"Tuck Everlasting," Pippi Longstocking," "My Father's Dragon" and "The Phantom Tollbooth" are all chapter books recommended for third grade readers. Because reading skills vary at third grade level, books are different lengths and difficulty levels.
Natalie Babbitt's "Tuck Everlasting" is a 40-page book that tells the story of a girl named Winnie Foster whose family owns a spring. Winnie meets the Tuck family and learns they have gained immortality through drinking from the spring. Winnie must choose whether to drink from the spring and go away with the Tucks or to live a normal life.
Astrid Lindgren's "Pippi Longstocking" is a 160-page story about the adventures of an orphan living alone in a house. The lead character befriends neighbors Tommy and Annika, and the story follows the many exploits of Pippi and her friends. Although the townspeople try to intervene and remove Pippi to a children's home, she proves herself so self-sufficient, warm and friendly that she is allowed to stay in her own house.
"My Father's Dragon" by Ruth Stiles Gannett tells the story of Elmer Elevator's quest to rescue an exploited baby dragon. Elmer packs his knapsack and heads for Wild Island to save the flying dragon. This 96-page book is the first in a trilogy and a Newbury Honor Book.
Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" tells the story of 10-year-old Milo. Milo is bored with everything. One day, Milo discovers a toy tollbooth in his room. When he assembles the booth and drives his toy car through it, he is taken to magical lands. The lands have themes such as numbers and words, and Milo soon makes friends on his visits. The adventures through the tollbooth teach Milo to appreciate ordinary things.