Great Reads for Kids 9 and Up (4th Grade)

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I feel like I am repeating myself but I must mention it again in case you haven’t visited my categories for younger kids.

Before you start exploring this list, check out the other categories for kids 7 and up, or 8 and up, and what my daughter read in earlier grades (My Daughter in 3rd Grade, My Daughter in 2nd Grade, My Daughter in 4th Grade). Different books may be listed under My Son in 3rd Grade and My Son in 4th Grade.

I place the books in the category that I think is closest to the earliest age the book can be read independently. Most of the books are in a wide age range and can be enjoyed by kids from 8 – 12. Your child will not feel s/he is reading something babyish. On the contrary, I am sometimes not sure if the books in my lists shouldn’t be placed in a higher age range. Definitely start there first. You could miss great books if you didn’t.

Important: Once my daughter or son read a book from this list, I place it on the list My Daughter in 4th Grade or My Son in 4th Grade and it is no longer here. For safer bets and the best books, check that list out as well.

I have most of the titles on my lists here but not grouped together based on the interest in a book or movie. The following lists might make it easier for you to choose.
“Frozen” Chapter Books: 10 Titles for Kids Who Love the Disney Movie
Reading Post Greg and Rodrick: What to Read After Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Fantasy Chapter Books for Harry Potter Fans

Because of Winn-Dixie My daughter brought home from the school library two months into 3rd grade (8 and 1/2) and did not finish it. She read about 50 pages. It may be that she is not mature enough to enjoy this book. I hope she will try it again in a year or two.
because of winn dixie

Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World A lot of people compare this book to Because of Winn-Dixie and like this one better.
Ida B

The One and Only Ivan
the one and only ivan

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda The series should be read in order.
the srange case of origami yoda

The Anybodies For a list of books in this series click here.
the anybodies

The Shadows Click here for a list of books in The Books of Elsewhere series.
the shadows

A Little Princess
a little princess

Diary of a Wimpy Kid For a list of books in this series click here.
diary of a wimpy kid

Rules My daughter listened to this book when she turned 8.
rules

The Chronicles of Prydain For reviews and a list of books in this series click here.
the chronicles of prydain

Into the Wild For a list of books in the Warriors series click here. The Warriors series continues in Warriors: Power of Three series and Warriors: Omen of the Stars series.
into the wild

By the Great Horn Spoon!
by the great horn spoon

The Secret Garden
the secret garden

The Wee Free Men  Somebody mentioned they read the Discworld series to their 4- and 7-year-old and they loved it. If you like it, check out the second book A Hat Full of Sky  and the third book called Wintersmith.
the wee free men

I Shall Wear Midnight
I shall wear midnight

The Tiger Rising
tiger rising

The View from Saturday
the view from saturday

Skellig
skelling

Million Dollar Shot For a list of books in this series click here.
million dollar shot

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe Read more reviews here.
the captains dog

Love That Dog 
love that dog

Touch Blue Read more reviews here.
touch blue

The Last Dragon More reviews can be found here.
the last dragon

Wonkenstein  (funny) For a list of books in The Creature from My Closet series click here.
wonkenstein

Kensuke’s Kingdom
kensuges kingdom

My Life as a Book  (funny) For a list of books in The My Life series click here.
my life as a book

Half a Chance Read more reviews here.
half a chance

Lone Wolf
lone wolf

Igraine the Brave (for girls)
igraine the brave

Lionboy Click here for the other books in the Lionbook Trilogy.
lionboy

Scumble
scumble

Where the Red Fern Grows
where the red fern grows

Bridge to Terabithia
bridge to terabithia

The Red Pyramid For a list of books in The Kane Chronicles series click here.
the red pyramid

Dear Mr. Henshaw
dear mr henshaw

Eggs Some one wrote: From my best estimate, the book reads at around a 3rd grade level, but deals with concepts more appropriate for 4th or 5th grade. Eggs does not have a “happily ever after” type conclusion, which would definitely appeal to some students.
eggs

Lily’s Crossing Read more reviews here.
lilis crossing

Gone-Away Lake For more reviews and the title of the sequel click here.
gone away lake

The Saturdays For a list of books in this series and more ratings click here.
saturdays

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place For a list of books in this series click here.
incorrigible children of ashton place

