Grades 3-4 Summer Book Club Reading List

Please have your student read the book and and ready to discuss it by the date listed.  Meetings will likely continue to be on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.  

Groups will be led by Darcy Scott,  The number in parentheses shows how many copies the library has available to lend.

Please sign up at for each week that you plan to attend, so we can plan adequate space for indoor meetings.

  • Week 1-July 13th: “Dogs on the job! : True stories of phenomenal dogs “/ Christopher Farran  116 pgs. (16 copies) A collection of true stories of animals that work for a living, including Alaskan sled dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, and canine movie stars.  This week’s meeting location is at Heritage Park at the picnic tables by the Nature Center (left turn after entering the park).
  • Week 2-July 20th: “Abraham’s battle : a novel of Gettysburg” / by Sara Harrell Banks. 96 pgs. (8 copies) In 1863, as the Civil War approaches his home in Gettysburg and he realizes that a big battle is about to begin, a freed slave named Abraham decides to join the ambulance corps of the Union Army.
  • Week 3- July 27th: “From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler “/ E.L. Konigsburg  162 pgs. (7 +2 copies [1st ed.]) Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
  • Week 4-Aug. 3rd:  “The Year of Miss Agnes” /by Kirkpatrick Hill 115 pgs. (17 copies) Frederika (Fred), the 10-year-old narrator, discovers that unlike previous teachers, Miss Agnes is different. Miss Agnes immediately packs away the old textbooks, hangs up the children’s brightly colored artwork, plays opera music, and reads them Robin Hood and Greek myths. She teaches them about their land and their culture, tutors both students and parents in her cabin in the evening, and even learns sign language along with her students so that Fred’s deaf sister can attend school.
  • Week 5-Aug. 10th:  “The Summer of Riley” / by Eve Bunting 170 pgs. (13 copies) Shortly after he gets the perfect dog, Riley, eleven-year-old William must fight for his dog’s life after Riley is taken away because he chases and injures an elderly neighbor’s old horse.
  • Week 6-Aug. 17th: “The Boys Start the War” / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 133 pgs. (5 copies + 1) Disgusted that a family with three girls moves into the house across the river, nine-year-old Wally and his three brothers declare a practical joke war on the girls.  HILARIOUS!!!  1st in a series of 12 (Chronological).
  • Week 7-Aug. 24th: “White Star : a dog on the Titanic” / by Marty Crisp  150 pgs. (9 copies) Sam Harris is on the voyage of a lifetime, traveling to New York on the Titanic. He has every luxury, but he only wants an Irish setter named White Star that belongs to the owner of the White Star Line. One freezing-cold night Sam is jolted out of his sleep by a loud noise. When he sees a huge iceberg from his porthole, he knows something is very, very wrong.
  • Week 8-Aug. 31st:  “Lunch money” / Andrew Clements 222 pgs. (18 copies [All checked out ’til about 8/13])  Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.

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