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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.
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.
Call Number: 741.5 WAN
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness
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.
Call Number: 92 BRO
Publication Date: 2020-04-07
A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize"--Provided by publisher.
Growing up Pedro (Grades 3 and up) by
Call Number: 92 MAR
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
An illustrated biography of Pedro Martinez that describes his childhood and how he became a famous baseball player.
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.
Soldier for Equality by
Call Number: 92 TON
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
Using his signature illustration style and [José de la] Luz's diary entries from the war, award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of a Mexican American war hero and his fight for equality
Were I Not a Girl by
Call Number: 92 BAR
Publication Date: 2020-10-20
A picture book biography that tells the story of Dr. James Barry, born female, who lived as a man from age 18 to his death.
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.
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.
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by
Call Number: FIC LEE
Publication Date: 2020-01-14
Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!
What If a Fish by
Call Number: FIC FAR
Publication Date: 2020-08-11
Eleven-year-old Eddie Aguado is convinced that winning the 14th Annual Arne Hopkins Dock Fishing Tournament (once he actually learns how to fish) will bring him closer to his dad, who died when Eddie was only five
"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.
Becoming Muhammad Ali by
Call Number: FIC PAT
Publication Date: 2020-10-05
A biographical novel tells the story of Cassius Clay, the determined boy who would one day become Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time
Finding Langston by
Call Number: FIC CLI
Publication Date: 2018-08-14
Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.
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."
Fantasy and Magic Fiction
Amari and the Night Brothers by
Call Number: FIC ALS
Publication Date: 2021-01-19
Harry Potter meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor. Thirteen -year-old Amari gets an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join in the fight against an evil magician.
Love Sugar Magic: a Dash of Trouble by
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Leonora Logroña discovers her sisters and mother are not just bakers but also witches and tries to prove herself as good as them by helping a friend.
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by
Call Number: FIC CUE
Publication Date: 2020-07-21
A Cuban-American boy must use his ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a witch that transforms into animals.
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.
Awesome Dog 5000 by
Call Number: FIC DEA
Publication Date: 2019-07-02
When video game fanatic Marty, who is ten, arrives in a new town, his worst fear is being labeled a "dork" until the robotic dog he finds catches the attention of a mad scientist.
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
Max and the Midknights by
Call Number: FIC PEI
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
Max and a group of friends dubbed the Midknights go on a quest to rescue the Kingdom of Byjovia from the mean King Gastley! Ebook.
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.
I Am Every Good Thing by
Call Number: E BAR
Publication Date: 2020-09-01
Let's hear it for everything that makes you the amazing, awesome, inspiring kid that you are... Your curiosity and creativity. Your bravery and kindness. Your sense of humor and fun. Your ability to get up again when you get knocked down. Your way of helping others. Yeah--you are all that and more! You are every good thing that makes the world go round. So go ahead and show us your magnificence--all the things that make you, you.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by
Call Number: E QUI
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her
The Proudest Blue by
Call Number: E MUH
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school. Audio and ebook.