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May 16, 2011
Updated on Apr 2, 2014

Kids entering the fourth grade are on a roll with reading, and it's important to keep that momentum going over the summer months. Looking for a solid gold reading list to kick off the summer? Look no further. We've combed the shelves for new titles that have what it takes to engage fourth grade readers all summer long.

2012 Summer Reading List

Popular Clone, by M.E. Castle. Fisher Bas is an uber-geek: blame it on his genes. His mother is a Nobel-prize winning scientist and his dad is no science slacker either. Rather than take the harrowing world of middle school socializing on the chin, Fisher decides to clone himself, so he can stay home playing video games while his clone goes to school. Cool gadgets, a funny plot, and a compelling evil nemesis make this book a great choice for reluctant readers, both girls and boys, who will see themselves in Fisher’s struggle to fit in.  (Egmont, $11.93)

Way Down Deep, by Ruth White. In this tender story of an orphan girl and the town that raised her, Ruth White delivers a book with soul. Little Ruby June was found on the courthouse steps in the whimsical town of Way Down Deep, West Virginia, and, under the tender loving care of a colorful cast of townspeople, grows into a kind and quick-witted girl. But, as Ruby June reaches adolescence, the mystery of how she arrived slowly begins to unravel. In learning the truth, she risks losing her own special place in Way Down. A fantastic read that takes you to the heart of a magical place. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $6.40)

May B., by Caroline Starr Rose. A daughter of the Kansas prairie, Mavis Betterly grew up in rough frontier conditions. Stranded alone in a run-down sod house, she must face a harsh winter by herself. Join May as she braves the unsettled plains of nineteenth century America, and battles her own inner struggles with loneliness and dyslexia. Written in the form of a free-verse poem, this unique novel is a great choice for reluctant readers. (Schwartz & Wade, $10.87)

Basic Drawing Made Amazingly Easy, by Christopher Hart. True to its title, this book really does make drawing look easy by breaking objects down to their basic shapes, then layering in concepts of depth and shading. The writing that accompanies each object is minimal and digestible. It’s easy to learn even if you only follow and copy step by step images. So, if you want summer material that will leave an impression, this is a great pick. (Watson-Guptill, $14.95)

 

2011 Summer Reading List

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. For kids curious about how candy is made, this book wraps up the answers in a story as colorful, wacky and engrossing as eating a piece of saltwater taffy. At the surface it's about four kids competing for the glory of making a brand new candy, but below that you can find more in the mix. It's a smart, fun read for parents with their kids, and sheds light on the fact that baking and candy making are real-world applications of science! (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $9.13)

Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie. Boy genius Mal crash-lands his homemade time machine into the Jurassic world after his (talking) dog Chad suggests he pay a visit to get a leg up on a school assignment. A comedy of errors ensues with a great cast of characters, from hostile dinos to Mal's smug science fair nemesis. Mal and Chad is a quick-witted and utterly charming read that will please fans of comic books and adventure stories. (Philomel, $9.99)

The Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Everest by David Borgenicht and Bill Doyle. Scaling Mount Everest is an adventure that’s defeated scores of seasoned climbers: are you ready to take on the ultimate challenge? In this thrilling read, you are part of the youngest team ever to attempt to climb Everest, but you’ll have to make all the right decisions to achieve your goal. A choose-your-own-adventure format lends itself well to this harrowing journey of high-altitude adventure! (Chronicle Books, $12.99)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Times are tough for Minli’s family. Enraptured by the stories her father weaves each night about a dissatisfied dragon and the Old Man in the Moon, Minli sets off to change their fate. Her adventures are full of greedy monkeys, grouchy spirits, and evils to be cheekily outwitted. Stunning illustrations, colorful characters, and a beautiful underlying message make this one of the most enchanting books we’ve picked up all year. (Little Brown, $7.99)

Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale. When Johnny’s mom is suspected of a crime she did not commit, it's up to him to save her! A gripping adventure, set in 1929 England during a massive tuberculosis epidemic, this regular kid without a scrap of magical powers will keep kids turning pages as they wait for the mad climax. (David Fickling Books, $16.99)

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