Category Archives: realistic fiction

Shine! – J.J. Grabenstein and Chris Grabenstein

From the publisher, ““Who do you want to be?” asks Mr. Van Deusen. “And not when you grow up. Right here, right now.”  Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper’s hero—astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse—but … Continue reading

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Turbulence – David Szalay

She had been visiting her son in London. He has cancer and she is very afraid he will die. But now she must return home to Madrid and is very afraid of flying. After some turbulence she converses a bit … Continue reading

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Where the Heart Is – Jo Knowles

From the publisher: “If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. It’s … Continue reading

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones – Gary D. Schmidt

Sixth grader Carter Jones, opens the door to find a portly butler during a frantic first day of school morning for the four children.  In the vein of Mary Poppins, sans magic, he arrives at the most needed time.  Carter’s … Continue reading

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Love à la Mode – Stephanie Kate Strohm

From the publisher, “Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. … Continue reading

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Unclaimed Baggage – Jen Doll

From the publisher, “Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to … Continue reading

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Saving Winslow – Sharon Creech

From the publisher, “Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him … Continue reading

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