Grades 4 to 6 August 2016 Picks
Best Books for 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade August Picks


There are so many great fourth, fifth and sixth grade books out this month!  Be sure to take a look at Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm, historical fiction writer extraordinaire.  Moo by Sharon Creech is sure to be a bovine friendship delight.  Plus, Applesauce Weather looks to be a warm family joy.

Now’s a perfect time to start stocking up on books for those reading requirements in school.  With a pile of awesome books to look forward to, even assigned reading can be a blast.  (Trust me on this one.  Let us say that studying youth literature for library school isn’t awful. laugh)  Enjoy!!

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Full of Beans
by Jennifer L. Holm
published August 30, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.


Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away,...READ MORE

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Makoons (Birchbark House Book 5)
by Louise Erdrich
published August 9, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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In the sequel to Chickadee, acclaimed author Louise Erdrich continues her award-winning Birchbark House series with the story of an Ojibwe family in nineteenth-century America.

Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory. There...READ MORE

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by Sharon Creech
published August 30, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old...READ MORE

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Not As We Know It
by Tom Avery
published August 23, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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For fans of David Almond’s Skellig and Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, here is a lyrical, atmospheric, and deeply emotional middle-grade novel with a touch of magical realism. 
Twins Jamie and Ned do everything together, from watching their favorite show, Star Trek, to riding their bikes, to beachcombing after a storm. But Ned is sick...READ MORE

The Left-Handed Fate
The Left-Handed Fate
by Kate Milford
illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
published August 23, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Return to Nagspeake for a new fantasy adventure from the bestselling author of National Book Award nominee Greenglass House.

Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission: find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine they believe can stop the endless war raging between their home country of...READ MORE

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Hundred Percent
by Karen Romano Young
published August 9, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. In this novel, equal parts funny and crushing, utterly honest and perfect for boys and girls alike, Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname—Tink—which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong...READ MORE

A Boy Named Queen
by Sara Cassidy
published August 9, 2016
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Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos.

How will the class react? How will...READ MORE

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Friday Barnes Under Suspicion
by R.A. Spratt
illustrated by Phil Gosier
published August 9, 2016

Friday Barnes, girl detective, is... under arrest?!

Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s...READ MORE

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Maxi's Secrets: (or what you can learn from a dog)
by Lynn Plourde
published August 23, 2016

When a BIG, lovable, does-it-her-way dog wiggles her way into the heart of a loudmouth pipsqueak of a boy, wonderful things happen that help him become a bigger, better person. With its diverse cast, authentic narrator, and perfect blend of spot-on middle-grade humor, drama, and wisdom, this powerful debut is...READ MORE

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Applesauce Weather
by Helen Frost
illustrated by Amy June Bates
published August 9, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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In a touching poetic novel, a fall apple ritual—along with some inventive storytelling—brings a family together as they grieve the loss of a beloved family member.

When the first apple falls from the tree, Faith and Peter know that it’s applesauce weather, even though Peter is getting a little...READ MORE

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The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase (Candymakers Book 2)
by Wendy Mass
published August 2, 2016

The highly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Candymakers by beloved author Wendy Mass


It has been a few months since the nationwide New Candy Contest, and Logan, Miles, Philip, and Daisy have returned to their regular lives. But when the winning candy bar comes down the conveyor belt at...READ MORE

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