Good Reading for Third Grade

Start with these recommended books just for your grade.

The Whipping Boy

By Sid Fleischman

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Prince Horace, better known as Prince Brat, decides to run away from the palace, dragging Jemmy, his whipping boy, along with him into surprising adventures.

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The Puppy Sister

By S.E. Hinton

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Aleasha the puppy loves her new family so much, she longs to become just like them. Miss Kitty tells her she’ll never become a real person, but Aleasha won’t give up trying.

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The One-Eyed Giant and Other Monsters from the Greek Myths

By Anne Rockwell

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Relates ten Greek myths featuring an assortment of fantastic creatures, from a snake-headed woman to a half-man, half-horse, to a monster who eats men raw.

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The Gold Cadillac

By Mildred Taylor

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A trip from Chicago to Mississippi in the 1950's shows 'lois and her sister Wilma the reality of racial prejudice as well as the strength of their family.
 

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The Elevator Family

By Douglas Evans

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The Wilson family is disappointed when all the rooms are booked at the San Francisco Hotel - but then they find a darling little room named "Otis" that travels up and down!

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Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

By Donna Jo Napoli, Robert Furrow, and Heather Maione (Illustrator)

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Sly the Sleuth, also known as Sylvia, solves three mysteries for her friends and neighbors, all involving pets, through her detective agency, Sleuth for Hire.

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Ruby Lu, Brave and True

By Lenore Look and Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

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Ruby Lu, not quite eight years old, is enthusiastic about almost everything. In the snappy short chapters of this contemporary story, she performs magic tricks, learns to enjoy Saturday Chinese school, and worries about a visit from a cousin in China.

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Owen Foote, Soccer Star

By Stephanie Greene

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Owen persuades his buddy Joseph to join a neighborhood soccer league, but the games are tougher than last year. Will Joseph stay on the team?

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Not My Dog

By Colby Rodowsky

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Eight-year-old Ellie has to give up her life-long dream of getting a puppy after her parents agree to take in the dog that Great-aunt Margaret can no longer keep.

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Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories

By Rosemary Wells

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Three very moving stories bring to life the true story of Mary Breckenridge, the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, which since 1925 has provided medical service to rural Appalachian Kentucky.

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