A list of books your fourth grader will enjoy. 2014.

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The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech

J CREECH

One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?


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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo

NEWBERY J DICAMILLO

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.


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Fortunately, the Milk
Neil Gaiman

SF J GAIMAN

While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.


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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein

MYS J GRABENSTEIN

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.


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A Tangle of Knots
Lisa Graff

SF J GRAFF

Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.


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The Abominables
Eva Ibbotson

SF J IBBOTSON

A century after a yeti captures Lady Agatha Farlingham and takes her to a hidden valley to raise his motherless children, tourism threatens their peaceful existence and young Con and Ellen take these educated and civilized yetis across Europe to Lady Agatha’s home in England.


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Bo at Ballard Creek
Kirkpatrick Hill

HIST J HILL

It’s the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village.


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A Hundred Horses
Sarah Lean

HORSES J LEAN

Eleven-year-old Nell must spend spring break in the country with an aunt and cousins she has never met, but while there she meets a mysterious, wild girl with a strange connection to horses and an uncanny understanding of Nell.


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Elvis and the Underdogs
Jenny Lee

J LEE

All his life Benji, now ten, has been sickly and he has long been targeted by the school bully, but after a seizure Benji gets a therapy dog that is not only big enough to protect him, it can also talk.


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The Mystery of Meerkat Hill: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries))
Alexander McCall Smith

MYS J MCCALL SMITH

Precious Ramotswe has two new friends at school and they have the funniest and most resourceful pet you can imagine. But they are upset that their family’s most valuable possession, their cow, has gone missing. Precious has a plan to find the missing animal but she needs the help of another in her search. Will she succeed and what obstacles will she face on her path?


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Binny for Short
Hilary McKay

J MCKAY

Eleven-year-old Binny struggles to cope with her father’s death and the loss of her beloved dog while she adjusts to a new home that might be haunted by her horrible Aunt Violet.


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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail
Richard Peck

J PECK

A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.


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Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton
Matt Phelan

GRAPHIC J PHELAN

In 1908, Henry meets young actor Buster Keaton in his hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.


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Stranded
Jeff Probst,Chris Tebbetts

J PROBST

Jane, Buzz, Carter, and Vanessa, aged nine to thirteen, are on a sailing trip in the South Pacific intended to help them bond in their newly-blended family when a massive storm strands them on a deserted island.


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Case File 13: Zombie Kid
J. Scott Savage

HORROR J SAVAGE

In this file, number 13, you will find all you need to follow the dark adventures of Nick, Carter, and Angelo, who possess an unhealthy obsession with monsters.


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The Sleepwalkers
Viviane Schwarz

GRAPHIC J SLEEP-WALKERS

The retiring Sleepwalkers, guardians against nightmares, train three intrepid recruits to take their places, an effort that pits the young heroes against daunting dream hazards.


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The Center of Everything
Linda Urban

J URBAN

For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug. That’s how everything is supposed to be—until it goes spinning out of control. Now Ruby’s best friend, Lucy, is mad at her. Her new friendship with Nero is pretty bumpy too. Worst of all, Ruby regrets what happened with Gigi. How Ruby didn’t listen. And now it’s too late to make things right. But Ruby has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear her read her winning essay. And it all depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby’s wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?


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The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth
Steve Jenkins

ANIMALS JNF JEN

Contains facts about some of the world’s most remarkable animals.


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Get Into Art Animals: Enjoy Great Art--Then Create Your Own!
Susie Brooks

ART JNF BRO

Introduces readers to works of art featuring animals by such esteemed artists as M.C. Escher, Andy Warhol, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse, and provides instruction for animal-centered art projects.


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