Awesome Books for 4th Graders

4th Grade Reading Suggestions

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    The Witch of Clatteringshaws
    by Joan Aiken

    Dido Twite travels to Scotland and, aided by Woodlouse and by Father Sam's cousin Malise, the Witch of Clatteringshaws, seeks another heir to the throne who can ...

    star rating 131 pages
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    Black-Eyed Susan
    by Jennifer Armstrong
    star rating 128 pages
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    by Avi

    Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

    star rating 160 pages
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    Drums at Saratoga
    by Lisa Banim
    star rating 95 pages
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    The Hidden Boy
    by Jon Berkeley

    When Bea Flint and her family are transported aboard an underwater bus to a strange vacation destination called Bell Hoot, her younger brother Theo is lost ...

    star rating 272 pages
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    The Field Guide
    by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
    star rating 107 pages
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    Tracks in the Snow
    by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
    star rating 120 pages
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    My Best Frenemy
    by Julie Bowe

    Almost-ten-year-old Ida May finally has a new best friend at school, but after bossy Jenna Drews starts an increasingly dangerous game of Truth or Dare, Ida is ...

    star rating 234 pages
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    Moans and Groans and Dinosaur Bones
    by Judy Delton, Alan Tiegreen

    Molly is discouraged when her parents chaperon an overnight field trip to a museum, until a valuable artifact goes missing, and the Pee-Wee scouts suspect that ...

    star rating 102 pages
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    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #2: The New Girl
    by Meg Cabot
    star rating 240 pages
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    The Magician's Boy
    by Susan Cooper, Serena Riglietti

    A boy who works for a magician meets familiar fairy tale characters when he is transported to the Land of Story in search of a missing puppet.

    star rating 100 pages
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    Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
    by Bruce Coville, Gary A. Lippincott

    Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg.

    star rating 168 pages
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    Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
    by Sharon Creech, Chris Raschka

    With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy ...

    star rating 160 pages
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    Thomas and the Dragon Queen
    by Shutta Crum, Lee Wildish
    star rating 272 pages
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    The BFG
    by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
    star rating 208 pages
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    The Girl Who Breathed Fire
    by Michael Dahl, Federico Piatti

    In a war-torn Middle Eastern country, Noor and Farah find an old book in an abandoned library with a picture of a dragon matching Noor's birthmark, and when the ...

    star rating 32 pages
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    Roland Wright: Future Knight
    by Tony Davis, Gregory Rogers

    In 1409, skinny, clumsy Roland, the ten-year-old son of a blacksmith, pursues his dream of becoming a knight.

    star rating 160 pages
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    Liberty Porter, First Daughter
    by Julia DeVillers, Paige Pooler

    On her first day at the White House, nine-year-old Liberty exuberantly explores her new home while making new friends and giving unique tours of her own.

    star rating 176 pages
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    The Magician's Elephant
    by Kate DiCamillo

    In her eagerly awaited new novel, DiCamillo--the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Tale of Despereaux"--conjures a haunting fable about trusting the ...

    star rating 208 pages
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    It Creeps!
    by Dotti Enderle

    Ten-year-old Malcolm and his best friend Dandy, armed with a ghost detector ordered from Beyond Belief magazine, make a late-night trip to a haunted house, ...

    star rating 79 pages
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    Mallory on the Move
    by Laurie B. Friedman
    star rating 160 pages
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    Stone Fox
    by John Reynolds Gardiner, Marcia Sewall

    In spite of tremendous odds, a ten-year-old boy and his dog are determined to win a dogsled race and the five-hundred-dollar prize.

    star rating 96 pages
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    by Patricia Reilly Giff

    Opening a locked box found in the dusty attic of grandfather's house, Sam reads about a mysterious person who was kidnapped and begins to have crazy dreams ...

    star rating 164 pages
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    Queen Sophie Hartley
    by Stephanie Greene
    star rating 144 pages
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    Dial M for Mongoose
    by Bruce Hale

    Fourth-grade detective Chet Gecko and his associate Natalie Attired investigate a series of mishaps that all seem to point to the school janitor.

    star rating 110 pages
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    Emma Dilemma and the New Nanny
    by Patricia Hermes
    star rating 106 pages
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    The Pup Who Cried Wolf
    by Chris Kurtz, Guy Francis
    star rating 144 pages
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    Where the mountain meets the moon
    by Grace Lin

    Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in ...

