2013 summer reading list- Grade 4

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Each Little Bird That Sings
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not surprising, considering that her family runs the town funeral home. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead--just like that--six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and trying to figure out why her best friend, Declaration, suddenly won't talk to her. Life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them.

Deborah Wiles has created a unique, funny, and utterly real cast of characters in this heartfelt, and quintessentially Southern coming-of-age novel. Comfort will charm young readers with her wit, her warmth, and her struggles as she learns about life, loss, and ultimately, triumph.
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Shredderman: Meet the Gecko
Even superheroes have problems. That's what Nolan discovers when he meets Chase Morton, the boy who plays his favorite TV superhero on The Gecko and Sticky. Chase is being hounded by a sleazy tabloid reporter who is evil! Sneaky! A liar! So Nolan vows to expose the truth on Shredderman.com. After all, superheroes have to stick together in the fight for truth and justice. Oh, yeah!
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Enemy Spy
Shredderman.com just made the national news! Everyone is talking about the new cyber-superhero. Oh yeah!

But now people are dying to know who is behind Shredderman.com. Reporters are snooping all over Cedar Valley! Oh no!

Nolan's parents and even his sidekick, Mr. Green, think he should lay low for a while. But being Shredderman is the best thing that's ever happened to Nolan. It's so much better than being Byrd-the-Nerd. Plus, Nolan's just stumbled across what might be a real spy-ring! How can Shredderman not try to fight it?

But some problems are too big for even a superhero to handle. Sometimes the mask gets in the way. Will Nolan's quest for truth and justice mean he has to give up his secret identity? Can he become a superhero in real life?
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Attack of the Tagger
Nolan Byrd single-handedly saved his school from the bullydom of Alvin “Bubba” Bixby. He posted proof of Bubba's exploits on the Web at Shredderman.com. Now Shredderman is the school hero! But since Shredderman's identity is a secret, everyone still treats Nolan like . . . a nerd.

But inside this nerd beats a superhero's heart—one dedicated to truth and justice. So when a vandal spray-paints graffiti around town—and even on his teacher's van!—Nolan decides that tracking down the tagger is a job for Shredderman.

But while he's trying to trap the tagger, the tagger is trying to pin the blame on Shredderman! Can Nolan turn the tables back around before his secret identity is revealed?
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Secret Identity
Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba.

Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can't keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd.

Bubba has been the bane of Nolan's existence for five long years. So when Mr. Green asks the class to become reporters, Nolan decides he'll write an exposé—on Bubba. He doesn't want to sign his name to it (that'd be suicidal), so Nolan creates a secret identity for himself—on the Internet. He launches Shredderman.com as a place where truth and justice prevail—and bullies get what's coming to them.

This hilariously triumphant story is for any kid who's ever dreamed of unleashing their own inner superhero!
release date: Jul 05, 2007
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The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales
Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world.

Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends, and all manner of conundrums, Molly manages to outwit them all with a potent combination of nerve, trickery, and plain luck. Also appearing in the stories are Molly's sisters Polly and Betts, the famous Appalachian hero Jack (Molly saves him a few times), and three cornbread-baking mice.

These delightful and often surprising stories are sure to appeal to readers and listeners of all ages who enjoy an adventurous tale well told.
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Clementine

Clementine is having not so good of a week.
  • On Monday she's sent to the principal's office for cutting off Margaret's hair.
  • Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her.
  • Wednesday, she's sent to the principal again.
  • Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
  • Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
  • And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.
Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.
release date: May 29, 2001
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Magic Tree House #1-4
Get ready for a world of adventure with the first four titles in the beloved Magic Tree House series!

Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books...and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it's watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, or finding pirate treasure, readers won't want to miss a single story!
release date: May 17, 2006
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The Last Brother
In July 1863 the bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought outside the sleepy Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. In The Last Brother the story of one small boy is told amidst the dramatic events of those early days of July. Though he is only 11 years old, Gabe is a bugler in the Union Army. He takes his responsibility very seriously; after all, there are over 60 different battle calls for buglers to learn. But what is even more important to Gabe is watching over his older brother Davy who, as a foot soldier, is right in the thick of the fighting. Two of Gabe's older brothers have already perished, and he is not willing to lose the only one he has left. During those long days, Gabe meets another young bugler -- one who fights for the other side. Suddenly, what was so definite and clear has become complicated by friendship and compassion. Does one have to choose between service to country, to kin or to a friend? As the cannons fire and the battle rages on, Gabe must do his duty while searching for a way to honor all that he holds dear.Trinka Hakes Noble is the noted author of numerous award-winning picture books, including The Scarlet Stockings Spy, the ever-popular Jimmy's Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (both featured on "Reading Rainbow"). Her many awards include ALA Notable Children's Book, Booklist Children's Editors' Choice, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Learning: The Year's Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections. Trinka makes her home in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Robert Papp's award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers across the United States, and his first children's book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy was named an IRATeacher's Choice in 2005. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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Blues Journey
The opening verse of this latest father/son collaboration probes the very essence of a form--and a feeling; it asks the question that anyone who has sought solace in music can relate to. The pair's first composition wandered through a Harlem collage, depicting "a call, a song, the mood indigo, a language of darkness." This new duet is the blues: verbally and visually, it explores the idiom while exemplifying it. A call and response accompanies each painting. As the journey progresses, the lyrics and art look at loss through the lenses of slavery, poverty, lynching, love spurned, fear of dying and of living. An author's note provides a lucid description of the history, elements, and importance of the blues.
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What Goes Up Must Come Down
The eighteenth book in this popular series!

Abby is ecstatic about her family's plans for a vacation in Paris. But when they get there, it's more of the same old thing: her siblings fighting non-stop, with nobody able to agree on so much as where to eat dinner. Abby feels a connection to the city, though -- after all, it's the home of many famous writers. So she decides to take matters into her own hands...and go off on an adventure of her own.


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Home Is Where the Heart Is
The unthinkable is about to happen--Abby's family is moving!

Abby has lived in the same house for as long as she can remember. But now her parents have decided that they need to move...and their house is on the market before the kids have even digested the news! Abby feels safe and secure in her old neighborhood, where all her friends are nearby. She doesn't care that she'll soon have her own bathroom and a pool in her backyard. She doesn't even care that she'll get to stay in the same school. Abby doesn't want to move! Whatever happened to the Hayeses making decisions together? And why do they have to move so close to Brianna?
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It's Music to My Ears
Abby notices a mystery musician in middle school...and develops her first crush!

Now that she's in sixth grade, Abby's discovering new friends and new talents. She's also discovering a major new interest: a boy! Simon is a sax player in an exclusive school band. He's also one of the coolest kids in school...and Abby's friend Natalie just happens to know him. Will Abby find the courage to approach her crush?
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Reach For The Stars
How is Abby Hayes supposed to stand out, considering that one sister's a genius, the other one's a superathlete, and her younger brother's a child prodigy? Abby takes comfort in her journal-and that is exactly where her own special talents shine.
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Too Close For Comfort
Abby Hayes is an ordinary fifth grader trying to invent a role for herself in a seemingly perfect world. This series combines the edge of BRIDGET JONES with a send-up of self-help books.

Abby's family is going camping, and Abby is allowed to bring a friend. But who? Abby's best friend Jessica has moved away -- so Abby decides to invite Hannah, a new girl in town. Then she instantly regrets her decision. Could any new friendship withstand a weekend away with the Hayeses?
release date: Dec 01, 2009
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Sealed With a Kiss
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Abby, a "spunky and appealing heroine" (Publishers Weekly)!

Abby knows a secret about her sister: Eva the star athlete has a boyfriend! That's the last thing Abby would ever want for herself. But when it turns out she has a secret admirer at school, Abby has to ask herself some questions. Who's been sending her all these cards and pictures? And is she really ready for love?
Filled with inspiring quotes from Abby's crazy calendar pages and adorable doodles from popular teen magazine illustrator, Lynn Gesue, this book is a great way to celebrate the holiday of love!

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Two Heads Are Better Than One
Abby Hayes is a fifth grader trying to invent a role for herself in a seemingly perfect world. This series combines the edge of BRIDGET JONES with a send-up of self-help books.

