Author: Cynthia Lord
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 780

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.

Pages: 200


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When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the SeaWhen the Sea Turned to Silver
Author: Grace Lin
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 750

Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother—before it’s too late.

Pages: 370

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Author: Katherine Applegate
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 540

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Pages: 245

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Firefly Hollow

Firefly HollowFirefly Hollow
Author: Alison McGhee
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 690

Because their dreams of daring adventures go against the cautious teachings of their nations, Firefly and Cricket set out on their own, find a home with kindly Vole, and together help a grieving “miniature giant” named Peter.

Pages: 291

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I Survived, True Stories: Tornado Terror

I SurvivedI Survived, True Stories: Tornado Terror
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 870

From 11-year-old Bennett Satterlee and his brother Ethan who survived the 2011 Joplin Tornado, to an experienced skier in Alaska who was caught underneath the weight of a terrible avalanche, to 14-year-old Ariel Creamer whose home was right in the path of Hurricane Sandy, this is a collection of unforgettable narrative non-fiction stories of unimaginable destruction—and, against all odds, survival.

Pages: 170

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Roller Girl

Roller GirlRoller Girl
Author: Victoria Jamieson
Grade(s): 4; 5
Lexile: 440

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

Pages: 440
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Lower School Assignments

Grades 4–5 Summer Reading Assignment
Over the summer, we want you to read something you’ll enjoy. Our book lists include many titles recommended by teachers and librarians, including several books that have won awards!

You may choose to read up a level but not down. (For example, an incoming 4th grader may read books at the 4th grade level or higher.)

Click here for more information on your summer reading assignment. The document also contains a printable graphic organizer to help you take notes as you read.

Learn more about books you may like to read by clicking the link for your grade below.
Grade 4 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 4 printable book list
Grade 5 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 5 printable book list

JK–3 Summer Reading Option
Students entering JK–3rd grade can join the reading fun, too! Click here for more information on the reading option.

If you have questions about the summer reading program, contact the Help Desk at (954) 262-4527.