4th Grade

 

Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories.  Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Alexander's army by Chris D'Lacey

Michael Malone is assigned to investigate a local comic shop by the mysterious UNICORNE agency because they are displaying a comic book with a disturbingly familiar heroine.  He soon realizes that the sinister shop hides an invisible army come to life, with a menacing maniac at its head.  And worse, he does not know if he can trust his fellow agents.

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley
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Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

 

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Anna's blizzard by Alison Hart

Having never excelled at schoolwork, twelve-year-old Anna discovers that she may know a few things about survival when the 1888 Children's Blizzard traps her and her classmates in their Nebraska schoolhouse.

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Follow the adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Ariol. 3, Happy as a pig... by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol, a twelve-year-old donkey living in the suburbs, has mischievous adventures with his best friend, Ramono, who is a pig with a snout like an electrical socket.

In these fictionalized accounts of the true stories of three people who made separate attempts to travel around the world in the late nineteenth century, you'll learn about Thomas Stevens, who made the journey on a bicycle, reporter Nellie Bly, who used conventional methods of travel, and sea captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone.

 

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Around the World in 80 Days by Deanna McFadden

In 1872, English gentleman Phileas Fogg has many adventures as he tries to win a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days.

Bartholomew Biddle’s life has always been pretty ordinary, but when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure — and he can’t resist the urge to grab his bedsheet and catch a ride. Soon he’s soaring far above his little town, heading wherever the wind takes him! 

 

Ready to hide under the covers to avoid the bumps and spooks outside your window? Here's a collection of spine-tingling stories. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

 

Looking for something to read that will tickle your funny bone?  Try one of these humorous books.  Some titles will give you a chuckle, while others will make you burst out with laughter.  Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Big Nate doodlepalooza by Lincoln Peirce

Try out this awesome activity book for scribble games, secret codes and nonstop laughs.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Fourth Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Fourth Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J FICTION and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

 

Looking for superheroes like Wonder Woman and Spider-Man? Try checking out one of these super-powered stories. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Almost super by Marion Jensen

Two brothers in a family of superheroes are forced to reexamine everything they knew about being super when the powers they receive are total duds and their enemy is revealed to be just like they are.

When Eugene's parents go away for the weekend, he discovers that his babysitter is a true villain. Will Captain Awesome be able to save himself--and his little sister--from the evil babysitter?

 

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Dinosaurs destroy Detroit by Johnathan Rand

Nick and Summer travel through time and bring a dinosaur egg back to Detroit with them. Unfortunately, they are followed by angry dinosaurs who ransack the city in order to retrieve the egg.

The door in the wall by Marguerite De Angeli

When Robin falls ill and looses the use of his legs, he is taken in by a monk named Brother Luke and taken to a hospice where he is taught wood carving and patience.

 

Explore this selection of great sci-fi and fantasy reads. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

Discover tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

At Camp Whatsitooya, twins Joules and Kevin and new friend Nelson face off against large, rabbit-like creatures from the Mallow Galaxy who thrive on sugar but are not above hypnotizing and eating human campers.

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