    star rating 278 pages
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    by Chris Lynch
    star rating 158 pages
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    Word After Word After Word
    by Patricia MacLachlan
    star rating 128 pages
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    The Super Sluggers: Slumpbuster
    by Kevin Markey, Royce Fitzgerald

    A great read for fun-loving baseball fans, this debut novel is a hilarious tall tale of baseball action and hijinks that will have fans reveling in every trip ...

    star rating 192 pages
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    Take Me with You
    by Carolyn Marsden

    Raised in an Italian orphanage in the years following World War II, a biracial girl named Susanna and her best friend Pina want to be adopted but fear being ...

    star rating 176 pages
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    The babysitting wars
    by Mimi McCoy
    star rating 164 pages
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    Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)
    by Alison McGhee
    star rating 320 pages
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    The Naming of Tishkin Silk
    by Glenda Millard, Patrice Barton

    Griffin Silk feels responsible for the absence of his mother and baby sister, but he and his new friend Layla find the perfect way to make everyone feel a ...

    star rating 112 pages
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    Chicken Friend
    by Nicola Morgan

    When her parents decide to move their family to the English countryside, homeschool their children, and raise chickens, Becca tries to make friends with her new ...

    star rating 148 pages
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    Max Disaster: Alien Eraser Reveals the Secrets of Evolution
    by Marissa Moss
    star rating 56 pages
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    Dear Hound
    by Jill Murphy

    When Alfie, a timid deerhound puppy, gets lost in the woods, he will do almost anything--including befriending a pair of foxes--to find his way home to his ...

    star rating 192 pages
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    Lucy the Good
    by Marianne Musgrove, Cheryl Orsini

    When Lucy's great-aunt Bep comes to visit from Holland, she is shocked by Lucy's unacceptable behavior, and as Lucy begins to wonder about it herself, she ...

    star rating 144 pages
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    Ellie Ever
    by Nancy Ruth Patterson, Patty Weise

    After losing her father and all their possessions in a hurricane, nine-year-old Ellie and her mother move to a small apartment on a horse farm in Virginia, ...

    star rating 128 pages
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    Noonie's Masterpiece
    by Lisa Railsback
    star rating 208 pages
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    Uncle Pirate
    by Douglas Rees

    Wilson is one of the most bullied fourth-graders at the chaotic Very Elementary School until his long-lost uncle, Desperate Evil Wicked Bob--a pirate--and his ...

    star rating 100 pages
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    How to Eat Fried Worms
    by Thomas Rockwell, Emily Arnold McCully
    star rating 115 pages
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    Wayside School Is Falling Down
    by Louis Sachar
    star rating 160 pages
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    Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet
    by Graham Salisbury


    star rating 160 pages
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    The Vampire in My Bathtub
    by Brenda Seabrooke

    After moving into an old house, thirteen-year-old Jeff opens a locked closet and finds an ancient, good vampire named Eugene, who is being hunted by his cousin ...

    star rating 150 pages
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    by Jon Scieszka, Francesco Sedita, Shane Prigmore

    On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are ...

    star rating 163 pages
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    The Cricket in Times Square
    by George Selden, Garth Williams
    star rating 144 pages
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    The Adventures of Benny
    by Steve Shreve

    Five adventures, in which Benny meets pirates, Bigfoot, monkeys, a mummy, and comes face to face with his very own Booger-Man.

    star rating 159 pages
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    Abel's Island
    by William Steig
    star rating 128 pages
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    Magic Below Stairs
    by Caroline Stevermer
    star rating 199 pages
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    All-Of-A-Kind Family
    by Sydney Taylor

    Portrays the joys and troubles of five high-spirited Jewish sisters as they grow up in New York City.

    star rating 192 pages
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    Wild Stories
    by Colin Thompson
    star rating 335 pages
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    Camille McPhee fell under the bus--
    by Kristen Tracy
    star rating 293 pages
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    Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake
    by Trudi Strain Trueit

    When ten-year-old "Scab" McNally takes swimming lessons, he is afraid he will be forced to reveal his secret fear of deep water.

    star rating 160 pages
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    Shredderman: Secret Identity
    by Wendelin Van Draanen, Brian Biggs

    Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

    star rating 144 pages
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    Stuart Little
    by E. B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

    Follows the adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in ...

    star rating 144 pages
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    Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
    by Eric Wight

    Comic strip illustrations are interspersed throughout the text.

    star rating 96 pages