A Long Way From Chicago For a list of books in this series click here.
a long way from chicago

The Real Boy Read more reviews here.
the real boy

Eight Keys
eight keys

The Boy in the Dress Read more reviews here.
the boy in the dress

Maniac Magee
maniac magee

MR Stink See more ratings and reviews here. I read the book to my kids when they were 7 and 9.
MR Stink

The Boundless Read more reviews here
the boundless

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Read more reviews here.
granny torelli

The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story Other ghost stories can be found here.
doll in the garden

White Dolphin
white dolphin

A Season of Gifts
season of gifts

Magyk This book has a lot of great reviews so it is worth mentioning but I want to warn you that some people were disappointed in the lack of originality compared to Harry Potter and other fantasy books. You can find more reviews and a list of books in this series here. My son read it at the end of 5th grade and loved the whole series.
magyk

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot Perfect for girls and boys! For a list of other books in this series (I think it is planned as a trilogy) click here. (the audio book is supposed to be great)
the very honorable league of pirates

Detectives in Togas For other books in this series click here.
detectives in togas

Homer Price We listened to the audio book when my kids were 7 and 8.
homer price

Glory Be Read more reviews here.
glory be

A Tangle of Knots (maybe for 8-year-olds too)
a tangle of knots

David and the Phoenix My friend’s daughter read this book a few weeks ago and although it is a very nice book, one part is very sad–she cried a lot I heard. I would advise you to read the reviews first before giving this book to your child–it is not a tragic ending but not happy either.
david and the phoenix

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
a crooked kind of perfect

Heartbeat
heartbeat

Aru Shah and the End of Time

The Lost Heir For a list of books in The Gryphon Chronicles click here.

All’s Faire in Middle School

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II

The Door by the Staircase

Dragon Keeper

Firstborn

The Hypnotists

How Angel Peterson Got His Name

Blackbird Fly

The Clockwork Three

The Science of Breakable Things

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Robot

School of Fear For a list of books in this trilogy click here.
school of fear

The Call  For a list of books in The Magnificent 12 series click here.
the call

Turtle in Paradise
turtle in paradise

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop (not among the top books considering the number of reviews but probably still enjoyable)
the whizz pop chocolate

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things
mister max

The Thieves of Ostia For a list of books in The Roman Mysteries series click here.
the thieves of ostia

Saffy’s Angel For a list of books in the Casson Family series click here.
saffys angel

Wolf Story
wolf story

The Box of Delights Try to find this edition which is unabridged and has beautiful illustrations.
the box of delights

Handbook for Dragon Slayers
handbook for dragon slayers

Pi in the Sky
pi in the sky

All Four Stars
all four stars

The Abandoned
the abandoned

The Rescuers For a list of books in this series click here.
the rescuers

The Little White Horse
the little white horse

The Madman of Piney Woods
the madman of piney woods

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
the blossoming universe of violet diamond

Absolutely Almost (maybe not for everyone, read reviews first, but I’ve seen it mentioned several times and decided to put it on my list)
absolutely almost

Urchin of the Riding Stars (The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 1)
urchin of the riding stars

Jinx For a list of books in this series click here. My son read the series at the end of 2nd grade.
jinx

The Dragonet Prophecy For a list of books in the Wings of Fire series click here. My son read it at the end of 2nd grade.
wings of fire

Pollyanna
pollyanna

Dark Hills Divide  For a list of books in the Land of Elyon series click here.
dark hills divide

Drizzle
drizzle

The Secret of Zoom
the secret of zoom

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos For a list of books in this series click here.
theodosia

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Supposedly funny but we didn’t like it that much. We stopped listening to the audiobook after 40 minutes. I think that it also contains a lot of complicated vocabulary that kids may not understand without explanations)
timmy failure

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (graphic novel)
hereville

A Whole Nother Story For a list of books in this trilogy click here.
a whole nother story

Castle Hangnail
castle hangnail

Anyone but Ivy Pocket (for fans of Lemony Snicket)
anyone but ivy pocket

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
cornelia

The Map to Everywhere My son read it at the end of 2nd grade.
the map to everywhere

Ginger Pye
ginger pye

The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly
the keepers

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
unusual chickens

Of Giants and Ice  For a list of books in the The Ever Afters series click here.
of giants and ice

