Reading Above

Books for 1st and 2nd graders reading at a 4th grade level

    • Peter and the Starcatchers
      Dave Barry

      Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

    • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
      Eric Berlin

      Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

    • The World According to Humphrey
      Betty G. Birney

      Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

    • The Secret Garden
      Frances Hodgson Burnett

      Ten-year old Mary come to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and mysteries of a lockedgarden.

    • Floors Series
      Patrick Carman

      Ten-year-old Leo's future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hiddenfloors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.

    • The Tale of Despereaux
      Kate Dicamillo

      The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

    • The Gollywhopper Games
      Jody Feldman

      Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.

    • Bunnicula
      James Howe

      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.

    • Swindle
      Gordon Korman

      After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.

    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
      C.S. Lewis

      Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

    • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
      Grace Lin

      Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountainand freshness to Jade River.

    • A Crooked Kind of Perfect
      Linda Urban

      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.