Grade 4

Suggestions for Summer Reading
Applegate, Katherine              The One and Only Ivan
Ivan has grown used to humans watching him in his cage - he doesn’t miss his life in the jungle.
He thinks about all kinds of things, but mostly Ivan thinks about art.  He meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see his life through new eyes.
 
 
(2013 Newbery Medal winner)
 
Blume, Judy                Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem.
 
Clements, Andrew                  Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers Of The School: We The Children
Benjamin Pratt's harbor-side school is going to be bulldozed to make room for an amusement park.  Something about the plan seems fishy and Ben and his friend Jill are determined to find out what. Can they find the answers they need to save their school from total destruction?
 
Dahl, Roald                 Matilda
Matilda, a smart sensitive little girl, uses her ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, her wicked headmistress and to save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.
Fleischman, Sid           The White Elephant
In old Siam, young elephant trainer Run-Run and his old charge, Walking Mountain, must deal with the curse of a sacred white elephant.
 
Han, Jenny                  Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.
 
Hest, Amy                   Letters to Leo
In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.
 
Holt, Kimberly Willis              Piper Reed Gets a Job
When she discovers the price of the coveted clubhouse, ten-year-old Piper and her fellow Gypsy Club members try to earn the money by creating a birthday-party-planning business.
 
Jennings, Patrick                     Guinea Dog
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog.
 
Kerley, Barbara                       The Extraordinary Mark Twain (according to Susy)
Thirteen-year-old Susy Clemens wants the world to know that her papa, Mark Twain, is more than just a humorist and sets out to write a comprehensive biography of the American icon.
 
 
Kinney, Jeff                Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Can Greg Heffley weather the storm when his ENTIRE family gets snowed in for the holidays? As if he doesn't have enough to deal with, Greg's also gets blamed for damaging school property.
 
Krishnaswami, Uma                The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and so when she learns that her family is moving to India for two years, her devastation over leaving her best friend in Maryland is tempered by the possibility of meeting her favorite actress, Dolly Singh.
 
Larson, Kirby              The Friendship Doll
Throughout the twentieth century, Miss Kanagawa, one of fifty-eight dolls made to serve as ambassadors from Japan to the United States, travels the country learning to love while changing the lives of those who need her.
 
Lin, Grace                   The Year of the Dog: a Novel
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
 
Look, Lenore              Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping Hiking and other Natural Disasters
When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.
 
Peirce, Lincoln                        Big Nate on a Roll
With Big Nate on a Roll, Lincoln Peirce delivers more of what kids love: witty dialogue, plenty of hilarious cartoon strips and all sorts of funny scenarios to laugh about and totally relate to.
             
Russell, Rachel Renee             Dork Diaries #1 Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
This book chronicles Nikki's trials and tribulations as the new girl at school, her love/hate fascination with the school's queen bee, her crush and her epic battle to convince her mom to buy her an iPhone.           
 
Santat, Dan                 Sidekicks
Captain Amazing feels he's getting too old to be a reliable superhero, so he tries to hire a new sidekick.  His pets have different ideas.
 
Scieszka, Jon               Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci
In their latest time travel adventure, Fred, Joe, and Sam da Brooklyn meet Leonardo da Vinci and try to avoid becoming toilet scrubbers in a sixteenth-century Italian army.
 
Selfors, Suzanne                     Smells Like Treasure
Farm boy Homer faces another challenger for his uncle's spot in the society of Legends, Objects, Secrets, and Treasures but Dog's hidden ability to smell treasure guides the duo as clues lead them to fantastic mansions and hidden islands.
 
Shiga, Jason                Meanwhile
In this choose-your-own adventure graphic novel, a boy stumbles on the laboratory of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine.
 
Taylor, Sydney                        All-of-a-kind Family
Five Jewish sisters growing up on New York's lower East Side in the early twentieth century.
 
Urban, Linda               Hound Dog True
Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.
 
West, Jacqueline                     The Shadows
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.
 
Williams, Marcia         My (secret) War Diary: My History of the Second World War 1939-1945
Marcia Williams uses her own family mementos to create a diary of a nine-year-old girl in Britain during World War II.
 
Wong, Janet S.            Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer
Ten-year-old Jake's summer starts off badly, goes downhill when his family visits Los Angeles, California, and his old friends are too busy for him, then gets even worse after he disagrees with Minn when her family joins his for a trip to Disneyland.
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