Staff recommendations for children at a fourth grade reading level.
Jules Feiffer (Juvenile Fiction - J Feiffer)
Julie loves animals. In fact, she loves animals so much that she's assembling a zoo in her room – complete with a hamster, a gangster fish, Turtlini the turtle, and others. Laugh along as Julie adds more pets to her collection and chaos in her family’s life.
Linda Sue Parker (Juvenile Fiction - J Park)
Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.
S.D. Nelson (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 978.0049 Nel)
A simple biography of Lakota-Oglala medicine man Black Elk, from his childhood vision which shaped his life through his battles with the whites and his travels with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
Audrey Vernick (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 796.3579 Ver)
Documents the story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, tracing how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.
Laurence Yep (Juvenile Fiction - J Yep)
Teddy and his little brother Bobby devise strategies using bugs to defeat the school bully.
Steve Jenkins (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 591.77 Jen)
Provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.
Stephen P. Kramer (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 570.282 Kr)
Enter the world of a microscopist. See magnified pictures of jellyfish, dust mites, and other creatures, neatly tinted to accentuate body features. Look for more Scientists in the field titles.
Katherine Hannigan (Juvenile Fiction - J Hanniga)
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
Cornelia Funke (Juvenile Fiction - J Funke)
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.
Jack Gantos (Juvenile Fiction - J Gantos)
When his father rejoins the Navy and moves the family to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, ten-year-old Jack becomes confused by a crush on his teacher, contradictory advice from his parents, and a very strange neighbor. Look for more Jack Henry titles.
Kevin Henkes (Juvenile Fiction – J Henkes)
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.
Sharon Creech (Juvenile Fiction - J Creech)
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
Robert Kraske (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 996.18 Kra)
In 1704 Alexander Selkirk, was dropped off on a deserted South Pacific island by his ship's captain. After four years alone, he was rescued by a British privateer.
Margaret Hodges (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 King Arthur Hod)
In this collection of three exciting Arthurian tales, Merlin the magician watches over young Arthur as he rises to become king of all England.
Frank Cottrell Boyce (Juvenile Fiction - J Cottrel)
After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.
Marilyn Singer (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 811.54 Sin)
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.
Andrew Clement (Juvenile Fiction - J Clement)
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Rita Williams-Garcia (Juvenile Fiction – J Williams)
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Esme Raji Codell (Juvenile Fiction - J Codell)
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
Louis Sachar (Juvenile Ficiton - J Sachar)
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. Look for more Wayside School titles.
Mary Amato (Juvenile Fiction - J Amato)
Join Orville and Wilbur as they get in and out of trouble and invent new games. The objective of Snarf Attack is to make an opponent laugh so hard at dinner that milk comes out of his or her nose. The objective of Underfoodle is to get as many pairs of underwear as possible on your head in thirty seconds. Look for more Riot Brothers titles.
Mary Pope Osborne (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 883 Osb)
Meet Odysseus and share his adventures in which he battles such famous monsters as the Cyclops and meets powerful Greek gods and goddesses. This is the first installment of Mary Pope Osborne’s retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
Holm & Hamel (Juvenile Fiction - J Holm)
A dashing British feline spy is dismayed to find himself stranded in New Jersey and adopted by a typical suburban family, until he puts his skills to good use for his new human. First installment of The Stink Files mystery series.
Gail Carson Levine (Juvenile Fiction - J Le)
In this humorous retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess.
Kate DiCamillo (Juvenile Fiction - J Dicamil)
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Bruce Coville (Juvenile Fiction - J Coville)
Thialfi, the Norse thunder god's goat boy, tells how he inadvertently helped the giant Thrym to steal Thor's magic hammer, the lengths to which Thor must go to retrieve it, and his own assistance along the way.
Jennifer L. Holm (Juvenile Fiction - J Holm)
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.