By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2012

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

This book will have fourth graders diving head-first into the world of the fantasy, relishing every twist and turn in the story. Unlike most fairy tales, the princess in this story is known for her brains, not her beauty. But, when her curiosity gets the better of her, she releases a story that puts her kingdom into peril, and it’s her spirit that is put to the test. Featuring a haunted castle, the last living dragon and an unlikely friendship, this fantasy pulls out all the stops. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $11.96)