Books with Heart and Humor for the 4th-Grader Who Loves THE PENDERWICKS, THE VANDERBEEKERS, and Mysteries

Recommendations from Katie


 

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.


Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.


The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062491459
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2020

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling.


Because of Mr. Terupt Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375858246
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Published: Yearling - October 11th, 2011

Seven students are about to have their lives changed by one amazing teacher in this school story sequel filled with unique characters every reader can relate to.


Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984837141
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Published: Puffin Books - February 25th, 2020

A USA Today Bestselling book!
A Barnes & Noble Book of the Month!
A 2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!
A National Bestseller!


Echo Mountain Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555568
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

Soothing and exquisitely written.” –People

Surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart.The New York Times Book Review


The List of Things That Will Not Change Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 7th, 2020

EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now.

"An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder


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Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142426050
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Published: Puffin Books - December 31st, 2013

A Newbery Honor Book

"An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird." —Newsday


Winterhouse Cover Image
By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250294197
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Published: Square Fish - October 30th, 2018

An Edgar Award Finalist
An Agatha Award Finalist

An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut—the first book in a trilogy—set in a magical hotel full of secrets.


The Case of the Missing Marquess (An Enola Holmes Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142409336
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Published: Puffin Books - November 8th, 2007

Now a Netflix original movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter!

Meet Enola Holmes, teenaged girl turned detective and the younger sister to Sherlock Holmes.


The London Eye Mystery Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385751841
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Published: Yearling - May 26th, 2009

A five-star mystery now in paperback!


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328499219
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

From New York Times best-selling author Karina Yan Glaser comes one of Times'  Notable Children's Books of 2017: “In this delightful and heartwarming throwback to the big-family novels of yesteryear, a large biracial family might lose their beloved brownstone home, but win it back with an all-out charm offensive.”

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

This series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. Over one million copies sold, now with a bright new look!