Good Reading for Fourth Grade

Runt: A Novel

By Marion Dane Bauer

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Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father, King, and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name.

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Rosa

By Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture-book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

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Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl

By Marissa Moss

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In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family's adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.

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Night Boat to Freedom

By Margot Theis Raven and E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)

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Granny Judith adds a square to her quilt for each runaway slave Christmas John rows across the river. Rich, dark watercolors punctuated with red capture both the fear and the hope in these daring flights to freedom.

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Me Oh Maya!

By Jon Scieszka

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Joe, Fred, and Sam find themselves whisked by The Book to the main ring-ball court in Chichin Itza, Mexico in 1000 A.D., where they must play for their lives against a Mayan High Priest who cheats.

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Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop

By Mary Quattlebaum

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His plot in a community garden brings 10-year-old Jackson Jones more zucchini than he cares to see and the unwanted attention of a bully, but when a company plans to destroy the garden, Jackson turns his attention to trying to save it.

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Ida B : --And Her Plans To Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, And (Possibly) Save The World

By Katherine Hannigan

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Fourth grader Ida B feels betrayed when, because of her mother's illness, her parents send her to public school after years of happy and productive homeschooling.

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Giant Rat of Sumatra: Or Pirates Galore

By Sid Fleischman

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Twelve-year-old cabin boy Shipwreck only wants to find his way home from San Diego to New England, but first he must face snarling mutineers, barefoot bandits, hairbreadth escapes, duels, cunning barkeeps, simmering revenge, secret identities, scrappy orphans, and more.

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Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts about How Animals Adapt

By Joanne Settel

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Slimy larvae, regurgitating birds, and bloodsucking bats may strike humans as gross, but they're all a part of nature.
 

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Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up

By Lisa Westberg Peters

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Twenty-two poems about geology, some serious, some silly, plus information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape.

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