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					                                                                                                     4th Grade Suggested Reading List
                                                                                                            Summer Reading Program
                                                                                                   Buckland Mills Elementary School
The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue developing their
independent reading skills over the summer.

          Participation is optional; students who choose to participate must read a minimum of 3 books.
          The following titles are suggestions for summer reading. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a
           parent/guardian and/or librarian are also acceptable.
          Record on a sheet of paper the title, author, publishing information, and an explanation of the general topic or plot of each book
           read. Publishing information will vary depending on the edition read and can be found on the title page and copyright page (ask a
           librarian if you need help). This record must include a parent or guardian statement that the student completed the readings.
          Students who participate in the Prince William County Public Library Summer Quest Program may use that documentation.
          Documentation should be returned to school the first week of school. Completion of the summer reading will be recorded for
           students by the end of the second week of school.
          Students in fourth grade will receive an A (100) for each book completed for a total of three. Extra credit will count for 10% of the
           student’s reading grade in the first marking period.

Call numbers with a * in front of them are on the 2009-10 Virginia Readers Choice list, a voluntary program in which Buckland Mills participates. Titles
are placed according to their VRC category-Primary (K-3) or Elementary (3-5). Their reading levels and maturity levels vary. Please read the
annotations to know if the book is appropriate for your child. BMES students who participate only need to read 4 books on the VRC list or have the book
read to them in order to vote in March.

                                                                    Lexile Levels

To help in choosing books that can promote reading growth, this year each child’s 2009 English SOL score will include a Lexile Level. The
Lexile Level is based on a student’s SOL score on the English portion of the SOL and approximates his/her reading level. This means a
child should be able to read and understand books in a Lexile range of approximately 100 points below to 50 points above the designated
score.

Knowing a child’s Lexile range can help to locate books that he/she might enjoy reading. Student interest and motivation for reading books
that are age appropriate are critical factors to consider as book choices are made. Remember that nothing replaces conversation with the
student, his teachers, and librarians in making great choices.

It is important to note that the Lexile measure does not address the content or quality of the book. Many other factors affect the relationship
between a reader and a book, including its content, the age and interests of the reader, and the design of the actual book. The Lexile
measure is a good starting point in the book-selection process, but parents should always consider these other factors when making a
decision about which book to choose.                                                                                 Page 1 of 9
                                                      Title                                      Lexile    Genre             PWPL
    Author
                        This list can be sorted by clicking on Table at the top, then Sort.                                  Call #
Blume, Judy       Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing                                                 470L    Realistic        J Fic Blume
                  Fourth-grader Peter Hatcher finds his demanding two-year-old brother an
                  ever-increasing problem.
Bowen, Fred       Any title by this local author such as Winner Takes All                         560L    Realistic        JPB B
                  When Kyle fakes a catch, his baseball team goes on to win the league
                  championship but Kyle doesn't feel good about winning by cheating.
                  Includes a section on the sportsmanship of Christy Mathewson, a pitcher
                  who played professional baseball in the early 1900s.
Bunting, Eve      The summer of Riley                                                             540L    Realistic        JPB Bun
                  Shortly after he gets the perfect dog, Riley, eleven-year-old William must
                  fight for his dog's life after Riley is taken away because he chases and
                  injures an elderly neighbor's old horse.
Christopher, Matt All-Star Fever                                                                  670L    Realistic        J Fic
                  Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to                                 Christopher
                  be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents' rules for
                  riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game.
Cleary, Beverly   Socks                                                                           890L    Realistic        J Fic Cleary
                  The happy home life of Socks, the cat, is disrupted by the addition of a
                  new baby to the household.
Clements,         Frindle                                                                         830L    Realistic        J Fic
Andrew            When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's love of the dictionary                                 Clements
                  around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of
                  events that quickly moves beyond his control.
Clements,         No Talking                                                                      820L    Realistic        *J Fic
Andrew            The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the                                    Clements
                  equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.
Cole, Joanna      The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane                                        AD500L   Nonfiction       J 551.552
                  A special field trip on the magic school bus allows Ms. Frizzle's class to                               Mag
                  experience a hurricane firsthand, from air, sea, and land.


