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2013 Grade 4 Summer Reading for students entering grade 4 HKIS Upper Primary

Aguirre, Jorge. Giants Beware! First Second, 2012. In this graphic novel, tough redheaded Claudette sets out to kill the rumored local giant and learn a few valuable lessons along the way.

Angelberger, Tom. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee. Amulet, 2012. McQuarrie Middle School's students miss Origami Yoda when Dwight leaves for Tippett Academy, but he sends Sara a paper Fortune Wookiee that seems to give advice just as good as Yoda's. Series

Atwood, Lisa. The Cookbook for Kids. Weldonowen, 2010. Need a fun inside project to beat the heat? Get your kids in the kitchen and together you can make frozen fruit pops, guacamole and other treats!

Bauer, Marion Dane. Little Dog Lost. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy— a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.

Becker, Helaine. The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Ocean. Kids Can Press, 2012. Going to the ocean this summer? Use this great book to explore the characteristics of the ocean, learn how to protect this important ecosystem and perform a few ocean experiments using everyday materials.

Birney, Betty. School Days According to Humphrey. Putnam’s, 2011. Humphrey the hamster is excited to return to room 26 on the first day of school, and though he is at first shocked to see an all new group of students, he soon comes to know and love them. Series


Bowe, Julie. My Extra Best Friend. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012. Summer camp is more fun with friends. It's Ida May's first time at sleepaway camp, and her two BFFs are also coming along. But when they arrive at camp, their bunkmate is the last person Ida expected to ever see again. Series

Burdett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. Penguin Threads, 2011. Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. This classic book would be daunting for a student to read on their own but would make a fabulous read aloud!

Carney, Elizabeth. Dog Finds Lost Dolphins! National Geographic, 2012. In this inspiring story you'll meet Cloud, the black lab with a nose for rescue. She's the only dog certified to sniff out stranded dolphins. This and two more amazing stories stories of amazing animal heroes will be hard to put down!

Cate, Annette. Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard. Candlewick, 2013. You don’t have to have a pair of binoculars or know all the fancy Latin names to watch birds. You just need to look up! There are birds to watch just about anywhere you’ll be this summer holiday!

Cheng, Andrea. The Year of the Book. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. Anna love books. She’d much rather spend her time reading Wrinkle in Time than worrying about making new friends. In this heartwarming story, Anna learns she can do both!

Cleary, Beverly. Mouse and the Motorcycle. HarperCollins, 2006. Ralph is not like other mice. He is always looking for a new adventure. When a young guest arrives with a shiny miniature motorcycle, Ralph knows that it is his lucky day. Series

Chin, Jason. Island: A Story of the Galapagos. Roaring Book Press, 2012. This extraordinary book by award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island—born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands.

Damm, Antje. Ask Me. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2005. Katherine Tegen, 2012.Who would you like to change places with for a day? What do you do when you are very cold? This intriguing collection of questions is a great travel companion!


Fan, Nancy Yi. Sword Mountain. Harper, 2012. When adopted by the eagle prince, a valley-born eaglet must learn to become a princess and also, a heroine. The last book in the Sword Bird trilogy! Series ✿

Greenhult, Josh. The U.S. Capital Commotion. Harper, 2012. In Stanley’s newest adventure, he has been chosen to receive a medal of honor, But once in Washington, DC, Stanley is swarmed in a crowd and separated from his family. Now he’s on the run in a city filled with monuments— and with shadowy figures on his trail. Series ✿

Harper, Charise. Just Grace, Star on Stage. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012. Grace is a curious and well-meaning thirdgrader who occasionally gets into a little bit of trouble. This time, her class is putting on a play, and Grace is determined to be the star! But things don't work out quite like she planned. Series ✿

Hest, Amy. Remembering Mrs. Rossi. Candlewick, 2007. Annie lives in Manhattan with her father. Life would be pretty good if only Annie didn't so achingly miss her mother. When Mrs. Rossi died suddenly, a class-full of students pour out their hearts in a scrapbook Annie will treasure forever.

Holub, Joan. Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom. Aladdin, 2012. Tenyear-old Zeus is mystified by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Zeus gets his wish—and a lot more than he bargained for— when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! Series

Klimo, Kate. The Dragon in the Sock Drawer. Random House, 2008. Cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. Their dream comes true when Daisy finds an egg that hatches and a helpless, tiny (but very loud) baby dragon pops out! Series ✿


Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird on the Map. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. When her second-grade classmates are envious of the three students who are going away on winter vacation, the creative and ingenious Gooney Bird Greene thinks of a geography activity to cheer them all up. Series ✿

Gardner, Sally. Operation Bunny. Orion, 2012. When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed. With help from a talking cat named Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it’s up to Emily to solve this mystery!

