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Title: Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction
Call Number F XXX 1st 3 letters of authors last
  • Books in the genre, realistic fiction tell
    stories about characters and experiences that
    could occur in our daily lives.

Alice BooksPhyllis Naylor
Alice experiences the joys and embarrassments of
seventh grade while advising her father and older
brother on their love lives.
As Ever, GordyMary Downing Hahn
Gordy is a painfully believable teen-ager--angry
with the very people who love him and trapped by
the town's knee-jerk judgment of his family.
Gordy seems destined for reform school until his
family and Elizabeth reveal how much they care
for him.
Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous JobWillo Davis
  • An ordinary sitting job turns into a nightmare
    for 13-year-old Darcy when kidnappers invade the
    house and carry off the children PW found this a
    mystery characterized by "electrifying suspense."

BABYPatricia MacLachlan
  • Taking care of a baby left with them at the end
    of the tourist season helps a family come to
    terms with the death of their own infant son.

BAT 6Virginia Wolff
  • In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one
    sixth-grade girls recount the story of an annual
    softball game, during which one girl's bigotry
    comes to the surface

Escaping the Giant Waveby Peg Kehret
  • An earthquake, followed by a tsunami, hits the
    Oregon coast where 13-year-old Kyle is
    vacationing with his family. His parents are out
    on a boat. Kyle must get his younger sister out
    of the burning hotel to safety by himself.

The Best Bad Thing Yoshiko Uchida
  • In this story there are many suprises. So if you
    would like to read a great, humorous, realistic,
    and surprising story, you should read The Best
    Bad Thing.

Bud, Not BuddyChristopher Paul Curtis
  • Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in
    Michigan escapes a bad foster home and sets out
    in search of the man he believes to be his
    father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway.

Come Sing, Jimmy JoKatherine Paterson
  • When his family becomes a successful country
    music group and makes him a featured singer,
    eleven-year-old James has to deal with big
    changes in all aspects of his life, even his

Freak the MightyRodman Philbrick
  • At the beginning of eighth grade, Max, who has a
    learning disability, and his new friend Freak,
    whose birth defect has affected his body but not
    his brilliant mind, find that when they combine
    forces they make a powerful team.

Kira-KiraCynthia Kadohata
  • Lynn and Kate have trouble adjusting when their
    parents move the family from Iowa to a small town
    in rural Georgia. They seldom see their parents,
    who have grueling jobs in chicken-processing
    plants. Then Lynn becomes deathly ill, and Katie
    is often left to care for her, a difficult and
    emotionally devastating

Silent to the BoneE.L. Konigsburg
Thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of
speech after being wrongly accused of gravely
injuring his baby half-sister, and only his
friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover
the truth about what happened.
Is Anybody There?Eve Bunting
  • After discovering the disappearance of several
    household items, Marcus, a thirteen-year-old
    latchkey child, suspects that a stranger may be
    prowling around inside his house while he's at
    school and his mother is at work.

Becoming Naomi LeonPam Munoz Ryan
  • When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim
    her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her
    great-grandmother and younger brother in search
    of her father.

WhirligigPaul Fleischman
  • While traveling to each corner of the country to
    build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose
    death he caused, sixteen-year-old Brian finds
    forgiveness and atonement

PinballsBetsy Byars
Three lonely foster children learn to care about
themselves and each other.
FrindleAndrew Clements
  • Nicholas is a bright boy who likes to make
    trouble at school, creatively. When he decides to
    torment his fifth-grade English teacher, Mrs.
    Granger (who is just as smart as he is), by
    getting everyone in the class to replace the word
    "pen" with "frindle," he unleashes a series of
    events that rapidly spins out of control.

Science Fiction
BluishVirginia Hamilton
  • Ten-year-old Dreenie feels both intrigued and
    frightened when she thinks about the girl
    nicknamed Bluish, whose leukemia is making her
    pale and causing her to use a wheelchair

Concerned that her grandmother may die, Cammy is
unprepared for the accidental death of another
Mick Harte Was HereBarbara Park
  • Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls the death of her
    younger brother Mick in a bicycle accident, which
    might not have been fatal had he been wearing his
    helmet, and how she and her family reacted to the
    tragedy. Closes with an appeal to bikers to wear
    protective bicycle helmets.

Brians WinterGary Paulsen
  • Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as
    in the author's book Hatchet, this story portrays
    what would have happened to Brian had he been
    forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with
    only his survival pack and hatchet.

Fourteen-year-old Manny, a street kid fighting
for survival in a Mexican border town, develops a
strange friendship with an emotionally disturbed
American soldier who decides to help him get
across the border.
The SkirtGary Soto
  • When Miata leaves her skirt that she is to wear
    in a dance performance on the school bus, she
    needs all her wits to get it back without her
    parents' finding out that she has again lost

One-Eyed CatPaula Fox
  • An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his
    new air rifle, subsequently suffers from guilt,
    and eventually assumes responsibility for it.

Monkey Island
Forced to live on the streets of New York after
his mother disappears from their hotel room,
eleven-year-old Clay is befriended by two men who
help him survive
What Jamie SawCarolyn Coman
  • Having fled to a family friend's hillside trailer
    after his mother's boyfriend tried to throw his
    baby sister against a wall, nine-year-old Jamie
    finds himself living an existence full of
    uncertainty and fear.

My Louisiana SkyKimberly Willis Holt
  • Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s,
    twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her
    feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother,
    her mentally slow parents, and her good friend
    and neighbor, Jesse.

During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town,
thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal
meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound
Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
Wake Me At MidnightBarthe de Clements
Wake Me At Midnight
  • Caitlin investigates some mysterious goings on in
    her neighborhood, such as who is digging in the
    neighbor's yard at midnight, why does Bones never
    have enough to eat, and what are the Dorman
    brothers storing in their locked toolshed.

6th Grade Can Really Kill You
Helen fears that lack of improvement in her
reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade
forever, until a good teacher recognizes her
reading problem.
FlippedWendelin Van Draanen
  • In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe
    how their feelings about themselves, each other,
    and their families have changed over the years.

Mystery series by this author
A Face FirstPriscilla Cummings
  • Twelve-year-old Kelley decides to cut off contact
    with her friends and classmates after suffering
    third-degree burns to her face and body in a car
    accident near her home on Maryland's Kent Island

Pictures of Hollis WoodsPatricia Reilly Giff
  • A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying
    with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers
    the only other time she was happy in a foster
    home, with a family that truly seemed to care
    about her.

The Skin Im InSharon Flake
  • Thirteen-year-old Maleeka Madison, insecure about
    her very dark skin, rejects the support of a new
    teacher, Miss Saunders, whose skin looks blotched
    because of a rare medical condition--but soon
    Maleeka begins to see that Miss Saunders could be
    a role model, and that she must learn to love
    herself and accept love from others.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the KeyJack Gantos
  • To the constant disappointment of his mother and
    his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention
    or controlling his mood swings when his
    prescription meds wear off and he starts getting
    worked up and acting wired.

Ruby HollerSharon Creech
  • Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and
    Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but
    their lives change forever when an eccentric but
    sweet older couple invites them each on an
    adventure, beginning in an almost magical place
    called Ruby Holler.

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