Fourth Grade: Good Reading

Igraine the Brave

By Cornelia Funke

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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.
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Junonia

By Kevin Henkes

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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.
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Lizards

By Nic Bishop

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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.

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Lost and Found

By Andrew Clements

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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.
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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

By Marilyn Singer

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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.
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One Dog and His Boy

By Eva Ibbotson

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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.

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Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship

By Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

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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.

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Piper Reed: Navy Brat

By Kimberly Willis Holt

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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.

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The Biggest Joke Book Ever (No Kidding)

By Michael Pellowski

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This book is jam packed with hundreds and hundreds of jokes for kids. Includes goofy gags, twisted tongue twisters, riddles, and more.
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The Get Rich Quick Club

By Dan Gutman

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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.

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