4th Grade Novels

Fiction

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Kenny and his "weird" family take a trip to the Deep South to visit Grandma.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
In the variation on a classic, a Connecticut cricket finds himself transplanted in New York City’s Times Square, where he finds fame, fortune, and friends.

Phineas L. MacGuireErupts! by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Goals: #1 win science fair, #2 get class to like un-best friend.

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich
A family sets out to rescue an Ojibwe boy who was kidnapped by two bullying oafs.

Zita the Spacegirl (graphic novel) by Ben Hatke
Don’t push that button! Zita and her ragtag crew of aliens attempt to rescue her best friend.

Same Sun Here by Silas House & Neela Vaswani
An Indian immigrant girl in NYC and a Kentucky coal miner’s son strike up a friendship across many miles.

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Stuck in a distant mountain fortress, Solveig must discover the traitor who is killing off the king’s guards.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Told in verse, a Vietnamese family shapes a new life in 1975 Alabama.

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
A total solar eclipse changes the lives of three very different young teens.

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury 
Good old Ben comes back to life in this electrifying story.

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau 
When Zitlally’s father is kidnapped in Mexico, she believes a stray dog might be his spirit animal.

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke
Historical fiction and sports combine in this pitch-perfect novel.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Mo LoBeau sets out to solve a murder mystery and discover her own forgotten past.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
Star Trek geek discovers a bully’s brutal secret.

Nonfiction

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Stephen Alcorn (Illus.)
From Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm, meet 10 courageous women warriors who changed a nation.

Electricity and Magnets by Sarah Angliss
You, too, can be a mad scientist!

100 Most Feared Creatures by Anna Claybourne 
Deadly facts and terrifying beasts, meet the scariest members of the animal kingdom.

Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed From a Single Word by Bob Raczka; Nancy Doniger (Illus.)
A clever literary technique yields even cleverer little poems.

Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!) by Kathleen Krull; Kathryn Hewitt (Illus.)
Meet the 19 most notorious swashbucklers in history.

Series

The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
The Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon