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Realistic Fiction

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Fiction is shelved alphabetically by the author's last name. 

Crenshaw                               J FICTION
by Katherine Applegate
Fearing his family will have to move into their minivan when they suffer another financial setback, Jackson finds support and comfort through his friendship with a giant imaginary cat.  

The Worst Class Trip Ever                    J FICTION
by Dave Barry
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami's Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.

The Penderwicks                    J FICTION
by Jeanne Birdsall
While visiting the estate of Arundel during their summer holiday, the Penderwick girls bask in the beautiful environment where they explore a treasure-filled attic, play in a wondrous garden, and make a new friend with the owner’s son. 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing                  J FICTION
by Judy Blume
Life with his two-year-old brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a tantrum or smearing mashed potatoes on the walls, he’s never far from trouble. He’s a terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! 

Ramona Quimby, Age 8                     J FICTION
by Beverly Cleary
Confronting good times and bad times during her third-grade year, Ramona Quimby rediscovers the strength and durability of her loving family.  

Frindle                        J FICTION
by Andrew Clements
When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. 

Because of Winn Dixie                       J FICTION
by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. 

Absolutely Almost                 J FICTION
by Lisa Graff
Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.      

The Homework Machine                   J FICTION
by Dan Gutman
Four fifth-grade students--a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.  

Hoot                            J FICTION
by Carl Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Melonhead                             J FICTION
by Katy Kelly
In the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Capitol Hill, Lucy Rose's friend Adam "Melonhead" Melon, a budding inventor with a knack for getting in trouble, enters a science contest that challenges students to recycle an older invention into a new invention. 

Ungifted                                 J FICTION
by Gordan Korman
Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at school. 

Shiloh                         J FICTION
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Certain that the dog he has discovered near the old Shiloh schoolhouse has been abused by its owner, Marty Preston secretly vows to do anything to save him. 

Wonder                                  J FICTION
by RJ Palacio
Born with a facial deformity that prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem. 

Bridge to Terabithia              J FICTION
by Katherine Paterson
Jess Aarons gains the strength to cope with unexpected tragedy by going to a secret kingdom in the woods invented by Leslie Burke, a newcomer to his rural Virginia community. 

Clementine                             J FICTION
by Sara Pennypacker
Armed with attitude, individuality, and a penchant for disaster, Clementine, a wonderfully wacky girl who is the inventor of the world's first pair of bologna glasses, makes her first appearance in this hilarious book.  

Small Steps                             J FICTION
by Louis Sachar
Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.

Liar and Spy                J FICTION
by Rebecca Stead
Moving into an apartment when his father loses his job, Georges befriends Safer, a 12-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy, recruits Georges into the world of espionage so that they can investigate a mysterious neighbor. 

Navigating Early                    J FICTION
by Clare Vanderpool
Abruptly placed in a boy's boarding school after his mother's death at the end of World War II, Kansas youth Jack Baker befriends Early Auden, an unusual boy with whom Jack embarks on a quest along the Appalachian Trail in search of a legendary great black bear. 

Paperboy                    J FICTION
by Vince Vawter
Taking over a friend's newspaper route in 1959 Memphis, an 11-year-old baseball enthusiast struggles with a stutter while attempting to speak with customers, a situation that turns dangerous when he has a conflict with a thieving local junkman. 

So B. It                        J FICTION
by Sarah Weeks
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, 12-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is. 

Little House in the Big Woods                       J FICTION
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A year in the life of two young girls living on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with chores, enjoy their father's stories, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.