Books Every Fourth Grader Should Know

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Mouse and the Motorcycle By Cleary, Beverly Paperback - 2006 J CLE Available in some locations

Annotation:A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Coerr, Eleanor Paperback - 2004 J362.1998 COE Available in some locations

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.

James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach By Dahl, Roald Book - 2002 J DAH Available in some locations

Annotation:A boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes
Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes By Danziger, Paula, 1944- Book - 1989

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.

The Twenty-one Balloons
The Twenty-one Balloons By Pène du Bois, William, 1916-1993. Book - 1986

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.

The Great Brain
The Great Brain By Fitzgerald, John Dennis Book - 2000 J FIT Available in some locations

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.

The Whipping Boy
The Whipping Boy By Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010. Book - 1986 J FLE Available in some locations

Annotation:A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Fig Pudding
Fig Pudding By Fletcher, Ralph J. Paperback - 1996 J FLE Available in some locations

Annotation:Cliff describes the excitement, conflict and sudden tragedy experienced by his large, boisterous family during his 11th year.

My Side of the Mountain
My Side of the Mountain By George, Jean Craighead, 1919- Book - 1988

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.

4B Goes Wild
4B Goes Wild By Gilson, Jamie Book - 1983 J GIL Available in some locations

Annotation:Fourth graders on a three-day camping trip with their teachers experience frights and delights.

Bunnicula A Rabbit Tale of Mystery By Howe, Deborah Book - 1979 J HOW All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Ace, the Very Important Pig
Ace, the Very Important Pig By King-Smith, Dick Paperback - 1997 J KIN Available in some locations

Annotation:Farmer Tubbs’ amazing pig, Ace of Clubs, eventually winds up on television for his cleverness.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By Konigsburg, E. L. Book - 2002

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.

Anastasia Krupnik
Anastasia Krupnik By Lowry, Lois Book - 1979 J LOW Available in some locations

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.

Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days!
Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days! By Manes, Stephen, 1949- Book - 1982 J MAN Available in some locations

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.

Shiloh By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Book - 2000 J NAY Available in some locations

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.

Mick Harte Was Here
Mick Harte Was Here By Park, Barbara Paperback - 1995 J PAR Available in some locations

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls her younger brother Mick and his death in a bicycle accident.

How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms By Rockwell, Thomas, 1933- Book - 1973

Annotation:Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

The Cricket in Times Square
The Cricket in Times Square By Selden, George, 1929- Book - 1970

Annotation:The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

The Sign of the Beaver
The Sign of the Beaver By Speare, Elizabeth George Book - 1983 J SPE Available in some locations

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.

The Twin in the Tavern
The Twin in the Tavern By Wallace, Barbara Brooks, 1922- Book - 1993 J WAL Available in some locations

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.

The Castle in the Attic
The Castle in the Attic By Winthrop, Elizabeth Book - 1994

Annotation:A gift of a toy castle, complete with a silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

The Dollhouse Murders
The Dollhouse Murders By Wright, Betty Ren Book - 1983 J WRI Available in some locations

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.

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