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4th Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Fourth Graders

   
Angleberger, T. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. c2010. Grades 4-6. "Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda." FIC ANGELBERGER, T.

Applegate, K. The One and Only Ivan. c2012. "Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. Everything changes when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home-and his own art-through new eyes." FIC APPLEGATE, K.

Babbitt, N. Tuck Everlasting. c1975. "The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older." FIC BABBITT, N.

Barnett, M. The Terrible Two. c2015. "When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen." FIC BARNETT, M

Bell, Cece. El Deafo. c2014. 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."" GRAPHIC DEAFO

Bertman, J.C. Book Scavenger. c2015. "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." M BERTMAN, J.

Blume, J. Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing. c1972. "Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Peter has put up with Fudge too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?" FIC BLUME, J. 
Burg, A. E. Unbound. c2016. "The day nine-year-old Grace is called to work in the kitchen in the Big House, everyone warns her to keep her head down and her thoughts to herself, but the more she sees of the oppressive Master and his hateful wife, the more she questions things until one day her thoughts her thoughts turn to escape -and to avoid being separated she and her family flee into the Dismal Swamp, to join the other escaped slaves who live there." FIC BURG, A.
Clements, Andrew. Frindle. c1996. "When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control." FIC CLEMENTS, A.

Colfer, C. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. c2012. "Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner 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." FIC COLFER, C.

Creech, S. Love That Dog. c2001. "A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem." FIC CREECH, S.

Dahl, R. Matilda. c1988. "Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security." FIC DAHL, R.

DiCamillo, K. Flora & Ulysses : the Illuminated Adventures. c2013. "Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived." FIC DICAMILLO, K.

Funke, C. Inkheart. c2003. "12-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service." FIC FUNKE, C.
Grabenstein, C. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. c2013. "Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape. " FIC GRABENSTEIN, C.
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. c1967. "Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself." FIC KONIGSBURG, E.

Mass, W. 11 Birthdays. c2009. "After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again." FIC MASS, W.

Palacio, R.J. Wonder. c2012. "Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student." FIC PALACIO, R.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. c2000. "Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. "    FIC RYAN, P.

Sachar, L. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. c1978. "Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story." FIC SACHAR, L 

Selznick, B. The Invention of Hugo Cabret. c2007. "When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized." FIC SELZNICK, B.
Telgemeier, R. Sisters. c2014. "Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along." GRAPHIC SISTERS
Torres, J. Stef Soto, Taco Queen. c2017. "Seventh grader Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It's no fun being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family's livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck's unlikely champion." FIC TORRES, J.
Vernon, U. Castle Hangnail. c2015. "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 a few secrets that could cause trouble." FIC VERNON, U.

Watson, S. E. Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives. c2010. "When best friends Natalie, age ten, and Annie, nine, form a detective agency to solve neighborhood mysteries, Natalie hopes it will help her win a school election, while Annie seeks the mother who abandoned her." M WATSON, S.

Wood, M. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. c2010. "Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball." FIC WOOD, M.