4th Grade

The Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

Author: 
Deborah Hopkinson

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

In 1854 there was a cholera outbreak in London. Hundreds died. There was no cure and no one knew the cause of cholera.   Hopkinson 's hero is a thirteen-year-old orphan, Eel,  who scavenges the filthy Thames River and works odd jobs.  One job brings him in contact with Dr. Snow, a real historical figure who was an early epidemiologist.  The fast-paced novel combines a medical mystery, a race against the clock, evil child snatchers, and an assortment of characters.  You'll love Eel and his friends and want to them to triumph.

 

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All That's Missing

Author: 
Sarah Sullivan

Reading Level Grades 4-6

11-year-old Arlo has lived with his only relative, his grandfather Poppo, since Arlo was two.   But in the last couple of years Poppo's mind has started slipping.  Arlo now takes care of his grandfather  making sure no one knows how bad Poppo is getting. 

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Think Again! False Facts Attacked, Errors Exploded, Myths Busted

Author: 
Clive Gifford

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

Everyone knows that goldfish have a 3 second memory, Vikings wore horned helmets, and sugar makes kids hyperactive. Well, everyone is wrong. You will find out the truth about these myths and many, many more in this amusing collection of "facts" which have been busted by scientific studies.

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Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog

Author: 
Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Stick Dog is at it again!   This time Stick Dog and friends are determined to help themselves to the hot dogs in the frankfurther cart, but they have competition from a  gang of hungry racoons.  The friends devise various ridiculous schemes to steal the hot dogs that test practical Stick dog's patience.  Then there's an added problem when Karen, the dachshund, gets trapped in a human's house.  Once again, readers will love the the many funny "bad" drawings of Tom Watson.

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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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