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Holy Family Catholic School - 4th Grade Book List

 

For 4th GRADE, choose (1) book from the fiction list below and (1) book from the non fiction list below.  Use the SEARCH bar to find more titles in a given series like CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS or NEWBERY MEDAL.  For additional NEWBERY MEDAL books, please ensure that the book is at the 4th grade reading level (individual book descriptions contain this information). 

 

Wild River By P.J. Petersen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375846243
Published: Yearling - July 9th, 2013

FICTION Choice 1

When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother, Tanner, on a camping trip, he never dreams that it will turn into the most frightening day of his life.  Ryan admits he's no good at sports or outdoor stuff. He'd much rather be playing video games. But Tanner assures him it will be an easy trip. They'll kayak down the Boulder River, fish, and toast marshmallows at night.  When they set out, the river is higher than usual, and the kayaking is scary. Tanner keeps saying there's no reason to worry. But when he's badly hurt in a kayaking accident, Ryan is afraid he's not up to the challenge of saving his brother's life. The only danger Ryan has confronted has been in his video games. What good are those games now, when he's facing a real-life battle?

 


The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series #1) By Jacqueline Davies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547237657
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Published: Clarion Books - May 4th, 2009

FICTION Choice 2

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.  Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He's good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings' lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win--or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone's intent.

 


The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207465
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

FICTION Choice 3 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

"An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

 


The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

FICTION Choice 4 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.  Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.  Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home--and his own art--through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.


Sarah, Plain and Tall By Patricia MacLachlan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062399526
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2015

FICTION Choice 5 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

"Did Mama sing every day?"  Caleb asks his sister Anna.  "Every-single-day," she answers.  "Papa sang, too."  Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings.  Sarah decides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay?


The Whipping Boy By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060521226
Published: Greenwillow Books - April 15th, 2003

FICTION Choice 6 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

A shout comes echoing up the stairway. "Fetch the whipping boy!"  A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. "Ain't I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What's the prince done now?"  It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.  Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat's own dream - at once brash and perilous.  In this briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, the whipping boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other.


Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481456906
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 13th, 2016

FICTION Choice 7 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

Using historical slave documents from the 1820s to the 1860s, Bryan brings to life 11 slaves who once belonged to Cado Fairchilds. When Fairchilds dies, his British-born wife decides to sell off the slaves and move back to England. Each of the 11 is given two double-page spreads to speak in. Accompanied by a free-verse first-person narrative, an illustration of each slave's portrait appears in a varied palette of warm browns against a backdrop of documents related to historical slave sales. On the page adjacent to this illustration, the slave tells of the special skill he or she possesses that enriches the Fairchilds plantation. But on the following two pages, that same person explains what he or she dreams of doing with that talent. In contrast to the dull initial portrait, the second set of pages for each slave appears in full color and shows the speaker fully immersed in a caring community. The speakers' talents include carpentry, music, sewing, cooking, and more. After including the price under each slave's picture, Bryan offers a final tally for the completed sale, humans, livestock, and goods: $3,476.05. Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives. 


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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780679734772
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

FICTION Choice 8 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong--not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.


Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women By Cornelia Meigs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316565943
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 1995

FICTION Choice 9 - Newbery Medal Winner - Grade Level 4

Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.


Daniel Boone: Young Hunter and Tracker (Childhood of Famous Americans) By Augusta Stevenson, Robert Doremus (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Augusta Stevenson, Robert Doremus (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780020418306
Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 1986

NON FICTION Choice 1 -CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS books - 

A biography concentrating on the boyhood of the cartoonist and film maker who created Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

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Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial Patriots (Childhood of Famous Americans) By Gray Morrow (Illustrator), Dharathula H. Millender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780020418108
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Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 1986

NON FICTION Choice 2 - CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICAN books -

Crispus Attucks was born into slavery around 1723, the son of an African American enslaved person and a Natick Indian. After years of forced labor in the Boston area, Crispus escaped and began working on trading ships and whaling vessels until his death in the Boston Massacre.

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Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross (Childhood of Famous Americans) By Augusta Stevenson, Frank Giacoia (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Augusta Stevenson, Frank Giacoia (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780020418207
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Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 1986

NON FICTION Choice 3 - CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS -

A biography focusing on the youth of the nurse who organized the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., in 1881.

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Ben Franklin: Young Printer (Childhood of Famous Americans) By Augusta Stevenson, Ray Quigley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Augusta Stevenson, Ray Quigley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780020419204
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Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 1986

NON FICTION Choice 4 - CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS books - 

A biography of the young Philadelphia printer who grew up to become a world-renowned author, diplomat, scientist, and inventor, and one of the founding fathers of the United States.

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Sacagawea: American Pathfinder (Childhood of Famous Americans) By Flora Warren Seymour, Robert Doremus (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689714825
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Published: Aladdin - April 30th, 1991

NON FICTION Choice 5 - CHILDHOOD OF FAMOUS AMERICANS books -

Describes how Sacagawea found adventure guiding Lewis and Clark to the Oregon coast.

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