Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy BlumeFourth grader Peter has many problems, but by far his biggest problem is his little brother. Nicknamed ‘Fudge’ he’s a three year old living nightmare. Sometimes it’s little things, like refusing to eat until Peter stands on his head, or throwing tantrums in shoe stores. Other times it’s bigger than that. Whatever it is, Fudge gets all the attention and Peter is left to feel like a ‘fourth grade nothing’. Just what will Peter do about his annoying little brother?
Whipping Boy by Sid FleischmanYou’d think that living in a palace would be great, but not if you’re Jemmy. Jemmy is an orphan and his job at the palace is to take the whippings for the royal heir, Prince Brat. Every time Prince Brat does something wrong, Jemmy gets whipped. It’s too much for Jemmy to bear and so he decides to escape – only to be beaten to it by Prince Brat who decides he’s leaving the palace and that Jemmy will go with him. Next thing Jemmy is out of the palace and accused of kidnapping Prince Brat!
My Last Best Friend by Julie BoweIda May is about to enter fourth grade without her best friend who’s moved away. Ida is determined that she won’t make any new friends, ever again, but then a new girl, Stacey, comes to school. Ida can’t help but be curious about Stacey and so she sends her a secret note. When Stacey replies a new friendship is born, a secret one, where Ida refuses to tell Stacey who she is. Ida May thinks perhaps having another friend won’t be so bad, but then the school bully Jenna gets in the way.
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds NaylorWhen Marty finds a beagle pup hiding in some bushes on his way home from school he manages to convince the scared little dog to follow him. Naming the beagle Shiloh Marty soon realizes that the dog has been treated badly. Shiloh and Marty get along great though, and soon are best of friends. Marty realizes that Shiloh really belongs to Judd Travers, a nasty man who’s known to treat his animals badly. Marty’s stunned when his parents tell him to return Shiloh to his owner, how can he send his beloved pet back to a man that won’t care for him?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff KinneyGreg’s life is pretty normal. His older brother is a jerk, his younger brother is annoying and his parents are just painful. Greg’s just a 6th grade weakling trying to make his mark in middle school. Greg’s diary chronicles his journey as he tries to become popular and successful at middle school. Filled with illustrations this book is part comic, part book and fully loaded with laughter.
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis SacharBradley is a liar, friendless, and the oldest boy in fifth grade. Nobody at school or at home seems to understand him, until a new counselor starts at school. Carla, the counselor really seems to understand Bradley and she shows him that he can change, even if no one else thinks he can. When Jeff Fishkin starts at school he becomes Bradley’s friend, things are starting to look up for Bradley, he’s just got to find a way to keep them that way.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamilloEdward Tulane is a china rabbit, his owner, Abilene Tulane loves him dearly, but Edward feels no love in return, he’s far too busy with vanity to consider others. During a trip on the ocean some mean boys rip Edward from Abilene’s hand and he falls overboard. And so begins Edward’s miraculous journey where he discovers that love for others is more important than love for himself.
Frindle by Andrew ClementsNick decides to create a new word. ‘Frindle’ is his new word for pen and soon he and all his friends have the whole school using the word. Except for Mrs Granger. Mrs Granger has a passion for vocabulary and Nick’s made-up word isn’t one she approves of. Soon it’s a battle between Nick and Mrs Granger, and the word Frindle is right in the middle of it all.
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick CatlingJohn loves chocolate, he’d eat chocolate all the time, if he could. One day his wish comes true, suddenly everything that touches his mouth turns to chocolate. John thinks this is fantastic, imagine – being able to eat the yummiest food ever, all the time! But then he forgets and accidentally kisses his Mom…
Punished by David LubarWhen a game of tag in the library gets out of hand Logan crashes into an old man in the reference stacks. The man isn’t pleased and tells Logan that he’ll be punished, and he means it – literally! Logan discovers he’s cursed and can only speak in puns. There’s only one way to break the spell and Logan has only three days to do it.
Shredderman: Secret Identity by Brian BiggsNolan is being bullied by a boy name Bubba, and he’s tired of it. Nolan sets out to avenge himself and fellow Bubba-sufferers by creating an online superhero – Shredderman! Armed with a digital camera and his computer Nolan (and Shredderman) set out to see that ‘truth and justice will prevail’.
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