4th Grade

Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Author: 
Liesl Shurtliff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

This is Rumpelstilton as never before.  Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name.  In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump?  But is it his full name?

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Battle Bunny

Author: 
Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

It was a sweet story when Gran Gran bought it.  She wrote a loving inscription circled by a heart, "Happy Birthday, Alexander!  To my little birthday bunny on his special day.  Love, Gran Gran."

The saccharine book was more than Alexander could take.  With pencil in hand he changes the gentle story of a little birthday bunny into the wild, raucous adventures of the villainous Battle Bunny!!! 

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Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

Author: 
Tamara Will Wissinger

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

It's obvious just from the cover that this book is going to be fun to read.  And it's all in poems so you can impress your teacher or your parents with your knowledge of different types of poems.  (Each one is labeled with the type of poem and at the back there's an explanation of what each type is.) The story is simple.  Sam has been looking forward to a father-son fishing trip, but then his pesky little sister horns in.  Tamera Will Wissinger's first book will have you hooked.

 

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I Funny: A Middle School Story

Author: 
James Patterson

Grades 3+

Jamie Grimm, soon to be the world's greatest stand-up (actually sit-down-in-wheelchair) comedian, lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin - an extremely boring version of the Durlseys. He has an uncanny ability to make anyone (other than the aforementioned boring Durlsey-esque relatives) laugh. Jamie Grimm just funny

When Uncle Frankie (not the boring one) suggests to Jamie that he compete in The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest, he knows he's got to try. His only problem is stage fright! 

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Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Author: 
Steve Sheinkin

Reading Level: Grades 4 -  9

Why would anyone want to steal the body of President Abraham Lincoln?  The answer involves counterfeiters and the newly fledged Secret Service.  Written like a heist caper, Lincoln's Grave Robbers details a little known part of history that really didn't have much impact, but it's sure fun to read about.

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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

Author: 
Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
Illustrator: 
Eric Velasquez

Reading Level:  Grades 2-4

This is the remarkable true story of  John Price, former slave, and the citizens of Oberlin, Ohio.  In 1856, Price and two others managed a daring escape from slavery, and settled in Oberlin, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves.  Two years later, Price was snatched from the road by slave hunters.  His cry for help was heard by an Oberlin college student.  This is the inspiring story of the response to that cry.

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