Lubar, David. Beware the Ninja Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales. Starscape, 2012. Welcome to the Weenie Zone! In this 6th collection of warped and creepy tales, stranded aliens seek out Earth’s most intelligent species, two girls find out why you should never annoy a witch and a swarm of ninja weenies invades a neighborhood. Series Graff, Lisa. Double Dog Dare. Philomel, 2012. When Kansas Bloom moves to California and joins the Media Club at school, he soon finds himself trying to outdo one of the other fourthgrade students in a "dare war" while vying for the job of on-air video homeroom announcer.

Harris, R.P. Tua and the Elephant. Chronicle Books, 2012. Ten-yearold Tua has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for the one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance. Can Tua help her new friend escape her captors?

Hopkinson, Deborah. Annie and Helen. Schwartz & Wade, 2012. This beautifully illustrated biography focuses on the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.

Lee, Elvis and the Underdogs. Balzer + Bray, 2013. this is the story of a sickly boy whose life is turned upside down when he gets a therapy dog… who can talk!

Lewis, Patrick. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. National Geographic, 2012. Over 200 animal poems and photographs by poets including Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky and Emily Dickinson.


MacLachlan, Patricia. Kindred Souls. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. Jake thinks his grandfather, Billy, is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But there's one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up.

Martin, Ann M. Because of Shoe. Henry Holt, 2012. Hilarious and heartwarming stories by renowned authors including Ann Martin, Jon Muth, Pam Munoz Ryan and more!

Montgomerie, Claire. Knitting for Children. Cico books, 2011. Need something to chase away summer boredom? This book includes 35 simple knits that kids will love to make!

Peck, Richard. Secrets at Sea. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011. A family of mice are just a whisker away from the adventure of their lives. This is a tale of a brave family on a desperate and stormy journey, fighting against enormous forces.

MacLachlan, Patricia. Word After Word After Word. Katherine Tegan, 2010. Every school day feels the same for 4th graders Lucy, Henry, Evie, Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class, bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

Mills, Claudia. FourthGrade Disasters. Alfred Knopf, 2011. Mason Dixon is dreading starting the fourth grade, especially because all the fourth graders are required to sing in the school choir and Mason cannot carry a tune, so Mason devises a foolproof plan to keep himself out of the spotlight. Moranville. Sharelle Byars. The Hop. Hyperion, 2012. Tad, a small toad, has been called upon by his fellow toads to save their home from a monstrous earth-eating machine. Meanwhile, a girl named Taylor is determined to stop her favorite place, her grandmothers pond, from being paved over and turned into a strip mall.

Pollack, Pam. Who was Steve Jobs? Grosset and Dunlap, 2012. A biography of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, discussing his childhood, family, business sense, and more. This easy-to-read series is a student favorite! Series


Rocklin, Joanne. The Five Lives of our Cat Zook. Abrams, 2012. Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet's office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook's previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life.

Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. This funny fractured fairytale about 12-year old Rump who is the butt of everyone’s jokes. Learn how this boy becomes the infamous villain who can spin straw into gold.

Sheth, Kashmira. The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule. Albert Whitman & Co., 2012. Ishan Mehra wants a dog, but his mother has a rule about dogs. Ishan figures if he's helpful enough and does enough things around the house, he can change her mind. Somehow, though, the right things seem to come out all wrong.

Simon, Coco. Katie and the Cupcake War. Katie thinks Callie might want to be friends again after the leader of the Popular Girls Club moves away, but realizes that is not the case when Callie announces they will be baking cupcakes for the school fundraiser. Series

Singer, Marilyn. A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play. Clarion Books, 2012. Include some poetry in your day with this fun collection of poems that celebrate the outdoors and the adventures of playing outside.

Vail, Rachel. Justin Case: Shells, Smells and the Horrible FlipFlops of Doom. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. Justin is going to start fourth grade, but first he has to survive summer camp. Series

Watson, Tom. Stick Dog. Harper, 2013. If you loved Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll love Stick Dog. Stick Dog and his friends are strays that live in a neighborhood park and will do anything to satisfy their hunger for hamburgers.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012. Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time May tries to join in, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. This quiet, intense picture book is about the impact even our small actions can have on others.


2013 Grade 4 Summer Reading