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 surefire 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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City Spies Book Poster Image
Diverse young, skilled misfits team up in exciting spy romp.
By James Ponti
(2020)
(2020)
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Clean Getaway Book Poster Image
Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.
By Nic Stone
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Front Desk, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Immigrant kid tackles racism, bullying in powerful tale.
By Kelly Yang
(2019)
(2018)
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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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Mañanaland Book Poster Image
Tween rescues refugees in moving magical realism tale.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2020)
(2020)
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Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Bold princess shines in African superhero adventure.
By Nic Stone
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court Book Poster Image
Thoughtful memoir by basketball star and civil rights icon.
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
(2018)
(2017)
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Becoming Muhammad Ali Book Poster Image
Lyrical novel traces childhood, evolution of sports legend.
By Kwame Alexander, James Patterson
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Count Me In Book Poster Image
Powerful, appealing story about 7th grader fighting racism.
By Varsha Bajaj
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Echo Mountain Book Poster Image
Girl finds her strengths in rich, poignant Depression tale.
By Lauren Wolk
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Ghost: Track, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Gold Rush Girl Book Poster Image
Great characters, perilous adventures in historical tale.
By Avi
(2020)
(2020)
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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
Exciting mystery is often intense but occasionally funny.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
(2000)
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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure Book Poster Image
Brilliantly told and illustrated story of the epic moonshot.
By John Rocco
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Book Poster Image
Moving, interwoven stories of Black middle schoolers.
By Jason Reynolds
(2019)
(2019)
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The Lost Tribes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teens must win video game to save parents in clever sci-fi.
By C. Taylor-Butler
(2020)
(2019)
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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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The One and Only Bob: The One and Only Ivan, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Cheer-worthy tale of traumatized dog's quest for family.
By Katherine Applegate
(2020)
(2020)
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Other Words for Home Book Poster Image
Hopeful, relatable story of Syrian refugee in middle school.
By Jasmine Warga
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Premeditated Myrtle: Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Lively Victorian mystery with girl detective and governess.
By Elizabeth C. Bunce
(2020)
(2020)
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Race to the Sun Book Poster Image
Fun girl hero drives fast-paced, modern take on Navajo myth.
By Rebecca Roanhorse
(2020)
(2020)
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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematican Katherine Johnson Book Poster Image
Must-read true story of trailblazing NASA mathematician.
By Katherine Johnson
(2019)
(2019)
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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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Superman Smashes the Klan Book Poster Image
Asian American teens and Superman vs. racism in retro tale.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2020)
(2020)
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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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We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport Book Poster Image
Must-read true story of courage, heroism, and heartbreak.
By Deborah Hopkinson
(2020)
(2020)
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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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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor Book Poster Image
Wild tale of orphans, billionaires, mansions, and murder.
By Ally Carter
(2020)
(2020)
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