These are ten outstanding novels I recommend to 4th-6th graders.  These might be a great place to start your summer reading!

1. The Hobbit, by J.J.R. Tolkein. It was all peaceful for Mr. Baggins a Hobbit, until he was invited on an extraordinary adventure with 13 dwarfs from under the mountain trying to take back their home of jewels and riches from Smaug the dragon.

2. Redwall, by Brian Jaques. Matthias is a young, strong mouse whose goal is to take back Martain the warrior’s sword, but the fierce rat Cluny keeps obstructing his path to accomplishing his goal.

3.  Red Cap, by G. Clifton Wisler. War is what brings Ransom Powell to the gates of the death prison of Andersonville, where 45,000 men struggle to survive.

4. The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.

5.  The Voyage of the Dawn Threader, by C.S. Lewis.

6. 39 Clues, by Rick Riordan. Amy and Dan Cahill are faced whith a choice either to take $1,000,000 or one clue.

7. The Westing Game

8.  A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle. Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace go on a adventure in space in hopes to find their father.

9.  The Calder Game, by Blue Balliet  In this mysterious  novel, a boy named Calder goes missing in a maze so his friends who can’t stand each other must work together to find their friend.

10. Hatchet, by Gary Paulson.  This book was about a teenager  named Brian who survived a plane crash; I liked how Brian is maturing while surviving throughout the novel in a strange way.