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Colville, Bruce   My Teacher Fried My Brains                                                     750L     Science          JPB Cov
                  Seventh-grader Duncan must find out which of the four new teachers in                   Fiction
                  his school is an alien before his brains get fried to a pulp.
Dakos, Dali       Any poetry title such as If You’re Not Here, Raise Your Hand Please             NP      Poetry           J 811.54
                  An illustrated collection of poems about a variety of elementary school        (Non-                     Dak
                  experiences.                                                                   Prose)
Davies,           The Lemonade War                                                               630L     Realistic        *J Fic
Jacqueline        Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that                              Davies
                  they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer
                  approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be
                  the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips
                  for running a successful lemonade stand.
Dyer, Heather     The fish in room 11                                                            780L     Fantasy          J Fic Dyer
                  Toby, an orphan who has always lived in a hotel by the sea, finally finds
                  the love and support of a real family when he meets Eliza Flot, the
                  daughter of mermaid parents who are stranded under the dock.
Etra, Jonathan    Aliens for Breakfast                                                           420L     Science          J Fic Etra
                  Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the             Fiction
                  extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is
                  masquerading as a student in Richard's class.
FitzGerald,       Vinnie and Abraham                                                             880L     Biography        *J Bio
Dawn              Tells the story of Vinnie Ream, an aspiring artist living in Washington D.C.                             Ream
                  during the Civil War, who gained a reputation as a sculptor and succeeded
                  in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to sit for her--an honor that led
                  to her winning a government commission to create a statue of Lincoln
                  after his assassination.
Fleishman, Sid    Whipping Boy                                                                   570L     Historical       J Fic
                  A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they                                      Fleischman
                  inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous
                  outlaws.
Fleming,          Lowji Discovers America                                                        510L     Realistic        J Fic
Candace           A nine-year-old East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in suburban                              Fleming
                  America.
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Friedman, Laurie Mallory vs. Max                                                               620L     Realistic        *J Fic
                 Eight-year-old Mallory feels left out when her older brother, Max, gets a                               Friedman
                 dog that becomes the center of attention.
Fritz, Jean       Who's saying what in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?                               810L     History          J 975.502
                  A biography of Thomas Savage, one of the early colonists of Jamestown,                                 Fri
                  Virginia, who was sent to live among the Native Americans in order to
                  learn their language and become an interpreter.
Funke, Cornelia   Igraine the Brave                                                            900L     Fantasy          *J Fic
                  The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing                                   Funke
                  more than to be a knight; and when their castle is attacked by a
                  treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine
                  has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.
Gibbons, Gail     Galaxies, Galaxies!                                                          IG880L   Nonfiction       N/A
                  An illustrated introduction to galaxies, discussing their physical
                  characteristics and the methods used to observe them.
Giff, Patricia    Eleven                                                                       600L     Mystery          *J Fic Giff
Reilly            When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just
                  before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories and questions about
                  his past.
Greenfield,       Honey I Love                                                                  NP      Poetry           J 811.54
Eloise            A collection of sixteen poems that speak of love and the joys of everyday    (Non-                     Gre
                  life, as experienced by a child.                                             Prose)
Haddix, Margaret Say What?                                                                     740L     Realistic        J Fic
                 When their parents begin saying the wrong thing every time six-year-old                                 Haddix
                 Sukey and her older brothers misbehave, the children discover that it is a
                 plot and fight back with their own wrong phrases.
Hamilton,         The People Could Fly:American Black Folktales                                680L     Folktale         J 398.2
Virginia          Retold African-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural,                               Ham
                  and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in
                  hope.
Howe, Deborah     Any title from the Bunnicula series beginning with Bunnicula                 700L     Animal           J Fic Howe
and James         Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his
                  human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
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Jonell, Lynne    Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat                                       780L    Humor            *J Fic Jonell
                 When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being
                 drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in
                 frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible
                 to return things to normal.
Kassem, Lou      A Haunting in Williamsburg                                                  590L    Mystery          JPB Kas
                 Staying in Colonial Williamsburg in a former ancestorial house, Jayne
                 meets an old family ghost, Sally Custis, who begs Jayne to help her set
                 right a wrong done over 200 years ago.
King-Smith, Dick Babe: the Gallant Pig                                                       1040L   Animal           J Fic King-
                 A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is                                Smith
                 adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.
Look, Lenore     Ruby Lu, brave and true                                                     640L    Realistic        J Fic Look
                 "Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes
                 to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has
                 adventures with both old and new friends.
MacLachlan,      Arthur for the Very First Time                                              660L    Realistic        J Fic
Patricia         Arthur spends a summer with his unconventional aunt and uncle and                                    MacLachlan
                 begins to look at life, his family, and himself differently.
McCloskey,       Homer Price                                                                 1000L   Humor            J Fic
Robert           Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his                            McCloskey
                 pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the
                 rampage.
McGovern, Ann    The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson                            590L    Biography        J Bio
                 A brief biography of the woman who disguised herself as a man and                                    Gannett
                 joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
McKenna,         Fourth Grade Is a Jinx                                                      720L    Realistic        JPB M
Colleen          When fourth grader Collette sees her own mother take over the job of
                 teaching her class, life becomes more embarrassing and chaotic than she
                 can stand.
Mills, Claudia   7 X 9 = Trouble                                                             590L    Realistic        J Fic Mil
                 Third-grader Wilson struggles with his times-tables in order to beat the
                 class deadline.
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Nelson, Vaunda Mayfield Crossing                                                                720L   Realistic        J Fic
M.             When the school in Mayfield Crossing is closed, the students are sent to                                 Nelson
               larger schools, where the black children encounter racial prejudice for the
               first time. Only baseball seems a possibility for drawing people together.
Nixon, Joan       Any title from the Young Americans: Colonial Williamsburg series such         670L   Historical       J Fic Nixon
Lowery            as Ann’s Story                                                                       Fiction
                  In partnership with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation come authentic
                  novels set in the 18th century about actual people, places, and events in
                  this celebrated Virginia town.
Park, Barbara     Skinnybones                                                                   590L   Realistic        JPB Par
                  Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart,
                  make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.
Paton Walsh, Jill The Green Book                                                                980L   Science          JPB Pat
                  As their small stock of essential supplies dwindles, a group of refugees             Fiction
                  from Earth struggles to make their strange new planet provide life's
                  necessities.
Polacco, Patricia Pink and Say                                                                  590L   Historical       J Fic
                  Chronicles the frienship of Pink, a fifteen-year-old African-American Union          Fiction          Polacco
                  soldier, and Say, his poor white comrade, as one nurses the other back to
                  health from a battle wound and the two of them are imprisoned at
                  Andersonville. Based on a true story.
Rockwell,         How to eat fried worms                                                        650L   Realistic        J Fic
Thomas            Tells a story about a boy who sets out to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days                           Rockwell
                  in order to win a bet.
Sachar, Louis     Any title from the Wayside School series such as                              460L   Humor            J Fic
                  Sideways Stories from Wayside School                                                                  Sachar
                  Presents humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of
                  Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one
                  classroom on each story.




