Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Author
Alexander, Kwame
Call Number
J COMICS ALEXANDER
Summary
Thirteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Author
Knisley, Lucy
Call Number
J COMICS KNISLEY
Summary
Jen moves out to the country and has to put up with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, as well as his kids. Suddenly part of a larger family in a new place, Jen isn't sure there is a place for her in this different world.
Author
Libenson, Terri
Call Number
J COMICS LIBENSON
Summary
Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it's all worth it.
Title
Click
Author
Miller, Kayla
Call Number
J COMICS MILLER
Summary
When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she wonders why all of her friends have already formed their own groups without her.
Author
Wang, Jen
Call Number
J COMICS WANG
Summary
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.
Author
Anderson, John D.
Call Number
J F ANDERSON
Summary
Malcolm has never felt like he was good enough. Especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared. That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, the one sport he actually enjoys. Whatever the reason, something about mini golf just clicks for Malcolm. And best of all, it's a sport his dad can't possibly obsess over. Or so Malcolm thinks. Soon he is signed up for lessons and entered in tournaments. And yet, even as he becomes a better golfer and finds unexpected friends at the local course, be wonders if he might not always be a disappointment.
Author
Barnett, Mac
Call Number
J F BARNETT
Summary
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
Author
Barrows, Annie
Call Number
J F BARROWS
Summary
Welcome to the wonderful world of Iggy, where the motto is: It seemed like a good idea at the time. Iggy is not a bad kid - he's really not. Okay, so he's done a few bad things. And okay, he's not very sorry about most of them. No one got hurt! Except for that one time when the Best Idea Ever turned into the Worst Idea of All Time. Iggy is really, really, really sorry he did that. "What did he do?" you ask. Read the book to find out!
Author
Bauer, Joan
Call Number
J F BAUER
Summary
Olive Hudson desperately wants a dog. But that doesn't seem to be a possibility right now. Newly orphaned, she's moving in with the half sister she hardly knows and their life is too chaotic to include a dog. But then something wonderful happens: Olive gets a chance to raise Lumie, a guide dog puppy. Discipline. Rules. Lots of hugs. Only the best of the best puppies continue on to become guide dogs, and of course Olive wants Lumie to be chosen. But if she is, that means that Olive will lose her. Once again, the incomparable Joan Bauer tells a touching story that is full of heart and warmth and unabashed idealism.
Author
Benjamin, Ali
Call Number
J F BENJAMIN
Summary
Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink.
Author
Blake, Ashley H.
Call Number
J F BLAKE
Summary
When Sunny St. James receives a new heart, she decides to set off on a "New Life Plan": 1. do awesome amazing things she could never do before; 2. find a new best friend; and 3. kiss a boy for the first time. Her "New Life Plan" seems to be racing forward, but when she meets her new best friend Quinn, Sunny questions whether she really wants to kiss a boy at all. With the reemergence of her mother, Sunny begins a journey to becoming the new Sunny St. James.
Author
Cartaya, Pablo
Call Number
J F CARTAYA
Summary
Sixth-grader Emilia Torres struggles with ADHD, her controlling abuela, her mother's work commitments, her father's distance after returning from deployment, evolving friendships, and a conflict over school redistricting.
Author
Carter, Caela
Call Number
J F CARTER
Summary
Alma yearns for the truth about her dead birth father, and a trip to his birthplace might provide the answers she desperately seeks.
Author
Cheng, Jack
Call Number
J F CHENG
Summary
Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space.
Author
Cisneros, Ernesto
Call Number
J F CISNEROS
Summary
While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico.
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