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: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: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: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.