James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl ames Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure.
An excellent example of historical fiction for children, this book explores the Nashville sit-ins during the Civil RIghts Movement. I highly recommend the series, Scraps of Time. The reading level is approximately 3rd to 4th grade.