New Books for 4th Graders

Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

Nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia are happy to be at the their annual family vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan.  They're happy that Aunt Rosie's wedding will be in just a few days. What they're not happy about is the pink,poufy, babyish flower girl dresses they are expected to wear at her wedding.  They decide to show Aunt Rosie how much better it would be if they were the wedding caterers instead.  But there's a new grown- up cook in the kitchen and some of their recipes don't turn out exactly as planned.  Add in some impossible older sisters and some real-life problems and mix well for a sweet read  The book includes some of delicious recipes that would be fun to make!

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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Wanderville by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

In 1904, 11-year-old Frances and her younger brother Harold are sent on an orphan train heading to Kansas from New York.  On the train they meet Jack, whose family could not afford to keep him.  When they hear rumors about horrible conditions that await them in Kansas, the three children jump the train.  They meet up with Alexander, a boy who has escaped from a work farm and set up his own "kids-only" town called Wanderville.  There they find happiness until the unthinkable happens. 

This is the first in a series of historical fiction.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the iRead kick-off on January 10.

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Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Reading Level: Grades 2 - 5

When Sylvia's family moved to a new town in California, her aunt took her and her brothers along with her cousins to register for school. The school secretary gave enrollment forms to her two light skinned, light haired cousins, but informed Sylvia and her brothers that they would have to attend the Mexican school. After getting the runaround from every branch of the local government in a town where it was not unusual to see signs that read, "No dogs or Mexicans allowed" Sylvia's father decided the only thing to do was sue the Westminster School District to prove that segregation was unfair; a point that had to be proven seven years later by the more famous Brown vs. The Board of Education case.

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