Category Archives: Realistic Fiction

Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Grades 4 & up Mattie and her friends are thrilled when they learn that the eighth grade play will be an unabridged version of Romeo & Juliet. Life would be great if she could figure out … Continue reading

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The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson Grades 4 & up Matty’s fear of germs is taking over his life. He knows that if they win, he will cause someone else to get sick and die. So he washes his hands … Continue reading

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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Grades 4 & up This story of four sixth graders is intertwined on the first day of summer. Virgil hates that his parents call him Turtle, even if he is very quiet. He is … Continue reading

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The Ethan I Was Before

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish Grades 4 & up Ethan is having trouble coping after a tragedy involving his best friend. His therapist calls it survivor’s guilt. All he knows is that he can’t stop thinking about … Continue reading

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Dear Miss Karana

Dear Miss Karana by Eric Elliot Grades 4 & up Tishmal is a fourth grader who lives and goes to school on an Indian Reservation near Riverside, California. After studying Island of the Blue Dolphins in school, she starts writing … Continue reading

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See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Grades 5 & up Alex loves space, rockets, and truth, and he idolizes Carl Sagan, which is why he named his dog after him. With the help of an online forum, Alex … Continue reading

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya Grades 4 & up Arturo’s family is centered around the restaurant founded by his grandparents. La Cocina de la Isla is a popular meeting place in their neighborhood — Abuela knows … Continue reading

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The End of the Wild

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget Grades 4 & up Things have been hard for sixth grader Fern for the two years since her mother and baby brother died in an accident. Her stepfather has a hard time … Continue reading

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Geekerella

Geekerella by Ashley Poston Grades 8 & up In this retelling of Cinderella, Elle is a huge fan of the classic Starfield series and her father started the ExcelsiCon to celebrate it. After he died, she was stuck at home … Continue reading

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Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead

Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan Grades 5 & up Sydney has been working hard at maintaining her image and status at her southern California middle school even as family finances get tighter and tighter. Then her parents … Continue reading

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