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Humor books for fifth graders

Your kid can get surreal with tales of David Letterman fandom and cows that make lemonade.

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The Canning Season

The Canning Season by Polly Horvath (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003)
$7.95, Amazon / IndieBound Powells

Ratchet loves her selfish mother but receives little in return. Without warning or luggage of any sort, Ratchet’s mother ships her to Maine to spend the summer with two elderly relatives. Tilly and Penpen are nonidentical twins who are tremendously eccentric; they are also kind and generous. A laugh-aloud, farcical story evolves from this unlikely premise. Winner of the 2003 National Book Award for Children’s Literature. 208 pages.

— Parents’ Choice