Allegory novel for struggling readers?

Question:I teach two reading classes for struggling readers separated by gender (the results over three years have been very encouraging). My other classes will be reading "Animal Farm" later this year. I know from previous experience that the book has not gone over as well with my struggling readers in spite of every scaffolding technique I could find. I would prefer to teach different novels, but with the same goal of using a short novel that is an allegory or extended metaphor. The reading range is approximately 4th - 6th grade.

Does anyone have any suggestions for such a novel for my class of boys? For my class of girls?

If you are teaching allegory, I like to use Bunting's The Terrible Things, and Hansel and Gretel so that the children understanding truly what allegory is. For an extended novel, I would do the Devil's Arithmetic (better for your girls), Little Prince (easy read/ but harder to comprehend), or Lord of the Flies (definitely better for the boys) Hope this helps.
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White, maybe for the girls? I'm not really sure it's allegorical, though.

"Gulliver's Travels" by Swift is chock-full of allegory, but the struggling readers might not be able to deal with the long words.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis is a thinly-veiled Christ allegory. That would go down well with either group, I think.
Have you considered "Who Moved My Cheese?" It is an easy read and touches on how to handle failure and loss. I think it would be a big help for struggling readers.

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