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  Matilda (Paperback) 

Matilda

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories

In the book "Matilda", author Roald Dahl tells a humorous story that delights many children. Main character Matilda is an exceptionally gifted little girl and a voracious reader of literature. Unfortunately, her self-centered parents do not appreciate any of Matilda's talents. When she goes to school, Matilda has to cope with horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. With sheer mental power, Matilda rids the school of the cruel headmistress and restores her beloved teacher Miss Honey to financial security. Quentin Blake's funny illustrations add to the appeal of this popular chapter book. "Matilda" is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  The Borrowers (Paperback) 

The Borrowers (Borrowers Series)

Mary Norton, Joe Krush, Beth Krush (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

"The Borrowers" by Mary Norton is one of the best children' books of the 20th century and an enduring classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. Main characters of the story are the borrowers, tiny people who borrow from humans. One borrower family -- Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty -- lives under the floorboards of an old English country house. A boy spotted the borrowers' daughter and they become friends. Danger looms when Mrs. Driver, the housekeeper, discovers their secret home. This engaging fantasy book is good for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Poppy (Paperback) 

Poppy (Poppy Books)

Avi (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Poppy" by Avi, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is a fast-paced and suspense-filled animal fantasy book. Main characters are two talking animals: a deer mouse named Poppy and a great horned owl called Mr. Ocax. The owl claims to be the ruler of the Dimwood Forest and promises to protect the mice headed by Poppy's father Lungwort in exchange for their obedience. After the owl kills Poppy's best friend Ragweed and refuses the request by the Poppy's father to move half of the mice family to a new place, Poppy sets out to find the new home. Along the way, Poppy makes friends with Ereth, a porcupine. In the end, Poppy engages in a fierce battle with the owl. Children in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this award-winning chapter book.


  Catwings (Paperback) 

Catwings (Catwings Series #1)

Ursula K. Le Guin (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Catwings" by Ursula K. Le Guin is a story about the adventures of four cats with wings as they leave the city and find a new home in the country. This easy-to-read animal fantasy book appeals to children in second and third grade. "Catwings" is a good chapter book to read aloud.


  Gregor the Overlander (Paperback) 

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1)

Suzanne Collins (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

"Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanne Collins is a fast-paced and suspenseful fantasy book that brings readers to the fascinating Underland, inhabited by fanciful characters such as talking bats called fliers, huge spiders called spinners, giant cockroaches called crawlers, vicious rats called gnawers, and purple-eyed humans. The story starts with 11-year-old Gregor and his 2-year-old sister Boots falling through an air vent in the laundry room of their apartment complex into the Underland. They are found by the cockroaches and taken to the humans in the city of Regalia, where Gregor meets queen Luxa and his grandfather Vikus. Gregor tries to escape, but gets attacked by the rats. The humans rescue him. Vikus thinks Gregor is the Overlander warrior who can help the humans fulfill their prophecy. Gregor initially refuses, but when he hears that his dad is held prisoner by the rats in the Underland, Gregor agrees to join a quest to fight the rats. After many twists and turns, Gregor is happily united with his father. Part of the charm of this chapter book lies in its portrayal of the main character Gregor as a loving and caring big brother who rises to his challenges. Another interesting character is Ripred, a smart and powerful rat who joins the quest as a guide. "Gregor the Overlander" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  The Incredible Journey (Paperback) 

The Incredible Journey

Sheila Burnford (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford is a classic animal adventure book. Three animals-- a Siamese cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever-- make an incredible journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of their family and their home. The pets face hardship, starvation and wild animals on their adventurous journey. The last chapter, in which they find their owners, is very moving. "The Incredible Journey" is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 9th grade. Cat and dog lovers will especially love this heartwarming animal story.


  The Cricket in Times Square (Paperback) 

The Cricket in Times Square

George Selden, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Garth Williams is a charming animal fantasy book about Chester Cricket's adventure in New York City. At the start of this classic children' book, the country cricket arrives at the Times Square subway station by accident. Mario Bellini, whose parents own a newsstand, finds him and lets him stay in the newsstand. The cricket goes on to make friends with the boy, Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. With interesting characters and an imaginative story, The Cricket in Times Square is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Freckle Juice (Paperback) 

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction

"Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume is a funny easy chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main character Andrew Marcus wants freckles after noticing his classmate Nicky has them. In fact, Andrew wants freckles so bad that he buys a secret recipe for freckle juice from Sharon for fifty cents, his five-week allowance. But freckle juice does not work as expected. Andrew has to draw fake freckles with a blue marker. At school, Andrew's teacher gives him a "freckle remover" to remove the blue freckles. Children in second grade and third grade will enjoy reading this humorous story.


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