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A Primary 4 Reading List, Shared By A St. Margaret’s Mum

What are your children reading this year? Below, a Primary 4 mother has shared her daughter’s favourite adventure stories with us, with a good mix of international and local titles.

Last year, we also had an MGS mother recommend books that her then-12 year old enjoyed, and we would love to hear from more parents. If you would like to tell us what your child is reading too, please leave a note in the comments!

P4 reading books

Keeper Of The Lost Cities (Series)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Award: California Young Reader Medal 2017

Synopsis: In the first book of this series (titled Keeper Of The Lost Cities), 12-year-old Sophie struggles with not fitting in at school, and with her family. The reason? She’s a telepath — someone who can read minds. But one day, she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy, who is a telepath too. He opens her eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

Recommended Age: 9+ 

Commonsense Media Rating: (Book 1) Mild warnings for violence and consumerism. 

Additional Info: The series currently consists of eight books. See the full list here

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Mount Emily (Series)

Author: Low Ying Ping

Awards: Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title, Singapore Book Awards 2017

Synopsis: In the first book of the series (titled Mount Emily), Patsy and her best friend Elena are digging around in their school’s backyard in search of an urban legend. They get more than they had bargained for — they are whisked back in time to 1987. Trapped in their mothers’ 13-year-old bodies, the duo race against the clock to hunt down the magical time crystal that got them in this mess. They must accomplish this before the evil Midnight Warriors find the crystal instead, and cause a time crisis that could destroy all of existence.

Recommended Age: 9+ 

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

Additional Info: The series currently consists of four books. See the full list here

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The Land Of Stories (Series)

Author: Chris Colfer

Award: N.A.

Synopsis: In Book 1, The Wishing Spell, Alex and Conner are twins who have received a treasured fairytale book from their grandmother. They have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairytales are real. Soon, they discover that the stories they know so well haven’t ended — Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?

Recommended Age: 8+ 

Commonsense Media Rating: Mild warnings for violence and language.

Additional Info: The series currently consists of six books. See the full list here

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Danger Dan And Gadget Girl (Series)

Author: Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

Award: 2nd Prize, English (Children) category, POPULAR Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 

Synopsis: Danny is hungry for adventure — anything to get him away from his three older sisters and running errands for his mum. He finds himself in a time-bending adventure of a lifetime with his smart sidekick, Melody, a mysterious girl from the future. With her help, Danger Dan manages to avert real-life disaster and save Singapore from ruin, time and again!

Recommended Age: 8+ 

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

Additional Info: See the full list of Danger Dan books here

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The Explorer

Author: Katherine Rundell

Awards: Children’s Book Prize, Costa Children’s Book Award 2017, 

London Book Fair Children’s Travel Book of the Year, Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal

Synopsis: From his seat in a tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon rainforest pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, and if only he could land and look about him. Unexpectedly, Fred’s wish is granted as his plane crashes into the canopy. He and three other children on board the plane may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. In the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival: water, shelter, and food. Do they wait for rescue, or find a way to rescue themselves?

Recommended Age: 10+

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

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Flora And Ulysses

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Award: Newbery Medal (2014)

Synopsis: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences: Ulysses the squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman is just the right person to save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses will be born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too.

Recommended Age: 8+

Commonsense Media Rating: Mild warning for violence. 

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Secret Coders (Series)

Author: Gene Luen Yang

Award: N.A. (The author has won awards, including the Eisner Award, for his other works.)

Synopsis: Secret Coders is a wildly entertaining series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot. Follow Hopper and her friend Eni as they use their wits and their growing prowess with coding to solve the many mysteries of Stately Academy.

Recommended Age: 8+

Commonsense Media Rating: Mild warning for violence. 

Additional Info: The series currently consists of six books. See the full list here

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Mr Stink

Author: David Walliams

Award: N.A. 

Synopsis: It all begins when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Recommended Age: 10+

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

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Kid Normal (Series)

Author: Greg James and Chris Smith

Award: Shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ Audiobook of The Year (2018)

Synopsis: Murph Cooper is just an ordinary boy. But when he gets enrolled in a school for kids with superpowers by mistake, it’s up to him to save the day…

Recommended Age: 9+

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

Additional Info: The series currently consists of three books. See the full list here

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The Treehouse Series

Author: Andy Griffiths

Award: Australian Book Industry Awards, Book Of The Year For Older Children (2012)

Synopsis: In the first book of the series (The 13-Storey Treehouse), Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.

Recommended Age: 8+

Commonsense Media Rating: Mild warning for violence. 

Additional Info: See the full list of Treehouse Series books here

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Nancy Drew Diaries (Series)

Author: Carolyn Keene

Award: N.A.

Synopsis: In the first book of the Nancy Drew Diaries series (Curse Of The Arctic Star), Nancy, Bess, and George are cruising dangerous waters on a tour of Alaska. Becca Wright, an old friend of Nancy’s, is the Assistant Cruise Director of the Arctic Star, a posh new ship. But Becca needs Nancy’s help when strange things keep happening aboard the opulent ocean liner: the swimming pool becomes a floating grave, a famous passenger is threatened, and even the seemingly innocent mini-golf course becomes a perilous playground. Nancy and company have to find out who’s trying to sabotage the maiden voyage and why.

Recommended Age: 8+

Commonsense Media Rating: N.A.

Additional Info: See the full list of Nancy Drew Diaries books here

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