CRRL Kids: Good Reading for 4th Grade 2012

A Tale of Two Castles
A Tale of Two Castles By Levine, Gail Carson (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Lev Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.

Boys of Steel
Boys of Steel The Creators of Superman By Nobleman, Marc Tyler (Book - 2008 ) 920 No Available in some locations

Annotation:Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, two misfit teens in Cleveland, were more like Clark Kent than Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of science fiction and pulp magazine tales. In 1934, they created the superhero, but it was four years before they convinced a publisher to take a chance on their Man of Steel in a new format--the comic book.

Captain Nobody
Captain Nobody By Pitchford, Dean (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Pit Available in some locations

Annotation:When Newton dresses up as an unusual superhero for Halloween, he decides to keep wearing the costume after the holiday to help save townspeople and eventually his injured brother.

Chicken Feathers
Chicken Feathers By Cowley, Joy (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Cow Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of Josh’s summer while his mother is in the hospital awaiting the birth of his baby sister, and his pet chicken Semolina--who talks but only to him--is almost killed by a red fox.

Donavan's Double Trouble
Donavan's Double Trouble By DeGross, Monalisa (Book - 2008 ) FICTION DeG Available in some locations

Annotation:Fourth-grader Donavan is sensitive about the problems he has understanding math, and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donavan's problems get even worse as he struggles to accept this "new" Uncle Vic.

Dragonbreath By Vernon, Ursula (Paperback - 2012 ) Available in some locations

Annotation:Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process. Part of a series.

Every Thing on It
Every Thing on It Poems and Drawings By Silverstein, Shel (Book - 2011 ) 811 Si Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of more than one hundred and thirty never-before-seen poems and drawings completed by the cherished American artist and selected by his family from his archives.

How to Clean A Hippopotamus
How to Clean A Hippopotamus A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships By Jenkins, Steve (Book - 2010 ) 591.5 Je Available in some locations

Annotation:Learn about the ingenious lifestyles of some of the world's most unusual animal partners.

Igraine the Brave
Igraine the Brave By Funke, Cornelia Caroline (Book - 2007 ) FICTION Fun Available in some locations

Annotation:The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight, and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

Junonia By Henkes, Kevin (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Hen Available in some locations

Annotation:The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.

Justin Case
Justin Case School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters By Vail, Rachel (Book - 2010 ) FICTION Vai Available in some locations

Annotation:Justin K. (for Krzeszewski), nicknamed Justin Case, has fairly standard worries (former best friends, rope climbing in gym) and pretty typical joys (current best friends, making it to the top of the rope). Part of a series.

Lizards By Bishop, Nic (Book - 2010 ) 597.95 Bi Available in some locations

Annotation:Breathtaking full-page images introduce the beauty and diversity of lizards. Simple, engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about the appearance, habits, and life cycle of these amazing reptiles. One of many nature books for young people by this author.

Lost And Found
Lost And Found By Clements, Andrew (Paperback - 2010 ) Available in some locations

Annotation:Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. Again. But at least they'll have each other's company at their new school. Except, on the first day of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one knows about his brother. Ray's not on the attendance lists and doesn't have a locker, or even a student folder. Jay decides that this lost information could be very...useful. And fun. Maybe even a little dangerous. As these two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty.

Mirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse By Singer, Marilyn (Book - 2010 ) 811 Si Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Fairy tales, retold in poetry, are literally turned on their heads. First, read the poems forward (how old-fashioned!), then reverse the lines and read them again, giving familiar tales a delicious new spin.

One Dog and His Boy
One Dog and His Boy By Ibbotson, Eva (Book - 2012 ) FICTION Ibb Available in some locations

Annotation:When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live.

Owen & Mzee
Owen & Mzee The Language of Friendship By Hatkoff, Isabella (Book - 2007 ) 599.635 Ha Available in some locations

Annotation:Continues the story of the unusual friendship between Owen, a young orphaned hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year old Aldabra tortoise. Second in a series.

Piper Reed, Navy Brat
Piper Reed, Navy Brat By Holt, Kimberly Willis (Book - 2007 ) FICTION Hol Available in some locations

Annotation: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. First in a series.

The Biggest Joke Book Ever (no Kidding)
The Biggest Joke Book Ever (no Kidding) By Pellowski, Michael (Book - 2011 ) 793.735 Pe Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 20 copies

Annotation:This book is jam packed with hundreds and hundreds of jokes for kids. Includes goofy gags, twisted tongue twisters, riddles, and more.

The Get Rich Quick Club
The Get Rich Quick Club By Gutman, Dan (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Gut Available in some locations

Annotation:Summer vacation in their small Maine town does not look too promising until twelve-year-old Gina and four of her friends make a pact to become millionaires before school starts in September.

The Lemonade Crime
The Lemonade Crime By Davies, Jacqueline (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Dav Available in some locations

Annotation:Money has disappeared from Evan's pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it. Evan's younger sister organize the entire class into a courtroom trial to prove what really happened. Will the real truth be known? Part of a series.

The Magician's Elephant
The Magician's Elephant By DiCamillo, Kate (Book - 2009 ) FICTION DiC Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

The Maze of Bones
The Maze of Bones 39 Clues By Riordan, Rick (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Rio Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 25 copies

Annotation:What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away ... or get the first clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the clue - and begin a very dangerous race. Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the thirty-nine clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family. First of a series.

The Mouse Family Robinson
The Mouse Family Robinson By King-Smith, Dick (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Kin Available in some locations

Annotation:After a close call with the cat who stalks the hallways, a family of wild mice, including adventurous, young Beaumont and elderly Uncle Brown, emigrates to a more mouse-friendly house down the block.

The Penderwicks
The Penderwicks A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy By Birdsall, Jeanne (Book - 2005 ) FICTION Bir Available in some locations

Annotation:This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will--won't they? One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget. First of a series.

Word After Word After Word
Word After Word After Word By MacLachlan, Patricia (Book - 2010 ) FICTION Mac Available in some locations

Annotation:"Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class-bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding. From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories-word after word after word."

Worst of Friends
Worst of Friends Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of An American Feud By Jurmain, Suzanne (Book - 2011 ) 920 Ju Available in some locations

Annotation:John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House.

Young Fredle
Young Fredle By Voigt, Cynthia (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Voi Available in some locations

Annotation:Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.

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