When Abby is home sick with the flu, Ms. Kantor announces that the fifth grade will be participating in a science fair. It's bad enough that Abby comes back to school with an unfortunate haircut, but it's even worse that her science fair partner is... a boy!
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The More, The Merrier (The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, No. 8)
Abby Hayes is an ordinary fifth grader trying to invent a role for herself in a seemingly perfect world. This series combines the edge of BRIDGET JONES with a send-up of self-help books.

When Ms. Bunder asks the fifth grade to write about their bedrooms, Abby realizes something awful: her room is boring. She decides to paint her desk purple, her favorite color, but before she knows it Abby's whole room is purple! Luckily, her end-of-the-school-year party will be just the place to show it off to her classmates.
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Everything New Under The Sun
Abby Hayes is an ordinary fifth grader trying to invent a role for herself in a seemingly perfect world. This series combines the edge of BRIDGET JONES with a send-up of self-help books.

Abby's best friend, Jessica, is away for the rest of the school year and Abby's other good friends seem to be spending more time with each other than they are with her. So when Grandma Emma invites Abby to come for a visit over spring vacation, Abby is thrilled--there has never been a better time to get away from home.

But Abby's cousin Cleo is also spending the week with Grandma Emma. At first, Abby and Cleo don't get along at all. But working as a team on a bookmaking project shows them how much they have in common and brings them closer together.
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Good Things Come In Small Packages
The latest book in this increasingly popular series focuses on the growing friendship between Abby and the new girl in school, Hannah.

When Abby and her new friend, Hannah, take charge of a class project to assemble gift packages for underprivileged children, one thing after the next goes wrong. First their teacher, Mrs. Kantor, must leave school for a few weeks. The class is stuck with a mean substitute who won't let them work on their gift boxes. Then, after their kind principal intervenes and work on the class project resumes, Hannah's baby sister unintentionally destroys many of the gift boxes. Working as a team, Abby and Hannah think of a clever way to save the day, their budding friendship, and the class project.
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That is the Way the Cookie Crumbles
Abby's always been one of the good kids...till now.

When Abby throws together a batch of cookies for a meeting at school, she has no clue that she's just made Hayes history. For the first time in her life, it seems, Abby's done something perfect--perfect!--on the first try! Everyone loves her cookies. Everyone wants more of them! And that gives Abby a great idea... If she can sell enough of them, maybe she'll earn enough money to go to writing camp this summer. There's only one problem. Kids aren't supposed to sell stuff on school grounds. But Abby's never been in trouble before.... Maybe she can get away with it. Just this once.
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The Declaration of Independence
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Twelve-year-old Abby Hayes struggles with identity and moral issues in these books. Narrated partially through Abby's journal entries, she tries to find her place at school and prove she is as good at something as her talented ""Super Sibs.
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Have Wheels, Will Travel
Abby's sick of being the only Hayes with hand-me-downs. She wants some Rollerblades of her own! But first she'll have to earn some money, which isn't as easy as it sounds. Abby cat-sits and sells lemonade. She even searches sidewalks for spare change. She should have enough to buy the blades--but Abby can't stop spending her profits! Will she ever get the Rollerblades of her dreams?
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Look Before You Leap
It's summer, and Abby Hayes has nothing to do. So it's the perfect time to get a pet! Abby is sure she can handle the responsibility. But things don't go as planned, and by the time she adopts a kitten, Abby's summer has taken a turn for the better. She has a new friend at camp and a contest to win. Can she keep up with her kitten, too?
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release date: Jan 01, 1999
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Shelter Dogs
A collection of true stories about the amazing lives of eight shelter dogs. Many of these dogs were unwanted because of their size, behavior, or medical condition. All of the dogs found owners who loved and cared for them.
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Fourth-Grade Fuss

Yard sales, ice-skating, and surprise parties are just a few of the things that make fourth grade fun. But Julio and his friends know it's time to get serious when the class begins preparing for the big statewide test at the end of the year. Just thinking about it is enough to give anybody a stomachache!

Julio and his best friend, Lucas, are going to try every superstition in the book to make sure they pass. They'll wear their underwear inside out, use brand-new pencils, and even—gulp—study. But when test day comes, Julio finds out there are some surprises no one can prepare for!

