New Books for 4th Graders

Star-crossed by Barbara Dee

Reading Level: Grades 4 through 8

Eighth-grader Matilda, who goes by Mattie, is not used to being in the spotlight. She is perfectly happy playing the side character of Paris in her middle-school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. However, she finds herself becoming more and more interested in the language of Shakespeare, as well as the cute new girl from England. But when the lead playing Romeo drops out, she is asked to step in to replace him. The only problem is, her crush Gemma Braithwaite is playing Juliet!

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Other books by Barbara Dee

If you enjoy this book, try:

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonski

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

Mr Pants: Slacks, Camera Action! by Scott McCormick

Reading Level: Grades 1-4

The good news: There is a movie contest that will earn the winner $1000 and a trip to Hawaii.

The bad news: The entry must be submitted in less than 24 hours. 

Undeterred, Mr. Pants frantically navigates chores (him mom insists,) annoying little sisters and an obligatory tea party to create his masterpiece.

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If you enjoyed this funny graphic novel try:

Babymouse Queen of the World! by Jennifer Holm

Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale

Reading Level: Grades 3 through 5

Nosewise the dog thinks doors are a nuisance.  Doors always keep him away from interesting things.  Especially the door to the room of magic.  One day, the door opens and Nosewise is allowed to enter a world of enchantment.  When Merlin's apprentice Morgana playfully drapes her magic stone around his neck, Nosewise begins to talk.  Morgana and Nosewise are delighted...Merlin is not.  He decrees that Nosewise will never get  to use the stone again.  Or will he? 

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Some other great stories narrated by dogs include:

I, Jack by Patricia Finney

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe and

Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Mystery by Spencer Quinn

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