This optional book pack is for use with Level 4/5 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. In this level, your child will read the chosen books mainly independently for a total of 15 days for each genre. This is a Girl Interest Pack. Click here for the Boy Interest Pack. Each book on the list below has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it. Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child's reading level. If these books seem too difficult, we also have book packs for Level 2 and Level 3. If these books seem too easy, you may choose your own books, or off our Sample Book Ideas List. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level. Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.

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Book Pack: Level 4/5 Girl Interest Books


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Biography
The Captive Princess: A Story Based on the Life of Young Pocahontas,
by Wendy Lawton, Moody 2008

Reading Level: 5.3, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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As the great Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas enjoys both special privilege and responsibility within her family and her tribe. When Englishmen come to Powhatans' shores, Pocahontas is both curious and wary. As she works to bring peace and trust between the two sides, she is later betrayed. When Pocahontas learns to accept God's forgiveness, she learns how to forgive herself as well.

Especially suitable for girls ages 8 to 12, Wendy Lawton's Daughter's of the Faith series is well-researched with careful attention to historic details, including a glossary of terms. 150 pages.

Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs, by Rebecca Davis, BJU Press 2003
Reading Level: 4.0, List Price: $15.00
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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From a world of shadows came a young girl's bright dreams. From a woman saved by Jesus' love came the hymns of a thankful heart. From the pen of an admiring author comes the wonderful story of Fanny Crosby and the lives that she touched all over the world. Meet Fanny Crosby, the queen of gospel-singing in this Christian biography of a nineteenth-century blind woman who wrote more than 9,000 hymns in her lifetime! 15 chapters cover her life story, with illustrations in 107 pages.

Adventure
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan, Scholastic 1999
Reading Level: 4.5, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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Charlotte Parkhurst, known as Charley, spent most of her life masquerading as a man. Raised in an orphanage where she is the only girl, she is prevented from being adopted by the staff, who put her to work in the kitchen. Her love is to be with the horses and the elderly man who cares for them. Vern's tales of escaping slavery are the seeds of Charlotte's own desperate bid for freedom after her only other friend is adopted. Her knack with horses soon enables the disguised Charley to pursue her dream of driving a stagecoach. She does it so well that she is offered the opportunity to earn a livelihood in the California gold fields. Many trials arise, including the loss of sight in her left eye, but throughout, Charlotte remembers her friends, works hard and persistently, and fulfills her ambitions, culminating in her voting in a presidential election. The full-page, black-and-white pencil drawings are well rendered and enhance the straightforward text. 144 pages.

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffen,
Reading Level: 4.3, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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Someone is planning to kill GEORGE WASHINGTON. And young Phoebe Fraunces is trying to save his life. Disguised as Washington's housekeeper, Phoebe will work as a spy. She must listen and watch carefully and meet her father every day at the market to tell him what she has learned. One day when Phoebe goes to meet her father, he looks concerned. He tells Phoebe that Washington is planning to leave in a few days, and the person who is plotting against him will act before then. Phoebe is very frightened, but she is determined to save George Washington's life. She is running out of time, and she must figure out who is after Washington before it's too late ...

Fantasy
Little Pilgrim's Progress, by Helen Taylor, Moody 2006
Reading Level: 5.0, List Price: $10.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Invite your 9- to 12-year-olds to journey to the Celestial City---with this special version of Pilgrim's Progress adapted just for them! Featuring child-friendly vocabulary and simplified concepts for young readers, Taylor's abridgment leaves Bunyan's unforgettable story line intact. Now fresh illustrations bring the classic to life for contemporary "travelers". Divided into two parts, both Christian and Christiana's stories are included. Boys will read Christian's story, while girls will read Christiana's story. Note: The stories contain some vivid content. 256 pages, softcover from Moody. This book is also included in the 4/5 Boy Set.

Historical Fiction
Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, Scholastic 1991
Reading Level: 4.6, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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When her mother died, Laura went to live with an aunt and uncle in Virginia. Now she is back home, and she discovers that her brother and father are helping runaway slaves escape to Canada. Her house is a stopover on the underground railroad! Laura believes that anyone helping a fugitive slave is breaking the law. Then, she meets Martin Paige, a 12-year-old runaway slave who would rather die than be sent back to the south. Will Laura help him? 160 pages.
Mystery
The Doll People, by Ann Matthews Martin, Hyperion Book 2003
Reading Level: 4.1, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Annabelle Doll is 8 years old--and has been for over 100 years. Nothing much has changed in the dollhouse during that time, except for the fact that 45 years ago, Annabelle's Auntie Sarah disappeared from the dollhouse without a trace. After all this time, restless Annabelle is becoming more and more curious about her aunt's fate. And when she discovers Auntie Sarah's old diary, she becomes positively driven. Her cautious family tries to discourage her, but Annabelle won't be stopped, even though she risks Permanent Doll State, in which she could turn into a regular, nonliving doll. And when the "Real Pink Plastic" Funcraft family moves in next door, the Doll family's world is turned upside down--in more ways than one! 288 pages accompanied by numerous detailed pencil sketches. 288 pages.

Folk Tales
The Children's Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett, Simon & Schuster 1995
Reading Level: 4.8, List Price: $25.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world. The stories have been chosen especially to help introduce the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship. Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages. The Children's Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine. 112 pages with full- color illustrations.

Non Fiction
Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran, by Kenneth Thomasma, Baker Books 1983
Reading Level: 5.6, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Naya Nuki was the fastest runner in her village. When she and her friend Sacajawea are captured by another tribe, Naya Nuki starts looking for a chance to escape. One night she gathers her possessions and runs for her life. This is the story of her amazing 1000 mile journey to find her people. Captain Lewis records in his journal that on August 17, 1805 Sacajawea has an emotional reunion with her people and her childhood friend, Naya Nuki. This story for children ages 9 to 13 is packed with authentic information about Indian lore, survival skills, and the West before the white man. 176 pages.
Humor
The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright, Square Fish 2008
Reading Level: 5.4, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Meet the Melendys! The four Melendy children live with their father and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, in a worn but comfortable brownstone in New York City. There's thirteen-year-old Mona, who has decided to become an actress; twelve-year-old mischievous Rush; ten-and-a-half-year-old Randy, who loves to dance and paint; and thoughtful Oliver, who is just six. Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing, but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy's idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). If they pool their resources and take turns spending the whole amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own. Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember. Written more than half a century ago, The Saturdays unfolds with all the ripe details of a specific place and period but remains, just the same, a winning, timeless tale. 192 pages.
Realistic Fiction
Stormy, Misty's Foal, by Marguerite Henry, Aladdin 2007
Reading Level: 5.2, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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A raging storm slashes across Assateague and Chincoteague islands. Water is everywhere! The wild ponies and the people must battle for their lives. In the midst of the storm, Misty-the famous mare of Chincoteague-is about to give birth. Paul and Maureen are frantic with worry as the storm rages on... will Misty and her colt survive? This is the thrilling story of the hurricane that destroyed the wild herds of Assateague, and how strength and love helped rebuild them. 224 pages.