Books for 4th Graders

By: Avi, 1937-
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.
By: Aiken, Joan, 1924-2004.
Mortimer, the raven, travels on a cruise to Spain, plots revenge on three giraffes who stole his doughnuts, and discovers some artifacts from King Arthur's time.
By: Barrows, Annie.
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.
By: Birdsall, Jeanne.
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
By: Blume, Judy.
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
By: Brooks, Walter R., 1886-1958.
Freddy is inspired while reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to become a detective and, along with his intrepid partner Mrs. Wiggins the cow, is ultimately challenged to prove that Jinx the cat was framed for murder.
By: Burnford, Sheila Every.
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.
By: Butterworth, Oliver.
One morning Nate looked in the henhouse and saw the biggest egg he'd ever seen. Six weeks later, no one--not the townspeople, the scientific world, the senators from Washington-- was prepared for what hatched. Oliver Butterworth's funny story of a Triceratops in the twentieth century.
By: Clements, Andrew, 1949-
Fifth-grade language arts teacher Mrs. Granger comes to regret her lesson that language is controlled by human beings when her student, Nick Allen, begins a wildly successful campaign to rename the ballpoint pen.
By: Coerr, Eleanor.
Based on a true story, Sadako Sasaki faces the battle of her life when she is told that she has the "atom bomb disease," leukemia, so she turns to her native beliefs by making a thousand paper cranes so that the gods will grant her one wish to be well again.
By: Curtis, Christopher Paul.
As the first child born into freedom in a Canadian town for runaway slaves, eleven-year-old Elijah finds himself on a dangerous journey to America to track down an unscrupulous former slave who stole the money from his friend, Mr. Leroy, that was intended to buy his family their freedom from slavery.
By: Dahl, Roald
The BFG--Big Friendly Giant--kidnaps Sophie from her bed in the orphanage and takes her back to Giantland where she becomes involved in a scheme to end the loathsome activities of nine evil giants.
By: Davies, Jacqueline, 1962-
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn one hundred dollars.
By: DuPrau, Jeanne.
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina finds part of an ancient message that she is sure holds a secret to save her underground city from ruin, but Lina and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever.
By: Eager, Edward.
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.
By: DiCamillo, Kate.
An illustrated fairy tale tells the adventures of Despereaux Tilling the mouse and his two associates, Roscuro the rat and Miggery Sow, who happen upon a journey together to a castle where their destiny awaits.
By: Goscinny, 1926-1977.
Follows Nicholas as he runs away, buys his mother a birthday gift, and worries about showing his parents his report card.
By: Holm, Jennifer L.
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
By: Holt, Kimberly Willis.
Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.
By: O'Connor, Barbara.
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
By: McSwigan, Marie.
Based on a true story, this heroic tale, set in Norway during World War II, follows a group of courageous schoolchildren who outwit the invading Nazis by sledding thirteen tons of gold bricks down the mountain to a waiting ship, keeping their country's treasure out of Nazi hands.
By: Stewart, Trenton Lee.
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
By: Peirce, Lincoln.
Supremely confident middle-school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
By: Smith, Jeff, 1960 February 27-
The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.
By: Davis, Eleanor, 1983-
Super-smart Julian Calendar thinks starting junior high at a new school will mean he can shed his nerdy image-but then he meets Ben and Greta, two secret scientists like himself! The three form a secret club, complete with a high-tech lair. There, they can work to their hearts content on projects like the Stink-O-Meter, the Kablovsky Copter, and the Nightsneak Goggles. All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist's dastardly plan to rob a museum. Can three inventors, armed with their wacky creations, hope to defeat this criminal mastermind?