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Choose two books from the following list of fantastic suggestions to read over the summer. Be ready to share a short description of the plot, the setting of the story, and the main characters. In addition, be ready to share whether you would recommend the book to other fourth graders, giving reasons for your opinion. You may write down your answers on an index card or piece of paper if this is helpful, if you think you will forget this information once school begins.
Call Number: 741.5 COM
A collection of comics about every kid's favorite school subject: recess
Dog Man by
Call Number: 741.5 PIL
George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
Giants Beware! by
Call Number: 741.5 AGU
Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by
Call Number: 741.5 HAT
Zita is determined to find her way home to Earth, but her exploits have made her an intergallactic megastar, and as her true self is eclipsed by her public persona, she faces a robot doppelganger, unsure of who she can trust.
The Stonekeeper by
Call Number: 741.5 KIB
After moving to their ancestral home, Emily and Navin's mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature in the basement that leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home.
Free As a Bird by
The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo. When Malala Yousafzai was born, people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything. In Pakistan, people said girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country. And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens--to anyone who would listen--and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be as free as a bird. Free as a Bird is the inspiring true story of a fearless girl and the father who taught her to soar. -- Provided by publisher.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by
Publication Date: 2017-08-29
A brief rhyming account of the childhood and work of Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who lives with high-functioning autism.
Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by
Call Number: 599.884 APP
"The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta"--Provided by publisher.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by
Call Number: 92 LIS
"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources"--Provided by publisher.
Sergeant Reckless by
Call Number: 92 SER
Looks at the life the contributions to the Korean War made by the horse Sergeant Reckless.
Call Number: 597.96 BIS
Naturalist Nic Bishop provides an in-depth examination of snakes, featuring full-color images, and sharing details on the characteristics, habitats, and abilities of various species of reptiles.
You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by
Call Number: 92 MAY
A visual profile of baseball star Willie Mays, tracing his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants.
Call Number: FIC BAU
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.
Little Dog, Lost by
A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man's aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.
A Nest for Celeste by
Call Number: FIC COL
Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.
The One and Only Ivan by
Call Number: FIC APP
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
The World According to Humphrey by
Call Number: FIC BIR
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.
Because of Winn-Dixie by
Call Number: FIC DIC
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Grades 3 and up.
A Boy Called Bat by
Call Number: FIC ARN
"When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently"--OCLC.
Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire by
Fifth-grader Cleo Edison Oliver is full of money-making ideas, and her fifth-grade Passion Project is no different--but things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted at the same time.
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.
Gifts from the Sea by
Call Number: FIC KIN
Quila and her father, living alone in a remote Maine lighthouse in the 1850's, find their lives profoundly changed when a baby washes ashore and they decide to keep her as part of their family.
The Gold-Threaded Dress by
Call Number: FIC MAR
When Oy and her Thai American family move to a new neighborhood, her third-grade classmates tease and exclude her because she is different.
Izzy Barr, Running Star by
Call Number: FIC MIL
Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade, but her father always seems to think her brother Dustin is better. She pretends she does not care but as the citywide 10K run approaches, Izzy really wants her father to join the rest of her family and her friends in watching her run.
Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet by
Jake remembers the terrible days in third grade when everbody thought he was the teacher's pet
Navy Brat by
Call Number: Series Piper Reed HOL
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.
No Talking by
Call Number: FIC CLE
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Phineas L. Macguire... Erupts! by
Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning.
Ramona the Pest by
Call Number: FIC CLE
Ramona starts kindergarten where her good intentions and uncontrollable curiosity lead her to be labeled a pest.
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by
Call Number: FIC BLU
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
"A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are"--Provided by publisher.
The Year of the Dog by
Call Number: FIC LIN
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.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by
Call Number: FIC SEL
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.
"A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.--Provided by Publisher."
Turtle in Paradise by
Call Number: FIC HOL
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.
Fantasy and Magic Fiction
The Doll People by
Call Number: FIC MAR
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.
The Hero Revealed by
Call Number: FIC BON
Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by
Call Number: FIC DIC
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
Grades 3 and up.
Ollie's Odyssey by
Call Number: FIC JOY
"When a toy is bestowed with the title of "favorite," it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit"--Provided by publisher.
Satch and Me by
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.
Upside-Down Magic (Grades 3 and up) by
Call Number: FIC MLY
Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.
The Vanishing Coin (Grades 3 and up) by
Call Number: FIC EGA
Fourth-grader Mike Weiss isn’t a bad kid, but he’s always in trouble. Mike and his new neighbor Nora (who is good at everything) find the White Rabbit Magic Shop, which is owned by a real magician. They begin to discover that magic might be the thing Mike is really good at.
Call Number: FIC APP
An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by
Publication Date: FIC BAS
Fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson is having a really bad day--class bullies Tariq and Keisha are mad at him, his best friend Wardell has nominated him for hall monitor, a pack of ice zombies from a frozen world are demanding he return the magic ring that Keisha has, and somehow he has to find a wayto save the school.
Appleblossom the Possum by
Call Number: FIC SLO
A young possum strikes out on her own and winds up trapped in a human house before her brothers can rescue her.
Dying to Meet You by
Call Number: FIC KLI
In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.
Juana and Lucas by
Call Number: FIC MED
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place
Mistakes Were Made by
Call Number: FIC PAS
Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.
The Show Must Go On! by
Call Number: FIC KLI
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus.
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by
Call Number: FIC BAI
When Aunt Min disappears, Eddie the bug leaves the classroom where his family lives to try to find her, then helps save their beloved school library from budget cuts.
The Willoughbys by
Call Number: FIC LOW
A tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, in which the four Willoughby children set out to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.