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Year 4 Reading Suggestions 


How to Train Your Parents by Pete Johnson 


Moving to a new area and a new school, Louis is horrified to discover his parents changing into ultra-competitive parents, wanting him and his younger brother to get straight As at school and join all sorts of after-school clubs and activities like the other kids in the area.


Suddenly Louis's life is no longer his own - until he meets Maddy, who claims to have trained her parents to ignore her- But does Louis really want to be ignored? 





Fortunately the Milk... By Neil Gaiman 


You know what it's like when your mum goes away on a business trip and  Dad's in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he's got  to do. And the most important thing is DON'T FORGET TO GET THE MILK.  Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he  has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him  a very, very long time to get back. Featuring: Professor Steg (a  time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the  Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires and a  perfectly normal but very important carton of milk. 




Pongwiffy and the Spellovision Song Contest by Kaye Umansky


Spellovision - magical television - has reached Witchway Wood. Nobody wants to do anything any more - Ghouls, Skeletons, Gnomes, Zombies, Wizards and Witches are all addicted to the latest TV shows. Everybody except Pongwiffy that is, who can't believe how the excitement level in Witchway Wood has gone down since Spellovision arrived. But then Pongwiffy has a brilliant idea to spice things up - a Spellovision Song Contest! Let the competition commence A laugh-out-loud story that is witty and clever, enticingly mixed in with much sludge, slime and very bad habits.





Bad Dad by David Walliams 


Frank's dad was a champion banger racer, King of the Track. Gilbert the Great! But, when a terrible accident sees him go from hero to zero, Frank and Gilbert are left with nothing and in the grips of a wicked crime boss and his henchmen.

And, when Gilbert is thrown in prison, only Frank can come to his rescue...






Worse Things Happen at Sea! by Alan Snow


The people of Ratbridge are going crazy for the amazing miracle medicine, Black Jollop. But disaster strikes when it looks as though the powerful pick-me-up is running out! It's up to Arthur and his friends on board the Nautical Laundry to journey afar to gather the secret ingredient. 








The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson 


Freddie Yates loves facts. A fact can't leave you and no one can take it away. But when he learns the surprising fact that his biological dad might be living in Wales, Freddy and his best friends sneak off to find him, unwittingly causing a chain of 'miraculous' events involving an onion-eating contest, superhero scarecrows and life-saving sheep.



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The Parent Agency by David Baddiel 


Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'. But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children. That's far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents. For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple...


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The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo


'All my life I'll think you you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you.' Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.


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The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.




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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton 


A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take long. But their journey doesn't quite go to plan...Faced with turbulent storms, a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of a very dangerous sandwich, the odds are against our unlikely heroes. Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle? 





Goblins by Philip Reeve 


The squabbling goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, boglins, swamp monsters, tree-warriors and bloodthirsty goblins are swept into a fabulous magical conflict to thrill all fantasy fans.



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