was unanimously agreed upon in my Children's Literature and Media class. I won't talk about the details too much because I'll rave about it some day in the future, but I will share how I had daily panic attacks in the 5th grade over this book.
We had to form small groups in class and keep clue journals in order to figure out "whodunnit." We were told that we weren't allowed to read ahead, so naturally after completing the first reading assignment, I read the entire book over the weekend. The following Monday, we were told that we would get pop quizzes from time to time that would include questions we shouldn't know the answers to in order to make sure we kept to the reading schedule. I would frantically scan the room during these quizzes to make sure that no one was struggling on the questions I was answering. Such a bad student I am. I was also paired with the girl I hated the most in the class who only gave me more reason to hate her because she called me stupid when I was in fact suggesting the correct answer during one of our clue journal sessions. Ugh.