Best Books for Fourth-Graders

By fourth grade, 9- and 10-year-olds are not only devouring books, they're expanding their worldviews, too. They love reading about all kinds of families and kids in all kinds of situations and countries, living in their own time or other eras. We've selected some sure-fire titles in a variety of genres -- from mystery to mythology to middle school tales and more -- that we know click with kids at this age and stage of development. And some are series starts, so they keep on giving. Get ready to get hooked!

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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2011)
(1937)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Book Poster Image
Toddler antics bug brother, amuse readers in 1st Fudge book.
By Judy Blume
(2011)
(1972)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
(2015)
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When You Reach Me Book Poster Image
Perfectly voiced, mysterious sci-fi coming-of-age tale.
By Rebecca Stead
(2009)
(2009)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
(2012)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Book Poster Image
Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
(2014)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2011)
(2000)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
(2009)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(2000)
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Holes Book Poster Image
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
(2000)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
(2014)
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I Funny: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
(2012)
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In a Glass Grimmly Book Poster Image
Fractured fairy tale is clever, touching, and violent.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2013)
(2012)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Little Women Book Poster Image
Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.
By Louisa May Alcott
(2009)
(1868)
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My Side of the Mountain Book Poster Image
Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
By Jean Craighead George
(2012)
(1959)
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Out of My Mind Book Poster Image
Girl with cerebral palsy conquers challenges in moving tale.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2013)
(2010)
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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
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Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting tale promotes peace in the face of war.
By Brian Jacques
(2005)
(1986)
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Book Poster Image
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2008)
(2007)
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Smile Book Poster Image
Delightful graphic novel follows teen girl's teeth troubles.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2011)
(2010)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
(2007)
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The Westing Game Book Poster Image
Would-be heirs compete for a fortune in classic mystery.
By Ellen Raskin
(2014)
(1978)
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