The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) (maybe not for everybody but based on the reviews probably worth being on this list if you want to take a break from more serious books)
the tapper twins

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day
Ms. Bixbys Last Day

The Best Man

The Best Man

Save Me a Seat
Save Me a Seat

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes My son read it in 3rd grade.
The Adventurers Guide to Successful Escapes

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
My SeventhGrade Life in Tights

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
Wait Till Helen Comes

Nightmares!
Nightmares

The Dollhouse Murders (Halloween read)
The Dollhouse Murders

DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles)
DragonSpell

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians  For a list of books in the Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series click here.
Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians

My Life in Pink & Green For a list of books in this series click here.
My Life in Pink Green

 

Books for 9- or 10-year-olds?

I am not sure about the right age for the following books. If you are not sure it is better to wait one more year before your child reads them.

Bone  (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
bone

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading (funny)For a list of books in the Charlie Joe Jackson Series click here. (funny)
charlie joe jaksons not reading

Masterpiece I read it to my kids when they were 7 and 9.
masterpiece

The Blackthorn Key For a list of books in this series click here.
The Blackthorn Key

The Thing About Jellyfish
The Thing About Jellyfish

Fuzzy Mud
Fuzzy Mud

Raymie Nightingale
Raymie Nightingale

The Mighty Miss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.(4th grade)
are you there god

Loser
loser

Book Scavenger My daughter read it at the beginning of 4th grade. For a list of books in this series click here.
book scavenger

The Menagerie For a list of books in this series click here. My son read this book in 3rd grade.
the menagerie

The Trials of Apollo For a list of books in this series click here.
The Trials of Apollo

The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide)
the demigod files

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
chronicles of harris

A House Called Awful End  (funny and silly) For a list of books in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy click here.
a house called aweful end

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
the witch of blackbird

Island of the Blue Dolphins
island of the blue dolphins

The Fourteenth Goldfish (reading level 8 and up but the themes resonate more with older kids). My daughter read it at the beginning of 5th grade.
the fourteenth goldfish

One Crazy Summer  Check out the sequels P.S. Be Eleven and  Gone Crazy in Alabama
one crazy summer

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Read more reviews here. My daughter read it at the end of 3rd grade.
sadako

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze Read more reviews here.
milo sticky notes

The Two Princesses of Bamarre (start with Ella Enchanted first)
two princesses of bamarre

Wonderstruck My daughter read it at the beginning of 4th grade.
wonderstruck

Inside Out and Back Again
inside out and back again

The Swiss Family Robinson
swiss family robinson

White Fang
white fang

Number the Stars My daughter read it in 3rd grade. My son as well.
number the stars

Ways To Live Forever
ways to live forever

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
sund and moon, ice and snow

Sugar and Ice
sugar and ice

Nightingale’s Nest
nightingales nest

A Wrinkle in Time I read the book with my kids when they were at the end of 3rd and 5th grade.
a wrinkle in time

The Luck Uglies For a list of books in this series click here.
the luck uglies

The Great Good Thing For a list of books in this series click here.
the great good thing

Pennyroyal Academy (a good read-aloud for kids 7 and up, we listened to the audio book in the car)
pennyroyal academy

The Humming Room  This book borrows its story line from “The Secret Garden” (Warning: read the reviews first—some people are not comfortable with the topics—see this review)
the humming room

Walls Within Walls
walls within walls

Journey to the River Sea
journey to the river sea

Mr. Tucket For a list of books in this series click here.
mr tucket

The War that Saved My Life I read this book to my kids when they were in 3rd and 5th grade and they loved it.
the war that saved my life

Tuck Everlasting This is a book I’d like my kids to read but I have read in several reviews that some kids appreciate it when they are slightly older so there is no hurry. This would be probably the lowest age I’d recommend the book to a child. (I read it to my kids when they were at the beginning of 4th and 6th grade)
tuck everlasting

The Eighth Day For a list of books in this series click here.
the eighth day

The Toothpaste Millionaire
the toothpaste millionaire

Walking with Miss Millie

The Seventh Most Important Thing

Pashmina

Lumberjanes

13 Treasures For a list of books in this series click here.

Willa of the Wood

Nowhere Boy

 

 

 

If you are still looking for more books, check out some reading lists for grades 3 & 4:

List 1

List 2

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