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Scieszka, Jon     Any book from the Time Warp Trio series such as                               610L   Science          J Fic
                  Summer Reading Is Killing Me!                                                        Fiction          Scieszka
                  The wacky trio, Joe, Jodie, and Anna, keeps warping in and out of
                  Brooklyn in these space-and-time, travel adventures. At the beginning of
                  summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their
                  summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters
                  from well-known children's books.
Sharpe, Susan     Trouble at Marsh Harbor                                                       720L   Mystery          J Fic
                  An environmental mystery set in Chesapeake Bay.                                                       Sharpe
Smith, Lane       John, Paul, George & Ben                                                      N/A    Historical       E Smi
                  A humorous look at the early lives of five founding fathers of the United            Fiction
                  States, including George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Ben
                  Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.
Sobol, Donald J. Any mystery in the Encyclopedia Brown series such as                           660L   Mystery          J M Sobol
                 Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
                 The ten-year-old detective continues his war on crime in Idaville through
                 ten more cases, for which the reader is invited to guess the solution before
                 it is revealed.
Spinelli, Jerry   Fourth Grade Rats                                                             340L   Realistic        J Fic
                  Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough                               Spinelli
                  guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.
St. George,       The Ghost, the White House, and Me                                            800L   Mystery          * J Fic
Judith            Shortly after their mother takes the office of president, KayKay Granger                              StGeorge
                  and her sister begin to suspect that Abraham Lincoln's ghost is haunting
                  the White House and begin to investigate.
Tripp, Valerie    Any title from American Girl such as Meet Felicity                            600L   Historical       J Fic
                  In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse            Fiction          American
                  who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.
Uhlberg, Myron    Dad, Jackie, and Me                                                           610L   Historical       * E Uhl
                  In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and                Fiction
                  tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball
                  and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson.

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Urban, Linda      A Crooked Kind of Perfect                                                      730L   Humor            *J Fic Urb
                  Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign
                  herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a
                  positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school
                  social life.
Varies            Any title from the My America series such as Five smooth stones                640L   Historical       Varies
                  In her diary, a young girl writes about her life and the events surrounding           Fiction
                  the beginning of the American Revolution in Philadelphia in 1776.
Wallace, Barbara The Twin in the Tavern                                                          910L   Historical       JM
                 A young orphan, afraid of being sent to the workhouse, finds himself at the            Fiction          Wallace
                 mercy of the unsavory owner of a tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, while he
                 tries to solve the mystery surrounding his past and a missing twin.
Whelan, Gloria    Friend on freedom river                                                        N/A    Historical       E Whe
                  The Winter of 1850 finds young Louis alone with his mother when his                   Fiction
                  father heads north for work, but when runaway slaves ask Louis for help
                  being ferryed across the Detroit River he wonders what his father would
                  do.




                                      Documentation form found on next page.




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                    Buckland Mills Elementary School
                            Summer Reading Record – 4th



Students in 4th Grade will receive an extra A for each book completed, for a total
of three. Please include the name of the author, the title of the book, and a parent
or guardian signature stating that the student has completed the reading.


               Book Title                                  Author
1.
2.
3.



My child has read the above books.



Parent or guardian signature


**Please note students may also participate in the Prince William County Public
Library Summer Quest Program, and the Public Library documentation will apply.

              Student’s Name                         Classroom Teacher




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