Suggested Reads for Primary Four Students

 

April Adventure

by Ron Roy

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose have hidden Easter eggs for the younger kids to find. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy have no trouble finding the plastic eggs. But some of the golden eggs disappear! Can the four kids track down the thief?

 

The Castle Crime

by Ron Roy

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose go to London! The kids see Big Ben, ride the London Eye, and tour Madame Tussauds wax museum. Then big news hits—someone has stolen Queen Elizabeth's jewels right outside Windsor Castle! The kids head to the castle to check around for clues. But can three kids from Green Lawn possibly find evidence that Scotland Yard has missed?

 

Operation Orca

by Ron Roy

Thar she blows! Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are on an Alaskan whale watching adventure. On their first day, they see a mother orca and her calf. But the next day, the baby orca is missing! The calf needs its mother’s milk. Can the kids solve this whale of a mystery?

 

January Joker

by Ron Roy

Green Lawn has a problem! When Bradley Pinto wakes up in the night to strange lights in his backyard, he wonders if there are aliens in town. When he sees three-toed tracks in the snow, he's sure of it. His twin, Brian, and friends Lucy and Nate aren't so certain. But then Lucy's cousin Dink, the twins' brother Josh, and Nate's sister Ruth Rose all disappear. Are there really aliens in Green Lawn? And where could they be taking Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose?

 

June Jam

by Ron Roy

Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy are getting ready for Father's Day. They've decided that strawberry jam from the Pintos' strawberry patch would be a great gift. But something or someone has been taking bites out of the strawberrys! Polly the Pony, Pal and the dog, and the twins' brother Josh are all suspects. If the kids can't protect the strawberry patch from the mystery chomper, they might be in a real jam!

 

March Mischief

by Ron Roy

It's St. Patrick's Day in Green Lawn. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy dress up a leprechaun statue for the town's yearly contest. They leave it out on the porch overnight, but the next morning, it's missing Who is behind the mischief? It will take four kids and the luck of the Irish to find out.

 

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest

by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

Gannon and Wyatt can't wait to trek into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the mythical spirit bear, but surviving in this unforgiving wilderness proves more challenging than they could have ever imagined. When members of the expedition go missing, the brothers bravely set out on a search-and-rescue mission. Soon they find themselves lost in a forest teeming with grizzlies, wolves and mysterious gunmen. Guided by the wisdom of the First Nation people, Gannon and Wyatt uncover a sinister plot and must risk everything to save those who are missing and restore balance to the Great Bear.

 

The Name Game!

by Marissa Moss

Daphne has never (ever) loved her name, but it is her name and she can’t do much to change it. So when the first day of fourth grade comes, not only does Daphne get her pre-braces retainer but also the new teacher can’t seem to remember her name. It’s not Duffy or Daffy or Doffy. It’s Daphne. Well anyway what’s in a name? A lot, just ask Daphne.

 

Nighttime: Too Afraid to Scream

by Todd Strasser

If you're easily scared then. . . DON'T read this book, or you'll be sorry when night time comes around! Short stories sure to make you think twice before turning off the light.

 

Best of Enemies, Best of Friends

by Brian Moses

A fabulous collection of poetry celebrating good friendship and how to cope with bad aquaintances. One half of the book deals with bullies and bullying - toughies who turn out to be softies, beating a bully, gangs, fights, name calling, falling out and making up with friends. The second half of the book is dedicated to poems about friends, such as being best friends, finding a friend, being one of the gang, embarrassing friends, boy/girl friendships, sticking up for friends etc.

 

Sophie and the Shadow Woods (The Icicle Imps)

by Linda Chapman and Lee Weatherly

Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm -- a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live! On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods.

 

The Man Who Stole a Planet (Captain Valiant)

by Adam Britten

Dynamic Boy and his superhero family are caught up in a space battle between the Federal Army of the Republic of Teranos (FART) and the Bureau of Undercover Research Personnel (BURP). A BURP agent has stolen a secret weapon from the FART, the Eternity Stone, which can shrink planets to the size of a matchbox. It's up to Dynamic Boy and his family to recapture the device before BURP and FART tear the galaxy apart! Illustrated throughout by Arthur Hamer.

 

Toppling

by Sally Murphy

John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he’s a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him.

 

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Animal Diaries)

by Steve Parker

This series combines reference-style information with an imaginative diary approach -- each book charts the observations, thoughts, sketches, and doodles of a young animal diarist. Information is presented in smartly written, bite-sized nuggets, combined with scribbles, torn-out photos, comic strips and incidental finds, such as footprints, eggs, pieces of vegetation, and a series of fact cards on other species that the diarist meets. Offers a fantastic opportunity to encourage an active developing imagination to live and survive in the animal's world, as well as developing both reading and writing skills.

 

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The race is on for a new student council president, and the Breakfast Bunch is rallying for Hector! The competition is already heavy, but the race heats up when school security is at stake: student and staff high-tech gadgets are disappearing left and right. Whoever the culprit is, this is one stealthy thief—and the school is so busy with the election that he gets away with it every time. Luckily some of Lunch Lady's own culinary gadgets have eluded the crook, but will they be enough to catch this sticky-fingered bandit? And will Hector be able to pull off a victory?

 

Finding Heroes: Be Inspired by Stories of Amazing Journeys

by Jon Carnegie and Jim Stynes

No dreamer is ever too small. No dream is ever too big. Heroes are just ordinary people on amazing journeys. Some are born with more talent than others, but in the end it's not talent alone that makes you succeed. It's also about following your heart and having a go.

 

The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

by David Almond

Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It's one of many strange ideas that he's never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all), until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world. Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky. But his astonishing discovery there can't keep him away for long - what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he'd ever imagined.

 

Far from home

by Ben Hatke

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

 

Sherlock Sam and the Sinister Letters in Bras Basah

by A.J. Low

In Sherlock Sam and the Sinister Letters in Bras Basah, Sherlock Sam is all set to discover what an international school in Singapore is really like, but one of the students is receiving strange letters that are causing grave concern. Can Singapore’s Greatest Kid Detective use his super intelligence to help his new friend?

 

Seriously Silly Stories

by Laurence Anholt

Once upon a time there were seven aliens, some giant knickers and a beastly bride - but did they all live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant stories! They're scarily silly!

 

Fortunately, the Milk

by Neil Gaiman

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

 

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