Category Archives: Realistic Fiction

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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A Rambler Steals Home

A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins Grades 4 & up The perfect summer read! Derby Clark, her brother Triple, and her father Garland are ramblers. They spend the different seasons in different places, moving from town to town in … Continue reading

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Lone Bean

Lone Bean by Chudney Ross Grades 2 & up Bean is having a hard time at the beginning of third grade. She lost touch with her best friend Carla over the summer and now Carla has a new best friend, … Continue reading

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A Long Pitch Home

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi Grades 4 & up Bilal is surprised when he, his siblings, and his mother suddenly leave Pakistan for America. His father must stay behind. They go to Virginia, where they stay with … Continue reading

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One Half from the East

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi Grades 4 & up When Obayda’s father loses his leg in a car bombing attack, her family must move from their apartment in Kabul to the countryside with their extended family. Life … Continue reading

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