This is a Chapter book set in the south about a young girl living with her father. She moves to a new town, adopts a stray dog, and finds some friends. This story might make your students cry, so be wary and ready to wipe some tears! This is the first chapter book I ever remember reading and it is one of my all time favorites. Fountas & Pinnell levels this as an R which again, is a 4th grade level. This book includes mature themes such as family problems and death.
As an activity, I think it would be a great idea to make a Ghost Tree just like in the book. But on the bottles (obviously paper cut into bottle shapes) and the students can each write one thing they regret and wish they could take back or change. It sounds sad, but I think it is good for students to reflect and grow.