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The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneKate DiCamillo
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City of EmberJeanne DuPrau
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The Westing GameEllen Raskin
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The Hundred DressesEleanor Estes
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Al Capone Does My ShirtsGennifer Choldenko
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The Library CardJerry Spinelli
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Ida B.Katherine HanniganA spunky,9-year-old home-schooled girl faces many changes when her family is forced to deal with an illness. change, identity, new school, family illness
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Bud, Not BuddyChristopher Paul CurtisAn orphan in the Depression sets out across Michigan to search for his long-lost father. identity
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Out of My MindSharon M. Draper10 year old Melody has cerebral palsy, a photographic/audiographic memory, and has never been able to communicate with those around her. New technology changes it all...identity2013 Global Read Aloud Book
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Thing About GeorgieLisa GraffGeorgie is fourth grader who has to adjust to changes in his life, including a new family member, sharing of friends, and a constant bully. Did we mention he's a dwarf?identity, change, siblings
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Pioneer GirlAndrea WarrenNonfiction biography of Grace McCance- in depth look at pioneer life in Nebraska in the 1880's. prairie life, historyNonfiction
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Runaway TwinPeg KehretGirl in foster care discovers she has a twin sister, sets out to find her, traveling across the country.identity (DO YOU SENSE A THEME?! :) )
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Twenty and TenClaire Huchet BishopA story about French kids who hide Jewish children from Nazis.
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The UnnerA boy receives an "unner" from a mysterious stranger and discovers he has the capability to undo past events. Is undoing the past really worth it?
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Tuck EverlastingNatalie BabbittA girl meets a family who is immortal because they drank from a certain stream, and she must decide whether she will drink the water to live forever too.
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Last of the Really Great WhangdoodlesJulie Andrews EdwardsThree siblings and an eccentric professor set out on a journey to find the last remaining Whangdoodle. They encounter many creatures on this fantastic voyage and learn about the importance of creativity and perseverence.
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Bandit's MoonSid FleischmanAnnyrose Smith is a true child of calamity, but she is determined to overcome it. So what if she's an orphan? So what if she's stuck with the vilest landlady in California, while her brother's off trying to strike gold? So what if Joaquín Murieta and his band of notorious outlaws swoop in and take her away? The fearsome bandit thinks Annyrose can help him in his quest for justice, and she thinks he can help her search for her long-lost brother. She's not about to let anything stop her, not the mistaken identities, the daring robberies, the wild chases, or her unlikely friendship with the Mexican Robin Hood.friendship, right/wrong
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How to Steal a DogBarbara O'ConnorGeorgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.forgiveness, right/wrong
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The One and Only IvanKatherine ApplegateIvan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.friendship, hope
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Russel Friedman
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The Breaker BoysPat HughesNathan Tanner is the son and grandson of the coal mine owners and operaters. But he never fits in with the other kids in his family or at his schools. He's known for getting into fights and causing trouble wherever he goes. Then, Nate meets some breaker boys - sons of immigrant coal miners who work in the coal mine's breaker - and he makes real friends for what might be the first time in his life. Unforunately, Nate can't tell the boys who he really is, but he can't keep this secret forever. When the miners go on strike, Nate is literally caught in the middle of the interests of his family and the interests of his friends. SUPPLEMENT WITH NONFICTION BOOK "GROWING UP IN COAL COUNTRY" BY SUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTIfriendship, unions, PA history, industrial revolution
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Wildfire RunDee GarretsonLuke is sick of the constant supervision that comes with being the President's son. But he gets a lot more freedom than he bargained for when he and two friends become trapped - alone - inside of Camp David as a wildfire encircles them. Suddenly, Luke has to rely on every survival skill he's ever learned in his incredibly sheltered life to get himself, his three friends, and his seriously injured bodyguard out safely. A GREAT adventure story that my students enjoy every year.friendship, survival
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Storm Runners (series)Roland SmithEver since Chase's dad survived being struck by lightning, they've been living a life on the run. But they're not running away from storms - they're running toward them. Chase's dad has started a traveling repairs business that follows severe storms, helping people get ready before a storm and helping them rebuild after. Chase doesn't always admire what his dad is doing, but since his mom and sister died in a car accident years ago, he has no choice but to join his dad on these adventures. In the firt book, Chase and his dad have arrived in Florida in anticipation of a major hurricane. Chase is supposed to enroll in a local school well north of where the hurricane is expected to hit. But when the hurricane makes a change of course, it's CHASE who is stuck in the middle of the storm, fighting for surivival, while his dad is outside the storm area trying to get back in to help him. survival, loss, friendship
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The Tale of DepereauxKate DiCamillo & Timothy Basil Eringfantasy of a brave little mouse
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMHRobert C. O'Brien & Zena Bernsteinfantasy of a mouse mother and the rats that help her try to save her family
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Because of AnyaMargaret Peterson Haddixrealistic story of a girl with alopecia and how her classmates react to her and the situation
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Secret ZooBryan Chick On the edge of your seat cliff hanger. Great read aloud for visualizing, storyboarding
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The One and Only IvanKatherine Applegate & Patricia Castelao
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Tiger RisingKate DiCamillo
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Navigating EarlyClare Vanderpool
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Sisters Grimm (series)Michael Buckley & Peter Ferguson
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James and the Giant PeachRoald Dahlword choices
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Belle Prater's BoyRuth White
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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man SwampKathi Appelt
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Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingJudy Blume
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WonderR. J. Palacio
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A Drop Around the WorldBarbara McKinney & Michael S. Maydak
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HatchetGary Paulsen
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The Kid in the Red JacketBarbara Park
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Extra YarnMac Barnett & Jon Klassen
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Fourth Grade RatsJerry Spinelli & Paul Casale
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Each KindnessJacqueline Woodson & E. B. Lewis
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The Lightning ThiefRick RiordianA 12-year old boy finds out he's a demigod, and has 10 days to complete a nearly impossible quest with only a week's worth of training. Supplement with Greek mythology to understand allusions.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
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The Westing Game
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City of Ember
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Runaway Twin
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
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Pioneer Girl
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Thing About Georgie
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Out of My Mind
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Ida B.
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Bud, Not Buddy
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The Tale of Despereaux
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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler
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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
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The Unner
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Twenty and Ten
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TitleAuthorSynopsisThemes4th Grade CCSS ELA
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Tuck Everlasting
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