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Van Hise Library! : Book Bowl & Battle of the Books

4th Grade Titles




The One and Only Ivan Book Review



Inspired by the true story of a gorilla who spent 30 years alone in a cage at an indoor zoo in a mall, this beautiful book imagines what that gorilla might have felt and said about his life. Ivan does not dwell on his memories as does his friend Stella, an elderly elephant in the cage next door.

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Loser on Apple Books


Loser is a coming of age young adult novel first published in 2002 by American author Jerry Spinelli. It details the growth of Donald Zinkoff, who is branded a "loser" by his classmates due to his clumsiness, poor performance in school and athletics, and sometimes clueless enthusiasm.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein, is the story of an eccentric billionaire named Luigi Lemoncello and his plan to share his love of libraries with the children of Alexandriaville. Lemoncello gives a great deal of money to have the former Gold Leaf Bank renovated as the town's new library.