Whether one has read about Julio and Lucas and their other classmates before in class clown and class president or this is the first meeting, here is a story that will strike a familiar chord. With the warmth and realism she is known for, beloved author Johanna Hurwitz brings us the hardships and humor of Julio Sanchez's fourth-grade year.
release date: Oct 01, 2008
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Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH!

Our consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year.
The poetry is enough.
The illustrations are enough.
The CD is enough.
Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough.
We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.
—Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog "Practically Paradise"

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Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat.

Poetry can have both a rhyme and a rhythm. Sometimes it is obvious; sometimes it is hidden. But either way, make no mistake, poetry is as vibrant and exciting as it gets. And when you find yourself clapping your hands or tapping your feet, you know you've found poetry with a beat!

Like Poetry Speaks to Children, the New York Times Bestselling classic poetry book and CD that started it all, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.

READ more than 50 remarkable poems and songs!

HEAR poetry's rhymes and rhythms from Queen Latifah to Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes to A Tribe Called Quest and more! * Also hear part of Martin Luther Kind's original "I Have a Dream" speech, followed by the remarkable live performance of the speech by Nikki Giovanni, Oni Lasana and Val Gray Ward. * The Hip Hop Speaks to Children CD contains more than 30 performances, either by the artists who created them, or as unique interpretations by admiring poets and artists.

DISCOVER Langston Hughes's elegant gospel "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," A Tribe Called Quest's playful "Ham 'N' Eggs," Sterling A. Brown's hard-luck "Long Track Blues," Gwendolyn Brooks's wake-up call "We Real Cool," Kanye West's lovely "Hey Mama," and Martin Luther King Jr.'s awe-inspiring "I Have a Dream."

This is a collection of rhymes and rhythms unlike any other poetry book!

Celebrate with remarkable poets, including:
Eloise Greenfield
Mos Def
Lucille Clifton
Oscar Brown Jr.
Tupac Shakur
Maya Angelou
Queen Latifah
Nikki Grimes
Walter Dean Myers
Common
and, of course, Nikki Giovanni

Poems Include:
Ego Tripping
Rapper's Delight
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Hey Mama
Ham 'N' Eggs
Everything Is Everything
Ladies First

MORE PRAISE FOR HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN

"With its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, [Hip Hop] reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition."
Publishers Weekly

"This is the way to get children interested in reading and loving poetry. ... A great book for both teachers and parents."
— Valerie Lewis, owner of Hicklebee's children's bookstore

"The poems, the artwork, the CD...all complement each other to create a wonderful experience."
—Becky Laney, Becky Laney's Books blog

"Love this book. I think it is a K-8 must-have for classrooms and libraries. Like I said it is packed and it may be (at first) intimidating to young readers. But, once they hear some of the audio, spend time with the illustrations, and experience some of the poetry, I think it will become a favorite."
—Franki Sibberson, A Year of Reading blog

"Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a wonderfully composed collection of poems from writers like Eloise Greenfield to late rapper and poet, Tupac Shakur. ... Whether you read poetry or you hear it in a rap song, Giovanni's genius endeavor will inspire children of all ages to have fun while listening to poetry. Rap is poetry, right?"
—Amy Bowllan, Amy Bowllan's Blog (a School Library Journal Blog)

"I highly recommend this one for all collections. If the title didn't include the word "children" it'd be an excellent book all the way to high school. My coworkers and I are already talking about doing a Hip Hop poetry story time for our elementary school kids."
—Jennifer Rothschild, Biblio File blog

"This is an incredibly powerful, beautiful and important book. Both the book and CD are stellar in quality and diversity. The artwork is amazing and I find myself pulling it out of the shelf over and over for just one more re-read. The grandchildren (ages 3 and 5) love it as well and ask to hear the CD while they pore over the pages and take breaks prancing around the room and singing to the beat. They KNOW all the poems in the book and learned them in a relatively short time, which I attribute to the power of the beat, and all the artists; the poets, the illustrators, the singers and spoken word artists. What an astounding thing when a book moves children so that they LEARN - quickly and enjoyably. This book is for all ages and I can't recommend it highly enough."
—Gina Ruiz, Blogcritics Magazine

release date: Oct 11, 2011
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My Weird School 21-Book Box Set

A box set of all 21 of the My Weird School titles.

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