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Summer Reading 2018 Grades 3 & 4
Handpicked and reviewed by our staff for 2018 summer reading! Click on the cover images for more information.

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

What does being brave really mean? When Genie spends the summer in the country with his grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.


All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Heartwarming graphic novel about fitting in. Impy loves her family and Renaissance Faires but when she starts middle school, she discovers that not everyone thinks this is cool.


Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Spies, soldiers and scientists. The exciting history behind the race to make the atomic bomb.


The Courage Test by James Preller

A great combination of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery. A father and son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail, braving cliffs, rapids and bears.


Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Mysteries abound at Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, and Milo, the innkeeper’s adopted son, and Meddy, the cook's daughter, set out to solve them.


The Inquisitor’s Tale by Alan Gidwitz

Exciting and fantastical story of three children and a loyal dog, recently raised from the dead, who join forces on a chase through medieval France to escape persecution.


The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary School by Laura Shoven

A story told in verse about finding your voice and being heard. The graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary wants to save their school from being torn down.


A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Gerta and her family have been split up in the division of Berlin, into Western and Communist sides.  Gerta wants to reunite her family, but to change sides could mean death.


Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal

Thrilling adventure, with mysteries, secret codes, and a touch of magic. Jack learns that his missing father is a  clandestine government detective and that he is destined to be one too.


Restart by Gordon Korman

Full of humor and heart. When Chase loses his memory, he learns who he was through the reactions of the other kids in school-- and he doesn’t like it. Can he restart his life?


Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Authentic novel about unlikely friendships and taking control. Super smart Ravi and struggling Joe are brought together by a common enemy, the class bully.


See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Funny and moving. Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski and his over-sensitive dog, Carl Sagan, set out on a road trip, recording it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space.


Timeless by Armand Baltazar

Fantasy adventure with stunning artwork. In a world where past, present, and future have collided, Diego must rescue his father from evil renegades who threaten their existence.


Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Captures the social awkwardness of middle school. Gracie and Emmett try to help their shy friends, Sienna and A. J. by writing texts on their behalf.


Guts & Glory series by Ben Thompson

Kid-recommended non-fiction reads for history buffs! Vikings, World War II, Civil War and more!



The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Nature and technology collide! Sequel to Wild Robot, which is now in paperback. Can Roz survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to the island?


Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

The Newbery Medal 2018 winner is a thoughtful tale about sensitive kids. The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands one of them at the bottom of a well.


Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

This summer’s One Book One Denver is the funny and inspiring story of a girl with no arms and a boy who can’t control his speech who join to solve a mystery at a Wild West theme park.


Refugee by Alan Gratz

Timely, action-packed book about survival, and finding home. The interconnecting stories of three refugees, one from 1930s Nazi Germany; one from 1994 Cuba; and one from Syria in 2015.


Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Moving and sensitive story  about the meaning of family. A twelve-year-old orphan, who was set adrift on the ocean as a newborn, embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history.