New Books for 4th Graders

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Julia and Eliza are best friends. They are also family. Even though they are the same age, Julia is Eliza's aunt. Of course, Eliza doesn't call her best friend "Aunt Julia" but still...they are more tied together in ways most friends are. That was never a problem...until the summer they turned twelve

Eliza still likes to pretend, just the way she and Julia have done all their lives. But Julia finds it harder and harder to enter that make-believe world. There are too many distractions in the real world. Some are terrible, like worrying about whether or not her mother will survive her tour of duty in Iraq. Others are much more pleasant, like a certain very cute boy named Michael.

Where do your loyalties lie when you find yourself changing, pulling away from a best friend who is so much more than just a friend?

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For other tales of changing friendships try:

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Eleven by Lauren Myracle and

Gossip Times Three by Amy Koss

The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Reading Level: K-5

The second book in the wonderfully adventrous Dolittle series starts off by introducing us to Tommy Stubbins, future naturalist. To sate his curiosity about animals and their nature, Tommy asks Dr. Dolittle to apprentice him and teach him all he knows about animals and their languages - and so Dolittle, Stubbins and a few old friends set sail, hoping to learn the language of the Shellfish.

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The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Because of Hitler's unrelenting bombing of London, many families chose to move their children away from the city. When her parents decide to bring 11-year-old Felicity across the ocean to live with her father's extended family in Maine, Felicity finds herself thrust into the middle of a dark family secret.

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Other stories of children torn from their homes by war include:

Good Night Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian and

Is It Night or Day? by Fern Schumer Chapman

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