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4th Grade to Middle School Books: good books for ages 9-12

  Misty of Chincoteague (Paperback) 

Misty of Chincoteague

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

"Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry is a classic children's book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main characters in the chapter book, two children named Paul and Maureen, set their eyes on Phantom, the wildest horse on Assateague Island. They work really hard to earn enough to buy the horse. After twists and turns, the two children bring the wild mare and her colt Misty to their home on Chincoteague Island. In the end, they have to decide whether to set Phantom free. "Misty of Chincoteague", a Newbery Honor Book, appeals to children in third grade through seventh grade, especially kids who like good horse stories.

  Because of Winn-Dixie (Paperback) 

Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Animals, Friendship

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, a 2001 Newbery Honor book, tells a heartwarming story about love, friendship and tolerance. Main characters of the realistic fiction book are Opal Buloni, a 10-year-old girl, and Winn-Dixie, the dog she has found in the town grocery store. Opal has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. Her mother left them seven years ago. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends. Among them are Gloria Dump, a kind old lady called a witch by children, Miss Franny Block, a librarian who loves to tell stories, and Otis, a pet shop worker who plays music to animals. These quirky characters are part of the charm of the chapter book. "Because of Winn-Dixie" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.

  Charlotte's Web (Paperback) 

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Themes: Animals, Insects and Spiders, Friendship, Farm Life

"Charlotte's Web" by beloved author E. B. White, with illustrations by Garth Williams, is one of the best children's books ever written. In this Newbery award-winning chapter book, a pig named Wilbur forms a strong friendship with a spider named Charlotte, who also lives on the farm. Charlotte saves the pig's life by spinning words on her web. E. B. White creates a very memorable character in Charlotte. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fascinating story and great classic children's book. "Charlotte's Web" is also a good animal fantasy book to read aloud to children.

  Stuart Little (Paperback) 

Stuart Little

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Stuart Little" by E. B. White is a classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. A mouse born into a human family, Stuart Little goes through many adventures. His biggest adventures occur when he leaves home in search of a lovely bird named Margalo. "Stuart Little" is one of our favorite children's books. Kids in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fun adventure story.

  The Secret Garden (Paperback) 

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a great classic book, and can be considered among the best in children's literature. Mary Lennox, an unattractive orphan girl, is sent to live at her uncle's manor on the Yorkshire moors of England. There, she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up for years. Along with Colin, her spoiled and sickly cousin, and Dickon, a country boy who loves nature and can talk to animals, Mary is drawn to the wonderful world of the secret garden. They work to rejuvenate the secret garden and, along the way, Mary and Colin find their lives are transformed for the better. With strong and memorable characters and a heartwarming story, The Secret Garden is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.

  Pippi Longstocking (Paperback) 

Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Longstocking Series)

Astrid Ericsson Lindgren (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories

"Pippi Longstocking" by Astrid Lindgren is a classic chapter book for children all over the world. The story's main character Pippi Longstocking, an independent and strong girl who can lift her own horse, lives alone without her parents. Pippi makes friends with two kids who live next door and they have lots of fun and adventures together. Best-known Swedish author Astrid Lindgren creates a very memorable storybook character in Pippi Longstocking, who is tough, brave, funny and free-spirited. "Pippi Longstocking" is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Readers in third grade through seventh grade will love this humorous story.

  The BFG (Paperback) 


Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories

BFG, the Big Friendly Giant, is a kind and lovable character. His jumbled language will get laughs out of children. BFG and Sophie, a little orphan girl, go on an adventure that ends with the capture of nine horrible giants with the help of the Queen of England. "The BFG" is one of the best children's fantasy books. Kids in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this imaginative humorous story and the magic world created by author Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake.

  Matilda (Paperback) 


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.

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