Mystery books for fourth graders

Can a young monster-movie buff solve a real-life mystery? Find out in one of these 3 tomes.

By GreatSchools Staff

The Boy of a Thousand Faces

Boy of a Thousand Faces

The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick (Harper, 2000). $6.99.
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Ten-year-old Alonzo King is an expert about monster movies. He spends hours with Scotch tape and makeup trying to master his beloved monster faces in the mirror. When a mysterious beast is rumored to be stomping on flower beds and scratching up cars, Alonzo is called on for his monster expertise. 48 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Edgar & Ellen Under Town

Edgar & Ellen Under Town

Edgar & Ellen Under Town by Charles Ogden, illustrated by Rick Carton (Tricycle Press/Star Farm Productions, 2004). $9.95.
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The cover art on this book immediately draws children's attention. The concept of twins and the mystery of a prankster draw students into the story plot. 140 pages.

— Children's Choices



Framed by Frank Boyce (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2006). $6.99.
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The story is told by a young boy who is endearingly naive and who understands less than the reader about what is really going on. He is missing a parent and doing the best he can with his limited understanding to make things better for everyone. And his well-meaning but clueless actions change not only his family, but his town. Dylan lives with his sisters and parents, and is the only boy in a small, rainy town in Wales. They run a small garage, the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel, on the brink of insolvency. Dylan is obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as is Tom, the man who tried to rob them and whom they hire instead. Then a series of seemingly unrelated events starts to change things in their lives and community. 306 pages.

— Common Sense Media