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Subject: trying to find good books for a 4th grade girl at a 6th grade reading level
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 9:09 AM ET
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hello.. my daughter is in the 4th grade but is reading at the highest reading level at her school. she loves to read. she really loves junie b., my

weird school, diary of a wimpy kid, and the such. i would really like to introduce her to harder reading material that is still going to keep her

interested. any help would be great!!




Date Posted: 2/5/2009 10:07 AM ET
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Come check out my shelf, as I have a daughter that is in middle school, so I have a number of books that are that age.  I am also offering at this time a 2-1 special on all my books.  I will send you a PM as well.


Date Posted: 2/6/2009 6:11 PM ET
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Hi Cyndi,

My daughter read most of these books as part of our local Battle of the Books Competition which was geared for grades 4-6. These were the ones she liked the most:

The Watson’s Go To Birmingham 1963 – Paul Curtis

Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Out of the Dust and Letters from Rifka  – Karen Hesse

The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo

The Hundred Dresses – Estes

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – Bette Bao Lord

The View from Saturday – Konigsburg

The Kite Fighters – Park

Snow Treasure – McSwigan

Journey to Ellis Island – Bierman

Immigrant Kids – Freedman

Rodzina - Karen Cushman

Princess Academy - Shannon Hale

Just Ella - Haddix

Listening for Lions and Once on This Island - Gloria Whelan

The Secret School - Avi

A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck

The Misadventures of Maude March - Couloumbis

Lunch Money - Clements

Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 - Elisa Carbone

The Sacrifice - Duble



Date Posted: 3/4/2009 7:11 PM ET
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Perhaps she would be interested in the Baby-sitter club books. i was reading them in fourth grade and I really enjoyed them! Writen well and wonderful lessons in them....I've got a few on my bookshelf if you'd like to check it out.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:31 PM ET
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My son is also in the 4th grade and reading 6th grade stuff.  He just finished the James Patterson kids book series Maximum Ride.  It was sooooo good!!  I read them too, in fact I am reading the last one right now and we are waiting for the next one to come out in print!

i also recommend Little House on the Prarie and books written by margaret Peterson Haddix.  They are very very good!

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:22 PM ET
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How about the American Girl books, Boxcar Children, Mandie series, and if she's really into reading, she might love the amish series books by Mary Christner Borntrager. These books are geared toward 9-12 year olds.  I don't know about you but I loved collecting series when I was growing up and my daughters started early because we read a chapter a night (sometimes two) before they could even read yet.

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 4:09 AM ET
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Some great books have been suggested so far!

There is a database of reading levels at the following site. You can choose the reading level and just browse the list for that grade level to get ideas.


Island of the Blue Dolphins, Anne of Green Gables, Little House books, and of course, Nancy Drew are some that I didn't notice being mentioned yet. Scott O'Dell actually has quite a few books that are good, as well as the more well-known Island of the Blue Dolphins.

The "Dear America" and "Royal Diary" books provide an idea of what it was like to be a young person living through different eras and events in history.

Bill Wallace also has several good books. Has she tried the Animal Ark books? My daughter loved them!

We've loved every book that we've read by the author of "Frindle". His last name is Clements. His books are a funny look at school life today.

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 9:09 PM ET
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Does she like horses? The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant and the Thoroughbred series by Joanne Campbell are popular around here.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 1:41 AM ET
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My daughter loves to read.   She's 10 years old and will be starting middle school in the Fall.   Some of her recent favorites have been:

All of the Roald Dahl Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Spiderwick Chronicals

Guardians of Ga'hoole (series of books)

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Penderwicks

Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass

Peter Pan

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Ida B.






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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 11:31 AM ET
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My daughter used to read the goosebumps books. Your daughter might be interested in them. In some of the goosebumps you can choose your own ending and make a new adventure every time. I also have some kids chapter books such as:

  • The Christmas Tree That Ate My Mother- By: Dean Marney
  • Animal Ark #17 Squirrels in The School- By: Ben M. Baglio
  • Doggie Dare ( Animla Ark Pets)- By: Ben M. Baglio
  • M.C. Higgins The Great- By: Virginia Hamilton
  • The Music Of Dolphins- By: Karen Hesse
  • The Night The Baby-Sitter Didn't Come- By: Beverly Keller

There are other books if you would like to check them out!!

Thanks- Debra

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Have you tried the Edward Eager books? I always loved those.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 5:58 PM ET
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Wow!  There's a lot of good suggestions.  Also try The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and A Wrinkle in Time.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:16 AM ET
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And, as long as we are talking classics, The Borrowers. 

Subject: More ideas of books for girls
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 9:43 AM ET
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My daughter loved the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter.

Trixie Belden series (old books!)

Nancy Drew series (I'm partial to the older ones)

Beverly Cleary books

Check out the Tamora Pierce books- she might be a bit young right now, but in a couple of years.

Classics like the Black Stallion

Marquerite Henry Books


Check out the Chinaberry.com web site.  They have great book selections broken down by ages with great reviews. 



Date Posted: 4/5/2009 2:30 PM ET
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Look at my shelf i have a lot of books like Junie B. Jones and other books that I liked to read at that age.