Grade 4 Reading Recommendations

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is--but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home--until, one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her. (Little, Brown and Company)

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Camp by Kayla Miller

Olive and Willow are happy campers!
Or are they?

Olive is sure she’ll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow – but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows – Olive. It’s s’more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow's living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long…the girls aren’t just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. And Merci is left to her own worries, because no one in her family will tell her what’s going on. Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. (Little, Brown and Company)

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Twins by Varian Johnson

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister!Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good? (Graphix)

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Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur!

Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd draws on her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong. (Graphix)

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Chi: une vie de chat de Konami Kanata

Ce manga raconte l'histoire d'un petit chat recueilli par une famille et son évolution au sein de cette famille. Chaque épisode met en scène un moment marquant de cette vie de chat : sa première rencontre avec une auto, avec un chien, comment il va apprendre à faire ses besoins dans la litière, le bon goût des croquettes, la chaleur du soleil à travers les vitres, le confort ouaté des pantoufl es de papa, etc. Très populaire et connu des fans de manga, y compris en France, Chi - Une vie de chat s'adresse à un très large public. Le propos est universel, la réalisation adorable et le ton à même de plaire aux parents prescripteurs et à leurs enfants lecteurs. (Glénat)

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Super Chien de Dav Pilkey

Deux amis, George et Harold, se rencontrent à la maternelle. Ensemble, ils vont inventer un super flic en bande dessinée. Au départ, ils présentent un policier et son chien. Lors d'une mésaventure impliquant un chat criminel du nom de Pistache, les deux collègues se retrouveront à l'article de la mort. La seule solution pour les sauver est de greffer la tête du chien sur le corps du policier. La créature devient ainsi le meilleur policier au monde. S'en suit une série d'aventures humoristiques impliquant un chef de police colérique et un chat machiavélique. Super Chien doit capturer Pistache, mais ce dernier veut tout faire pour se débarrasser de l'extraordinaire chien policier. (Scholastic)

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