New Books for 4th Graders

Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin by 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?

The orginal story is here.  There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold.  Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.

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Battle Bunny by 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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Other subversive stories include:

Chester by Melanie Watt

Killer Koalas From Outer Space by Andy Griffiths and

Tales for the Perfect Child by Florence Parry Heide

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

England has always had ghosts, but ever since The Problem began hauntings have become more frequent and much more dangerous, with ghosts being able to kill people with a touch. Most people are born with the ability to sense ghosts, but they lose this skill when they reach adulthood so now children are employed to watch for and hunt ghosts under the supervision of an adult leader.Thirteen-year-old Lucy, who can hear ghosts, joins the rogue pair of ghost hunters known as Lockwood & Co. which has no adult in charge. Needless to say, nobody is terribly surprised when she and Lockwood accidentally burn down a house on one of her first missions. This new supernatural adventure series by the author of the the Bartemaeus books will leave the reader hoping book two comes out soon.

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