Books Every Fourth Grader Should Know
Annotation:Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
Annotation:Sixth-grader Matthew Martin trades insults daily with his older sister and plays embarrassing practical jokes on the girls in his class. When the girls threaten to disrupt his birthday party, Matthew must confront the consequences of his obnoxious behavior.
Annotation:DuBois relates the fantastic adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic Ocean.
Annotation:The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, who is frequently the victim of the Great Brain’s schemes for gaining prestige or money.
Annotation:A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
Annotation:Having runaway with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
Annotation:Anastasia’s 10th year includes some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother as well as some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.
Annotation:Milo, tired of problems with his sister, parents, and classmates, finds a book in the library which promises to make him perfect in just three days.
Annotation:When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide the dog from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
Annotation:Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in 18th century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
Annotation:A young orphan, afraid of being sent to the workhouse, finds himself at the mercy of the unsavory owner of a tavern in Alexandria, Virginia while he tries to solve the mystery surrounding his past and a missing twin.
Annotation:A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them, lead Amy and her disabled sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.