Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Author
Higgins, Carter
Call Number
J F HIGGINS
Summary
Returning each summer to small town Ridge Creek, Virginia, where her father sells concessions after the minor league baseball games, eleven-year-old Derby Christmas Clark longs for a permanent home as she reconnects with grandmotherly June and uncovers hidden secrets.
Author
High, Linda O.
Call Number
J F HIGH
Summary
Twelve-year-old Lily Pruitt loves her grandparents, but she doesn't love the circus--and the circus is their life. She's perfectly happy to stay with her father, away from her neglectful mother and her grandfather's beloved elephant, Queenie Grace. Then Grandpa Bill dies, and both Lily and Queenie Grace are devastated. When Lily travels to Florida for the funeral, she keeps her distance from the elephant. But the two are mourning the same man--and form a bond born of loss. And when Queenie Grace faces danger, Lily must come up with a plan to help save her friend.
Author
Hunt, Lynda M.
Call Number
J F HUNT
Summary
Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.
Author
Kapit, Sarah
Call Number
J F KAPIT
Summary
Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.
Author
Keller, Tae
Call Number
J F KELLER
Summary
Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific method leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.
Author
Kelly, Lynne
Call Number
J F KELLY
Summary
Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.
Author
Khan, Hena
Call Number
J F KHAN
Summary
As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Pervaiz wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.
Author
Kim, Jessica
Call Number
J F KIM
Summary
When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.
Author
Korman, Gordon
Call Number
J F KORMAN
Summary
Told in alternating voices, the teacher and students in room 117 find their lives changed over the course of a school year.
Author
Lai, Remy
Call Number
J F LAI
Summary
Jingwen has just moved to a new country, and it feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s stuck babysitting his (extremely irritating) little brother. To distract himself, Jingwen plans to make fancy cakes like his dad made before he died. The only problem is his mom won’t let the brothers use the oven while she’s at work.
Author
Levy, Dana A.
Call Number
J F LEVY
Summary
When Theo's photography project is mysteriously vandalized at school there are five suspected students who all say "it wasn't me." Theo just wants to forget about the humiliating incident but his favorite teacher is determined to get to the bottom of it and has the six of them come into school over vacation to talk. AKA their worst nightmare. That is until they realize they might get along after all, despite their differences. But what is everyone hiding and will school ever be the same?
Author
Lord, Cynthia
Call Number
J F LORD
Summary
On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.
Author
Mackler, Carolyn
Call Number
J F MACKLER
Summary
Willa lives on the upper West Side of Manhattan with her divorced father and her younger brother and attends fifth grade with her best friend Ruby, and she likes things to be a certain way, because it makes life manageable even with her Sensory Processing Disorder; she certainly does not like surprises, and her father has just thrown her a big one: he has been dating Ruby's mother, and suddenly Willa's life seems to be spiraling out of her control--and part of the trouble is that she cannot even explain why she thinks this is a horrible idea, when everyone else thinks that it is wonderful.
Author
Magoon, Kekla
Call Number
J F MAGOON
Summary
Caleb Franklin and his big brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city.
Author
Marks, Janae
Call Number
J F MARKS
Summary
Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime.
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