PDA

View Full Version : Book Lists for Advanced 4th grade reader -- newer books?



Pages : [1] 2 3 4 5

barbk
12-15-2011, 10:31 PM
I'm looking for books for my niece, who is a very, very strong reader, and in 4th grade. But while she's very strong on the reading, she's still only 9, and most of the "teen" books are really beyond where she's at from a maturity perspective. I know she's already read most of the books for advanced readers I knew about -- which are largely those first published before 2005 -- and I'm having trouble finding good lists of more recent fiction for advanced readers in this age range. Any suggestions? (Books or lists) She reads 3-7 decently sized books a week. In addition to giving her some books for Christmas, I'd love to give her a list of other books she might want to (literally) check out.

rjblue
12-15-2011, 11:57 PM
Harry Potter (One a year until she's 16)
Artemis Fowl (and you should read them too!)
Among the Hidden-Margaret Peterson Haddix (my daughter says anything by her is good)
The Olympians -Rick Riordan
The Borrowers by Mary Norton (my personal favourite)
Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper By Michael Reisman( very funny)
...anything by Roald Dahl

michiruwater
12-16-2011, 12:11 AM
At that age I was heavily invested in The Prydain Chronicle by Lloyd Alexander.

I agree with the suggestions above. I will say that I was reading way, way beyond my maturity level by age 10, reading Terry Goodkind, Terry Prachett, etc., and the things that were outside of my maturity level I generally simply didn't pick up on. I didn't understand sex, and I didn't understand anything that happened in those scenes until much later on. I just skimmed over them without intending to. I was surprised when I re-read them later on in my teens at how much I simply hadn't picked up on, but I'd still enjoyed them immensely.

I read The Golden Compass at 9. I know a lot of people have issues with this book, as it is definitely not pro-religion, but I still think it's marvelous.

If she reads Harry Potter, she will definitely not read just one a year until she's 16! She will probably read the entire series in one get-go. I would have! I imagine you've already thought of that, though.

There's nothing very sexual at all in The Hunger Games series, however her parents may object to the subject matter. They aren't light books by any means, but I know I could have handled them at that age. Death occurs in most fantasy books, it just isn't as overtly displayed. The last book in the series also surprised me, positively, in its portrayal of the heroine as suffering from PTSD. I didn't anticipate such realism.

Cachoo
12-16-2011, 12:15 AM
I think rjblue mentioned this series: My niece was in fourth grade last year and she devoured the Percy Jackson/Olympian series. I do know not if that is considered advanced but she loved them.

Wyliefan
12-16-2011, 12:17 AM
Has she read the Anne of Green Gables series yet? I was about 11 when I started them, but I think a strong reader could probably handle them at nine.

Or she might not have read An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott yet. It gets missed sometimes because Little Women is so much better known, but personally I think the former book is much better.

How about The Phantom Tollbooth? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler? The Westing Game?

I haven't read them myself, but I hear Brian Jacques's Redwall series is excellent.

And Robin McKinley's Beauty, a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," is fantastic.

Oh, and I used to be big into the Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson as a kid. They're Christian books, but not sanctimonious or stuffy like too many Christian kids' books are. (Like the Elsie Dinsmore books, for instance, which make me want to vomit.) Actually, the author has a fantastic sense of humor, especially in the later books. A more recent Christian book series for that age group, which also avoids stuffy sanctimoniousness, is the April Grace series by KD McCrite.

Gordon Korman is a really good kids' author. Lately he's been writing more adventure stories, but he used to write a lot of humor. His Bruno and Boots series (the mishaps of two boys at boarding school) is a good place to start -- really funny stuff, and aimed at that age group. This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! is the first one. He also has some funny books that are aimed at teens, but I don't think there's anything inappropriate in them. Son of Interflux is my favorite.

And John D. Fitzgerald's Great Brain series is also a lot of fun.

Cachoo
12-16-2011, 12:33 AM
Has she read the Anne of Green Gables series yet? I was about 11 when I started them, but I think a strong reader could probably handle them at nine.

Or she might not have read An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott yet. It gets missed sometimes because Little Women is so much better known, but personally I think the former book is much better.

How about The Phantom Tollbooth? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler? The Westing Game?

I haven't read them myself, but I hear Brian Jacques's Redwall series is excellent.

And Robin McKinley's Beauty, a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," is fantastic.

