4th Grade

Adventure

Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon.
The adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, as he tries to pass the initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon.

Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach.
James is miserable living with his two nasty aunts. When he spills magic crystals on a peach tree, a giant peach grows, and grows, until James climbs inside the fruit and rolls away to a fantastic adventure.

DuBois, William Pene. The Twenty-One Balloons.
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.

Eager, Edward. Half Magic.
Four siblings embark on a series of extraordinary adventures after finding a magic coin that grants exactly half of what they wish.

Kehret, Peg. Earthquake Terror.
When an earthquake hits an isolated island, Jonathan must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed sister, and his dog alive until help arrives.

O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Left on an island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl lives alone for eighteen years, surviving on her enormous courage and self-reliance.

Animals

DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.
Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father and makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida.

Gardiner, John. Stone Fox.
Willy trains with his dog Searchlight daily.  He is determined to win a dog sled race to save his grandfather’s farm, but he must beat the undefeated Stone Fox, an imposing and silent Native American.

Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague.
On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a band of wild ponies. Among them is Phantom, a mare that eludes all efforts to capture her, until a young boy and girl determine that they can’t live without her. Phantom will forever be a creature of the wild, but her gentle colt Misty is another story.

King-Smith, Dick. The School Mouse.
When Flora the school mouse learns to read, no one – not even her parents can see the use in it.  She must convince them that reading is important – especially after she finds a bag marked POISON!

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh.
When 11-year-old Marty finds a mistreated beagle pup, he has to face tough questions. Should he return the dog to its owner, only to have the animal abused again? Should he tell his parents? Should he steal food to help the poor creatures?

Classics

Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
The unexpected arrival of an Antarctic penguin changes the life of a house-painter who dreams of exploring the Poles.  The Popper family soon includes twelve penguins, and they have hilarious adventures touring as “Popper’s Performing Penguins.”

Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats.
Four children and a hard-working widowed mother live together on New Dollar Street in the village of Cranbury. Their seemingly quiet lives are studded with almost daily unexpected adventures, with laugh-out-loud results.

Haywood, Carolyn. B is for Betsy.
Betsy is scared about going to school, but it turns out to be a great place. She learns about tadpoles and the true meaning of Thanksgiving, makes new friends, and has more fun than she’d ever imagined.

Lindgren, Astrid. The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.
Pippi is a nine-year-old girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. Her high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun.

Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
When Chester, a musically talented cricket from Connecticut, is accidentally transported to the 42nd Street Subway Station in New York City, he finds shelter in a newsstand and makes friends with Mario, a young boy, Tucker the Mouse and Harry the Cat.

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.
A pig named Wilbur befriends Charlotte, a spider who lives in the rafters above his pen. To save her friend’s bacon, Charlotte spins a web that reads “Some Pig,” convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Coville, Bruce. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher.
While trying to dodge the pestering Mary Lou, Jeremy finds himself in a small magic shop where he purchases a strange egg. Out of the egg hatches a dragon that only Jeremy and Mary Lou can see.

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father’s Dragon.
Elmer Elevator runs away to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island.

Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula.
When the Monroe family finds a rabbit at a showing of Dracula, they give their new pet the perfect name – Bunnicula.  Chester, the cat, suspects that Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit, and he enlists Harold, the dog, to help prove it.

Martin, Ann M. The Doll People.
Annabelle Doll is 8 years old…and has been for over 100 years. Nothing much has changed in the dollhouse during that time.  When the “Real Pink Plastic” Funcraft family moves in next door, the Doll family’s world is turned upside down–in more ways than one!

Pinkwater, Daniel. Fat Men From Space.
Through his radio tooth, William learns of an invasion by spacemen who are taking all of earth’s supply of junk food.

Service, Pamela. Stinker from Space.
In the middle of an outer-space battle, space warrior Tsynq Yr is forced to land on earth and switch into the body of a skunk. Thank goodness Karen stops by. With her computer-whiz friend Jonathan, she hatches a scheme to get their new friend back into orbit.

Historical Fiction

Dorris, Michael. Sees Behind Trees.
Walnut, a near-sighted Native American boy, has an uncanny ability to use his other senses, earning the adult name Sees Behind Trees. The boy earns the respect of his tribe when he escorts an elderly wise man on a dangerous journey.

Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon!
Jack and his aunt’s faithful butler, Praiseworthy, set out to strike it rich in the Gold Rush. As they travel by sea and land, the pair meet a series of memorable characters such as the daring, crusty sea Captain Swain and the diabolical Cut-Eye Higgins.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily’s Crossing.
Lily’s blissful summer of 1944 comes to a rude halt when her father is drafted into the military. Left alone with her grandmother in the family’s summer home in Rockaway, New York, Lily befriends Albert, a shy Hungarian refugee her own age.

Speare, Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver.
Matt is trying his best to survive on his own until his family returns to their pioneer homestead in the Maine wilderness. Matt becomes friends with a Native American boy, Attean, and when his family does not return as expected, Matt must decide if he should continue waiting or begin a new life with his friend.

Humorous

Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Fourth-grader Peter Hatcher’s little brother, Fudgie, is constantly meddling with Peter’s stuff and throwing tantrums. But the worst trouble comes when Fudge gets his hands on Peter’s pet turtle, Dribble.

Cleary, Beverley. Ramona the Pest.
Ramona knows that she isn’t a pest on purpose. So how in the world does she get in trouble? Why does Davy run away whenever Ramona comes near him? And how does she manage to disrupt her whole class?

Dahl, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Three mean farmers wage a war on the noble and clever Fantastic Mr. Fox.  When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him.  Who will win in the end?

Peck, Robert Newton. Soup. (Series)
This series of novels embellishes the author’s childhood adventures with Soup, his mischievous best friend whose practical jokes often result in mayhem at such small-town functions as parades and school plays.

Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
The Herdmans are absolutely and without question the worst kids “in the entire history of the world.” When they take over the church Christmas pageant, the first Christmas becomes new and real in surprising ways.

Rockwell, Thomas. How to Eat Fried Worms.
In order to win a new minibike, Billy must eat 15 worms in 15 days.  Luckily, Billy’s friends and family cook up a variety of delights – worms drenched in ketchup and mustard, fried in butter and cornmeal, and Whizbang Worm Delight.

Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high, with 30 classrooms side by side; instead, it was built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories. Each of the students in the 30th-story classroom has a very strange story to tell.

Mystery

Byars, Betsy. Disappearing Acts.
Herculeah stumbles onto the trail of her friend Meat’s long-lost father while she and Meat are investigating the disappearance of a dead body from the men’s room of a comedy club.

Defelice, Cynthia. The Ghost of Cutler Creek.
When Allie is contacted by the ghost of a dog, she and Dub investigate the surly new boy at school and his father, who may be running a puppy mill, to see if they are involved.

Friedrich, Joachim. 4-1/2 Friends and the Secret Cave.
A lonely boy named Radish Rademacher hopes to become a member of his twin sister’s detective agency after showing the members an old treasure map he found in a cave.

Hale, Bruce. This Gum for Hire: A Chet Gecko Mystery.
To save his own skin, private eye Chet Gecko sets out to solve the mystery of Emerson Hicky Elementary School’s disappearing football players.

Holm and Hame. The Postman Always Brings Mice. (Stink Files #1)
A dashing feline spy, James Edward Bristlefur, is dismayed to find himself stranded in New Jersey and adopted by a typical suburban family, until he puts his skills to use for his new human.

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Wright, Betty Ren. The Dollhouse Murders.
A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them lead Amy and her retarded sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.

Realistic Fiction

Bulla, Clyde. Shoeshine Girl.
Sarah Ida wants has to spend the summer with her Aunt Claudia. With no allowance and no fun to be had, she decides to look for a job. But who will hire a ten year old? Al, the shoeshine man, will!  Sarah loves her job, but when something terrible happens, the shoeshine stand may have to close forever.

Clements, Andrew. Frindle.
When Nick decides to start calling his pen a “frindle,” the new word spreads like wildfire.  His classmates, the townspeople – everyone’s calling their pens “frindles.”  Nick’s crotchety teacher wants to end all the nonsense, but it’s too late.  There’s no stopping the frindle phenomenon.

Greene, Stephanie. Queen Sophie Hartley.
Sophie has tried ballet, the violin, and horseback riding lessons, but she’s just not talented like her siblings. Her mother reminds her that she is good at being kind, an underrated skill. In her quest to fine-tune this ability, Sophie runs afoul of the new girl at school, but also makes some unexpected friends.

Lin, Grace. The Year of the Dog.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, Grace, a Taiwanese-American girl, tries to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog to her life, making best friends and finding her true self.

 
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