Fourth Grade: Good Reading

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

By Rachel Vail

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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).
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The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud

By Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

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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.
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A Tale of Two Castles

By Gail Carson Levine

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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.
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Boys of Steel : The Creators of Superman

By Marc Tyler Nobleman

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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.
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Captain Nobody

By Dean Pitchford

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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.

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Chicken Feathers

By Joy Cowley

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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.

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Donavan's Double Trouble

By Monalisa DeGross

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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.

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Dragonbreath

By Ursula Vernon

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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.
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Every Thing on It: Poems and Drawings

By Shel Silverstein

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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.
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How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships

By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

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