Every year 20 books are nominated by a committee of educators and librarians for the Rhode Island Children's Book Award.  These books are selected based on their appeal and literary value for children in grades 3-6.  In February, students who have read (or listened to) at least three of the books are allowed to vote for the winner! 

Mrs. Mann has selected 18 of this year's nominees to add to the Ashaway School library collection.  All fourth grade students are encouraged to read at least five of these 18 books.   Students need to answer a question about a book they’ve read (or listened to) in order to earn credit for it.  If they read at least five of the books, they will earn a spot on a team for the Ashaway School Rooster Games at the end of the school year!


Below you will find a list of the 18 books the Ashaway School 4th graders are being challenged to read.  If you click on a book's title you will be taken to a book trailer, or "book commercial", for that book.  Read the summaries, watch the trailers, and choose your books!



Sadie's Story by Christine Heppermann; Ronald Koertge; Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
When her two best friends take a vacation without her, nine-year-old Sadie meets a witch who takes her on a bird-watching adventure. Includes birding tips.



Ada's Violin by Susan Hood; Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
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Tells the true tale of an orchestra made up of children playing instruments built from recycled trash called the 'Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.



Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce (Illustrator); Moonbot (Illustrator)
"When a toy is bestowed with the title of "favorite," it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit"



Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel
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In Fortune Falls, a magical town where superstitions are real, and all children must pass regular "luck tests" to see if they are worthy, ill-fortuned Sadie has always been deemed as unlucky, and shunted aside for her luckier younger brother--but when she finds an unusually intelligent black cat named Jinx, her fortunes begin to change for the better.




The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing
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"Charles just moved to Echo City, and some of his new neighbors give him the creeps. They sneak into his room, steal his toys, and occasionally, they try to eat him. The place is teeming with monsters! Lucky for Charles, Echo City has Margo Maloo, monster mediator. No matter who's causing trouble, Margo knows exactly what to do--the neighborhood kids say monsters are afraid of her. It's a good thing, because Echo City's trolls, ogres, and ghosts all have one thing in common: they don't like Charles very much."



Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo
"...two siblings and a friend [try] to find a new family and a home after the Great Chicago Fire"



Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman
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When Charlie's older brother Joe is called up in 1942, Charlie learns about the tedium and dangers of war through Joe's letters--and his brother's bravery in dealing with a spy as D-Day approaches, finally gives Charlie the strength to stand up to the local bully.



Framed! by James Ponti
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Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director's speed dial and several international criminals' most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series.
So you're only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help…What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country?
If you're Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both.




I Dissent by Debbie Levy; Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
Text and illustrations look at the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg the second woman justice named to the United States Supreme Court.



The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson
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Sam (a puzzle master) and Martina (a history whiz) become involved in a dangerous quest to find seven keys left behind by Benjamin Franklin and a secret society of descendants, which, when gathered together, unlock a powerful weapon, so the middle schoolers must solve the puzzles, find the artifacts before the bad guy does, and save the nation.



The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
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"A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket"-



The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle; Colin Jack (Illustrator)
"Eleven-year-old Cal must convince his lovably wacky family to compete in a contest where the winners are granted twenty minutes to grab anything from King Wonder's world-famous shop"-



Mo'Ne - Remember My Name by Mo'ne Davis; TBD Staff
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This is a biography of Mo'Ne Davis.



Wet Cement by Bob Raczka
Presents a collection of concrete poems, where words and letters are arranged in the shapes of the things they are written about, such as the first flight of the Wright Brothers, a coat hanger, a clock face, and a xylophone.


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown 
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Robot Roz "wakes up" on a wild island with no memory of how she got there, who built her, and what her function in life is. Slowly befriending the island's hostile animal inhabitants, Roz learns to adapt to her surroundings--until one day her mysterious past comes to haunt her.


Wish by Barbara O'Connor 
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"A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are"-

Whoosh! by Chris Barton; Don Tate (Illustrator) 
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A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.

Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban; Katie Kath (Illustrator) 
Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.







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