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When a member on T2T posted a message that she had a children's literature list geared for fourth through eighth grade, she was overwhelmed with requests for copies! Rather than have her spend so much time hitting the "send" key, we are pleased to present the entire list for all to use.

Alder, The King's Shadow
Alexander, The Black Cauldron
Babbit, Tuck Everlasting
Baum, The Wizard of Oz
Baylor, When Clay Sings
Blos, A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal
Blume, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Brink, Caddie Woodlawn
Brooks, The Moves Make the Man
Burnett, The Secret Garden
Burnford, The Incredible Journey
Byars, The Cybil War
Byars, The Summer of the Swans
Christopher, The White Mountains
Clark, Secret of the Andes
Cleary, Ramona and Her Father
Cleary, Dear Mr. Henshaw
Cleary, Runaway Ralph
Collier, Jump Ship to Freedom
Cooper, Over Sea, Under Stone
Creech, Chasing Redbird
Creech, Walk Two Moons
Curtis, The Watson's Go To Birmingham
Cushman, The Midwife's Apprentice
Cushman, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy
Dalgliesh, The Courage of Sarah Noble
De Trevino, I, Juan de Pareja
DeAngeli, The Door in the Wall
Enright, Thimble Summer
Fenner, Yolanda's Genius
Fleischman, The Boring Room
Forbes, Johnny Tremain
Fox, The Slave Dancer
Fox, One-Eyed Cat
Freedman, Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
Freedman, Lincoln: A Photobiography
Freedman, The Life and Death of Crazy Horse
Fritz, Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
Fritz, The Double Life of Pocahontas
Fritz, Stonewall
Fritz, Homesick: My Own Story
George, Julie of the Wolves
George, The Cry of the Crow
George, My Side of the Mountain
Goble, Star Boy
Gray, Adam of the Road
Greene, Beat the Turtle Drum
Hamilton, M.C. Higgins, The Great
Hamilton, Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
Hamilton, The Mystery of Drear House
Hamilton, Cousins
Hamilton, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Hamilton, The House of Dies Drear
Hamilton, Zeely
Henry, King of the Wind
Hesse, Letters from Rifka
Hesse, The Music of the Dolphins
Highwater, Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey
Hobbs, Bearstone
Hughes, The Dream Keeper
Hunt, Up the Road Slowly
Hunt, Across Five Aprils
Keith, Rifles for Watie
Kerr, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Konigsburg, The View From Saturday
Konigsburg, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth
Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Kroeber, Ishi: The Last of His Tribe
Krumgold,.....And Now Miguel
L'Engle, A Wind in the Door
L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
Lawson, Rabbit Hill
LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea
Levine, Ella Enchanted
Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Lowry, The Giver
Lowry, Anastasia Krupnik
Lowry, Number the Stars
MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind
MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall
Meltzer, Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust
Monjo, The Drinking Gourd
Murphy, The Long Road to Gettysburg
Murphy, A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
Myers, Somewhere in the Darkness
Myers, Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Naylor, Shiloh
Naylor, Shiloh Season
Neville, It's Like This, Cat
Norton, The Borrowers
O'Brian, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
O'Dell, Sing Down the Moon
O'Dell, Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
O'Neill, Hailstones and Halibut Bones
Paterson, The Great Gilly Hopkins
Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
Paterson, Parks Quest
Paulsen, Hatchet
Paulsen, Dogsong
Paulsen, The Winter Room
Paulsen, Woodsong
Paulsen, Dancing Carl
Paulsen, Voyage of the Frog
Raskin, The Westing Game
Reiss, The Upstairs Room
Rylant, Missing May
Silverstein, A Light in the Attic
Snyder, The Egypt Game
Sota, Baseball in April and Other Stories
Soto, Taking Sides
Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Speare, Calico Captive
Speare, The Bronze Bow
Speare, The Sign of the Beaver
Sperry, Call it Courage
Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Taylor, Let the Circle be Unbroken
Uchida, Journey to Topaz
Voigt, Dicey's Song
White, Charlotte's Web
Willard, A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
Wojciechowska, Shadow of a Bull
Yep, The Rainbow People



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