Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Author
McAnulty, Stacy
Call Number
J F MCANULTY
Summary
When seventh-grader Eleanor reads an article online claiming that an asteroid will hit Earth in April, she starts an underground school club to prepare kids for the end of the world as we know it.
Author
McDunn, Gillian
Call Number
J F MCDUNN
Summary
Since her father's death, Cat has taken care of her brother, Chicken, for their hardworking mother but while spending time with grandparents they never knew, Cat has the chance to be a child again.
Title
Chirp
Author
Messner, Kate
Call Number
J F MESSNER
Summary
Moving to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, a young gymnast hides a secret as she makes new friends and investigates her grandmother's claim that someone is trying to destroy her cricket farm.
Author
Murphy, Julie
Call Number
J F MURPHY
Summary
Thirteen-year-old Patricia, widely known as Sweet Pea, navigates her parents' unconventional divorce and finds herself in the unlikely role of her town's advice columnist.
Author
Naylor, Phyllis R.
Call Number
J F NAYLOR
Summary
During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are total opposites they have a lot in common.
Title
Wonder
Author
Palacio, R. J.
Call Number
J F PALACIO
Summary
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. (2014 Beehive Book Award winner)
Author
Pennypacker, Sara
Call Number
J F PENNYPACKER
Summary
Immersing himself in a fantasy world of knights and chivalry, introverted Ware is sent to a summer camp designed around social interactions and begins building a castle-like private space while clashing with a fellow misfit.
Author
Ramee, Lisa M.
Call Number
J F RAMEE
Summary
After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.
Author
Respicio, Mae
Call Number
J F RESPICIO
Summary
During the summer before seventh grade, Kaia, who enjoys living in Southern California, visiting the beach with her family, and creating movie make-up effects, makes a film with her friends to win a contest and hopefullly prevent her beloved great-grandtather from moving back to the Philippines.
Author
Reynolds, Jason
Call Number
J F REYNOLDS
Summary
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
Author
Roberts, Barbara C.
Call Number
J F ROBERTS
Summary
Nikki, thirteen, dreams of being a great basketball player but struggles on her new, elite team while also juggling school stress, her non-traditional family, and revelations about her biological father.
Author
Schmidt, Gary D.
Call Number
J F SCHMIDT
Summary
Sixth-grader Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman, and also to deal with burdens from the past.
Author
Scott, Libby
Call Number
J F SCOTT
Summary
Eleven-year-old Tally is starting sixth grade at Kingswood Academy and she really wants to fit in, which means somehow hiding her autism and her true self, and trying to act "normal" like her former best friend, Layla, who is distancing herself from Tally. But as she records her thoughts and anxieties in her coping diary, Tally begins to wonder--what is "normal" anyway?
Author
Sloan, Holly G
Call Number
J F SLOAN
Summary
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident
Author
Snyder, Laurel
Call Number
J F SNYDER
Summary
The school year is over, and it is summer in Atlanta. But Leah feels. . . lost. She has been this way since one terrible afternoon a year ago, when everything changed. Since that day, her parents have become distant, her friends have fallen away, and Leah's been adrift and alone. Then she meets Jasper, a girl unlike anyone she has ever known. Together, the two girls carve out a place for themselves, a hideaway in the overgrown spaces of Atlanta, away from their parents and their hardships, somewhere only they can find. But as the days of this magical June start to draw to a close, and the darker realities of their lives intrude once more, Leah and Jasper have to decide how real their friendship is, and whether it can be enough to save them both.
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