Oh, and I used to be big into the Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson as a kid. They're Christian books, but not sanctimonious or stuffy like too many Christian kids' books are. (Like the Elsie Dinsmore books, for instance, which make me want to vomit.) Actually, the author has a fantastic sense of humor, especially in the later books. A more recent Christian book series for that age group, which also avoids stuffy sanctimoniousness, is the April Grace series by KD McCrite.

Gordon Korman is a really good kids' author. Lately he's been writing more adventure stories, but he used to write a lot of humor. His Bruno and Boots series (the mishaps of two boys at boarding school) is a good place to start -- really funny stuff, and aimed at that age group. This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! is the first one. He also has some funny books that are aimed at teens, but I don't think there's anything inappropriate in them. Son of Interflux is my favorite.

And John D. Fitzgerald's Great Brain series is also a lot of fun.

Wonderful suggestions: Robin McKinley is a master of high fantasy. Her use of language just draws you in to whatever world she is taking you.

rjblue
12-16-2011, 12:35 AM
Or she might not have read An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott yet. It gets missed sometimes because Little Women is so much better known, but personally I think the former book is much better.Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom are my favourites by far. I wore them out re-reading them. Louisa was kind of a feminist for her time, I'd say.

Wyliefan
12-16-2011, 12:37 AM
I never actually got around to those. One of these days I should do that. :) But I ADORED An Old-Fashioned Girl -- checked it out of the library over and over and over again until I finally found it in a bookstore!

Anemone
12-16-2011, 02:31 AM
I'd second most of Wyliefan's suggestions.
Anne of Green Gables is well known. But people often overlook the 7 sequels in that series and the more than 20 other books LM Montgomery wrote.

I would also suggest the Dear America, Dear Canada and Royal Diaries series published by Scholastic.

They are harder to come by in NA than the UK and Australia/New Zealand, but anything by Enid Blyton is good as well.
Like EB above, harder to find here, but books by Noel Streatfield.

The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer.

Carol Matas is another good author - some of her books would be appropriate for her age, some not.

The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald.

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald Sobol

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Little House series by Laura Ingals Wilder

Books by Jean Little


My last suggestion is to visit goodreads. You can search by many criteria and there are tons of recommendations/reviews by readers. You can search for new releases, what is popular, by author. You can even put in what has been read & get recommendations for similar books.

barbk
12-16-2011, 02:37 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions -- she's already devoured all the Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Anne of Green Gables, and The Borrowers -- and loved them all. But quite a few of the others are new to me. You may even have gotten me convinced to go to the library and search out a copy of An Old-Fashioned Girl. Maybe it will be like my Hemingway experience: I despised The Old Man and the Sea, and so didn't read any other Hemingway until years later, when I was stuck somewhere with For Whom the Bell Tolls as about the only thing to read, and thought, "Wow. This is a fabulous book. He really CAN write."

I appreciate all the help!

timing
12-16-2011, 02:56 AM
How about the Warriors series by Erin Hunter? These are about four clans of feral cats.

triple_toe
12-16-2011, 03:06 AM
^ Those were so good! I read them when I was about her age and loved them. But then again, I'm a big cat person. What about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy series? I read those when I was about 10 and they remain some of my favourite books ever.

PDilemma
12-16-2011, 03:09 AM
There are many more L.M. Montgomery books than Anne. I loved the Emily series as a pre-teen. And someone mentioned the Redwall series. I was a nanny a couple of summers and Redwall was the huge thing for the very gifted 9 then 10 year old I cared for.

Wyliefan
12-16-2011, 03:10 AM
Still brainstorming -- has she read any Madeleine L'Engle? Or E. Nesbit?

Good point that L. M. Montgomery wrote more novels, but most people usually start with Anne -- that's why I mentioned her. But as PDilemma said, you might check and see if she's read the Emily of New Moon trilogy yet.

Lacey
12-16-2011, 03:23 AM
Same problem for one of my grandsons: he's in 2nd grade, at the top of his class in a reading group of him and two girls, just the three of them. His father is a great reader, his mother not, so no one but me is buying him books, and getting to the library with 3 brothers doing 8 different sports teams is difficult. He reads way way way ahead of his 4th grade brother and handles it well, does not brag, does not know this is a gift. And he remembers everything, at 8 years old he just reeled off the last 5 winners of the Super Bowl. He sneaks downstairs every morning while his dad at 6-7am reads multiple papers and has different books going on two kindles and pops out the the IPad too. They eat together silently, with this grandson bustling through whatever book is of the moment. I did have a private bookstore tell me to not do Harry Potter for him last year when he was in first, but somehow he did breeze through one.

I am bringing him up to see if anyone has any male book choices.