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Beginning Third Grade
Stories with Strong Main Characters

(Reading level varies)

Adler-  Andy Russell stories; Cam Jansen stories
Allison-  Gilda Joyce stories
Blume-  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Blume-  Double Fudge
Byng-  Molly Moon stories
Cameron- The Stories Julian Tells
Cleary-  Ramona Quimby books
Clements-  Frindle
Coerr-  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Conford-  Jenny Archer
Coville-  Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Curtis- Bud, Not Buddy
Dahl-  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Danny, the Champion of the World
Danziger-  Amber Brown stories
DiCamillo-  A Tiger Rising
Gantos-  Joey Pigza Swallows the Key
Greenberg-  The Zack files
Greene-  Owen Foote stories
Gutman-  The Kid Who Ran for President and other stories
Henkes-  Sun and Spoon
Kerrin-  Martin Bridge books
Kessler-  Emily Windsnap books
Kinney-  Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Kline-  Horrible Harry stories
Krulik-  Katie Kazoo stories

Lindgren-  Pippi Longstocking stories
Look-  Ruby Lu, Brave and True
MacDonald-  Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
MacHale- Pendragon series
MacLachlan- Arthur for the Very First Time; Sarah, Plain and Tall
Mazer- Amazing Days of Abby Hayes books
McDonald- Stink stories and Judy Moody stories
Parks- Junie B. Jones stories
Ryan- Riding Freedom
Sachar-  Marvin Redpost stories; Holes; Wayside School Stories
Sharmat- Nate the Great stories and Maggie Marmenstein stories
Sobol- Encyclopedia Brown stories
Spinelli- Wringer; Maniac McGee
Tarshis- Emma Jean Lazarus stories
Winkler- Hank Zipzer stories
Yep- The Cook’s Family

For Fluid Readers:
Any of the Dear America stories
Funke- Dragon Rider
Rawls- Where the Red Fern Grows
Riordan- Percy Jackson stories

September, 2009