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Subject: Looking for suggestions
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 8:16 PM ET
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My 4th grade son needs to do book reports throughout the year and these are the genre they are starting with.  Looking for suggestions as well as deals.



Tall tales




Historical Fiction

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 6:43 AM ET
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Tall tales-- You can't go wrong with the classics. Paul Bunyan springs to mind and there are many books out there written about him.

Mystery-- any of the Hardy Boy books would fit this category and they are age-appropriate for 4th grade. 

Nonfiction-- what is he interested in?  If he's sports-minded, then grab a book on that particular sport.

Biography-- again, what are his interests?  There are tons of biographies on performers, sports stars, historical figures, etc. 

Historical Fiction-- Avi writes some great books in this genre.  My oldest son was always fond of The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle.  Sounder is another great novel. 

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 12:10 PM ET
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There are a lot of nice mystery series for fourth graders. Have you google searched book lists for his age? I've done it for my children and have found that librarians do a great job of combining classic literature with newer, more popular books (some of which I would not have heard of otherwise).

I may have some on my shelf that would work for your son. Please look and if you see anything you want, PM me. I'm willing to make deals in order to pare down the massive mess of books I've accumulated.

Date Posted: 10/13/2010 7:45 AM ET
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I have a couple copies of This Vast Land - it's the fictional diary of a teenager who traveled along on the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  The diary is from the point of view of George Shannon (there was an actually teenager named George Shannon on the trip).