Good Reading for Fourth Grade

The Liberation of Gabriel King

By K.L. Going

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Soon-to-be fifth-grader Gabriel spends his summer trying to overcome fears of spiders and sixth graders, but when his best friend is threatened with a Ku Klux Klan visit, fear takes on a very different look.

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The Copper Treasure

By Melvin Burgess and Richard Williams (Illustrator)

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In the 1850s, danger and suspense accompany the attempt by three small boys to salvage a valuable roll of sheet copper from the bottom of the Thames River.

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The Book of Three

By Lloyd Alexander

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Taran is only an assistant pig-keeper when he suddenly finds himself meeting his hero and fighting the evil Horned King.

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The Birchbark House

By Louise Erdrich

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Through the eyes of an exuberant Ojibwa girl, readers experience the thrill of the rice harvest and other seasonal celebrations, the daily joys and frustrations of family life in 1847, and the fearsome changes coming to her Lake Superior island home with the "chimookomanug," the white people.

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Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World

By George Shannon

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Brief folktales in which there is a mystery or problem that the reader is invited to solve before the resolution is presented.

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Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust

By April Pulley Sayre and Ann Jonas (Illustrator)

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Explains the origins of dust, what dust is, and how dust shows up in the world.

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Star In The Storm

By Joan Hiatt Harlow

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Set in a 1912 Newfoundland fishing village, this is old-fashioned in all the best ways: a page-turning plot; a likable heroine facing tough choices with courage and humor; loving, principled parents; and a great dog, in both size and heart.

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

By Joyce Sidman

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A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

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Soft Rain: a story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

By Cornelia Cornelissen

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Soft Rain is 9 years old when her life changes. Without warning, white soldiers arrive at her house. They command Soft Rain and her mother to come with them, taking only the possessions they can instantly pack and carry. They are forced to leave behind Soft Rain's blind grandmother, her father and brother, and even her puppy. This is the inspiring story of Soft Rain's courage and determination.

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Science Verse

By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.

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