Realistic Fiction

It’s Real Life: These realistic fiction books give us a story we can all relate to.

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Snarf Attack, Underfoodle and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All
by: Mary Amato
Narrated by two brothers, the book follows their hilarious antics in three short stories. In the first, they are determined to catch a crook. The second story takes them on a treasure hunt. And, in the third story, they build a catapult to defend against a bully.J Fiction AmatoCheck Availability
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by: Tom Angleberger
6th grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try and figure out whether the puppet can actually predict the future.J Fiction AnglebergerCheck Availability
Anything But Typical
by: Nora Raleigh Baskin
Jason, a 12-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of the world.J Fiction BaskinCheck Availability
Almost Home
by: Joan Bauer
6th grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.J Fiction BauerCheck Availability
The Penderwicks: A Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by: Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.J Fiction BirdsallCheck Availability
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by: Judy Blume
Peter finds his demanding 2-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem.J Fiction BlumeCheck Availability
Because of Mr. Terupt
by: Rob Buyea
Seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.J Fiction BuyeaCheck Availability
Extra Credit
by: Andrew Clements
As letters flow back and forth - between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides - sixth grader Abby, 10-year-old Amira, and 11-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.J Fiction ClementsCheck Availability
The Lemonade War
by: Jacqueline Davies
Evan, and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to reach $100.J Fiction DaviesCheck Availability
Out of My Mind
by: Sharon M. Draper
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient 5th grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.J Fiction DraperCheck Availability
by: Kathryn Erskine
10-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.J Fiction ErskineCheck Availability
The Odd Squad: Bully Bait
by: Michael Fry
When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself, along with two other misfits, joining the school's lamest club: Safety Patrol. J Fiction FryCheck Availability
Dear Max
by: Sally Grindley
As Max--who is almost ten--and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each other with their new books and develop a special friendship. J Fiction GrindleyCheck Availability
True… Sort Of
by: Katherine Hannigan
For most of her eleven years, Delly has been in trouble without knowing why, until her little brother, R.B., and a strange, silent new friend, Ferris, help her find a way to be good--and happy--again. J Fiction HanniganCheck Availability
by: Carl Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. J Fiction HiaasenCheck Availability
The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
by: Gordon Korman
11-year-old best friends Jeff and Wiley, who like to give nicknames to their classmates, try to find the right one for the new girl Cassandra, while adjusting to the football coach who has become their new teacher.J Fiction KormanCheck Availability
The Loser List
by: Holly Kowitt
Danny must set things right again after his attempt to remove his name from the dreaded Loser List lands him in detention, attracts the attention of the school bully, and causes his best friend Jasper to end their friendship. J Fiction MesnnerCheck Availability
Eight Keys
by: Suzanne M. LaFleur
When 12-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope. J Fiction LaFleurCheck Availability
by: Cynthia Lord
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, 12-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic. J Fiction LordCheck Availability
Every Soul a Star
by: Wendy Mass
Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find. J Fiction MassCheck Availability
Road Trip
by: Gary Paulsen
A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.J Fiction PaulsenCheck Availability
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
by: Alan Silberberg
In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home. J Fiction SilberbergCheck Availability
by: Jerry Spinelli
Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.J Fiction SpinelliCheck Availability
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
by: Rachel Vail
It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. J Fiction VailCheck Availability