Awesome Books for 4th Graders

4th Grade Reading Suggestions

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Emma Dilemma and the New Nanny
    by Patricia Hermes
    star rating 106 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Magic Below Stairs
    by Caroline Stevermer
    star rating 199 pages
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    Wild Stories
    by Colin Thompson
    star rating 335 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
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    Fish in a Tree
    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    "Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read"--

    star rating 288 pages
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    by Katherine Applegate

    In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience. Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.

    star rating 256 pages
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    Book Scavenger
    by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

    star rating 368 pages
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    Roller Girl
    by Victoria Jamieson

    A perfect holiday gift for 10-year-old girls and fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile! Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl. In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power! From the Trade Paperback edition.

    star rating 240 pages
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    El Deafo
    by Cece Bell

    The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

    star rating 248 pages
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    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
    by Chris Colfer

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

    star rating 464 pages
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    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I
    by Maryrose Wood

    The first book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place—the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood, perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart—has a brand-new look. Discovered in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. A recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

    star rating 288 pages
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    Rescue on the Oregon Trail
    by Kate Messner

    Unable to pass his tests as a search-and-rescue dog because he is too easily distracted, Ranger is transported to the year 1850, where he must help a young boy and his family on the Oregon Trail. By the award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

    star rating 144 pages
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    Story Thieves: The Stolen Chapters
    by James Riley

    Owen, Kiel, and Bethany confront secrets, stolen memories, and some very familiar faces in the follow-up to The Story Thieves—which was called a “fast-paced, action-packed tale” by School Library Journal—from the bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy. Owen Conners would never jump into a mystery. There are too many hidden clues, twists that make no sense, and an ending you never see coming. Mysteries are just not Owen’s thing. So how exactly did he end up in one with his memory erased? And that’s far from the only question. How did Kiel Gnomenfoot, boy magician, lose all of his magic? Where’s Bethany, their half-fictional friend? And who’s the annoying guy wearing the question mark mask and Sherlock Holmes hat, taunting Owen and Kiel that Bethany is in grave danger? Bethany is trapped in a hidden room that’s slowly filling with water, and she can’t escape until her friends find her. But is she imprisoned by more than just chains and a locked door? What’s she hiding from Owen and Kiel? Maybe some mysteries just shouldn’t be solved…

    star rating 368 pages
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    The Fourteenth Goldfish
    by Jennifer L. Holm

    Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

    star rating 208 pages
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    Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
    by Kelly Jones, Katie Kath

    Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

    star rating 224 pages
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    Castle Hangnail
    by Ursula Vernon

    When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite afew secrets that could cause trouble.

    star rating 320 pages