Great Reads For Boys (Grades 2-4)

Angleberger, Tom.  Inspector Flytrap.  J FIC Angleberger
Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate “big deal” mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Aureliani, Franco.  Dino-Mike and the T-Rex Attack.  JPB A
Michael Evans is in Montana on a dinosaur dig with his paleontologist father, but he certainly never expected to find a live Tyrannosaurus Rex plucked out of its own time and looking for dinner, nor encounter a girl with some very advanced technology trying to trap the beast.

Birney, Betty G.  Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day.  J FIC Birney  (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales SERIES)
When Mandy, one of the students from classroom 26, brings a special hamster-sized race car to class, it means just one thing–Humphrey is going to be in a hamster race.

Brown, Jeff.  The Mount Rushmore Calamity.  JPB B  (Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures)
Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mount Rushmore.

Chabert, Jack.  The School is Alive!  JPB C  (Eerie Elementary SERIES)
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them–but he will need some help from his friends.  SEQUELS: The Locker Ate Lucky! (2014) & Recess is a Jungle (2016).

Dixon. Franklin W.  Trouble at the Arcade.  JPB D  (Hardy Boys Secret Files)
Young Frank and Joe compete against each other in the Fun World arcade’s video game tournament, but when money is stolen from the arcade and the owner stops the tournament until it can be found, they team up to solve the mystery.  SEQUELS: Over 15!

Griffin, Adele.  Oona Finds An Egg.  J FIC Griffin
Oona finds a giant egg and brings it back to West Wog to care for it, and see what hatches–but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with.

Henkes, Kevin.  The Year of Billy Miller.  J FIC Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

Kirby, Stan.  Captain Awesome to the Rescue.  J FIC Kirby  (SERIES)
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

Lacey, Josh.  The Dragonsitter.  J FIC Lacey  (SERIES)
Disaster ensues when Eddie is asked to care for his uncle’s pet dragon while the latter takes a week-long vacation.

Pennypacker, Sara.  Waylon! One Awesome Thing!  J FIC Pennypacker
Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

Urban, Linda.  Weekends with Max and His Dad.  J FIC Urban
Third-grader Max pursues neighborhood adventures with his dad as they both adjust to recent changes in their family.

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