Great Realistic Fiction for Children

Recommended realistic fiction for children.

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Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Danziger, Paula; Ross, Tony (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Danziger
Description:

Third grader Amber's best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.

Anastasia Krupnik
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lowry, Lois
Call Number:
JF Lowry
Description:

This is the first in Lois Lowry's hilarious series about the unusual Krupnik family.

Because of Winn-Dixie
Artist/Author/Cast:
DiCamillo, Kate
Call Number:
JF DiCamillo
Description:

Opal describes all the good things that happen because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.

Beezus and Ramona
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Darling, Louis (Illustrator); Dockray, Tracy (Illustrator); Rogers, Jacqueline (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ramona invites her entire kindergarten class over one rainy day, without telling her mother! This hilarious book will captivate you.

Chicken Boy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Call Number:
JF Dowell
Description:

Since his mother died, Tobin's life has been in disarray, but improves after he starts raising chickens.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Zelinsky, Paul O. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Ten-year-old Leigh confides his troubles in letters to his favorite author.

Eggs over Evie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jackson, Alison; Mourning, Tuesday (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Jackson
Description:

Evie tries to cope with her parents' divorce, her dad's new wife, and the idea of a new sibling.

Frindle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Clements, Andrew; Selznick, Brian (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Clements
Description:

A champion troublemaker, Nick decides to invent a new word to torment his teacher.

Harriet the Spy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzhugh, Louise
Call Number:
JF Fitzhugh
Description:

Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret book.

Hound Dog True
Artist/Author/Cast:
Urban, Linda
Call Number:
JF Urban
Description:

Fifth-grader Mattie is so shy that she wants to help her uncle, the school custodian, instead of making new friends.

Iggie`s House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blume, Judy
Call Number:
JF Blume
Description:

Winnie's all-white neighborhood is changed when an African-American family moves in.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gantos, Jack
Call Number:
JF Gantos
Description:

Hyperactive Joey is always disappointing the adults in his life, but he can't really help it.

Maniac Magee
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spinelli, Jerry
Call Number:
JF/YP F Spinelli
Description:

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats.

Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of our Sisterhood
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chambers, Veronica
Call Number:
JF Chambers
Description:

Separated from her best friend in Brooklyn, thirteen-year-old Marisol spends a year with her grandmother in Panama.

My Name Is Maria Isabel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ada, Alma Flor; Cerro, Ana M. (Translator); Thompson, K. Dyble (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Ada
Description:

Maria doesn't want to be called Mary in this poignant story about heritage and fitting into a new environment.

Nasty, Stinky Sneakers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunting, Eve
Call Number:
JF Bunting
Description:

Will Colin find his missing stinky sneakers in time to enter The Stinkiest Sneakers in the World contest?

P.S. Longer Letter Later
Artist/Author/Cast:
Danziger, Paula; Martin, Ann M.
Call Number:
JF Danziger
Description:

Best friends Elizabeth and Tara*Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara*Starr's family moves to another state.

Romeo and Juliet--Together (and Alive!) at Last
Artist/Author/Cast:
Avi; Watts, Franklin (Contribution by)
Call Number:
JF Avi
Description:

Pete likes Anabell, and she likes him back--but will they ever be able to admit it to one another?

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blume, Judy
Call Number:
JF Blume
Description:

Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother to be an ever-increasing problem.

The Breadwinner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ellis, Deborah; Ellis, D.
Call Number:
JF Ellis
Description:

A courageous young Afghan girl pretends to be a boy in order to support her family.

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