Realistic Fiction

Nora and the Texas Terror

Author: 
udy Cox

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Nora's life is turned upside down when her uncles family move in with her family and Nora has to share her bedroom and school with a cousin she has never liked.

For another tale of an obnoxious relative try:
The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, How I survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston

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See What I See

Author: 
Gloria Whelan

Reading Level: Grades 8+

When Kate Tapert earns a four-year scholarship to a Detroit art school, she realizes the only way she can afford to attend is if she lives with her estranged father, the famous reclusive artist Dalton Quinn. When Dalton's daughter shows up on his doorstep he orders her to leave until she threatens to reveal his secret.

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Ruth and the Green Book

Author: 
Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Illustrator: 
Floyd Cooper

Reading Level: Grades K - 4

Ruth and her parents take a road trip during the Jim Crow era and encounter discrimination at every turn, until they are given a copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book which lists the safe places for African-Americans to eat, visit and stay.

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Saraswati's Way

Author: 
Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

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Payback Time

Author: 
Carl Deuker

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

High school senior Daniel True,unkindly know as "Mitch" because of his resemblance to the Michelin Man, is upset when he is passed over for editor-in-chief of the school paper and is instead assigned his school's sports beat. Mitch's disappointment is short lived when he realizes that the coach and one of his players are involved in something shady. Mitch soon learns that digging for facts that no one wants him to have can be dangerous both for himself and someone he cares about.

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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Author: 
Natalie Standiford

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

It was a normal Christmas. Daddy-o, Ginger and their six children had opened their presents at home and then had set off for dinner at Almighty's home. After dinner Almighty, Daddy-o's mother, made an announcement:

One of you has offended me deeply, unless that person comes forward with a confession of his or her crime, submitted to me in writing by New Year's Day, I will donate your share of my fortune to Puppy Ponchos upon my death.

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My Double Life

Author: 
Janette Rallison

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

18-year-old Lexi's life spins out of control when she is offered a lucrative job as pop star Kari Kingsley's body double. Lexi's resemblance is not accidental. She herself has just discovered she is Kari's half-sister, a fact that only her mother and grandmother knew.

Determined to meet her father, Lexi takes the job despite her mother's objections. But as the wild swirl of Hollywood threatens to engulf her, Lexi wonders what price she will have to pay to meet the father she has never known.

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Harmless

Author: 
Dana Reinhardt

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Once you tell one lie, it gets easier and easier and easier. All it takes is just one little lie.

Emma, Anna, and Mariah weren't supposed to be at a party with senior boys, but they were anyways. Emma wasn't supposed to fall in love with one of them, but she did. Anna wasn't supposed to be a bad girl, but she was. And Mariah wasn't supposed to even be friends with Anna and Emma, being a popular girl and all. But she was.

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Hunger

Author: 
Jackie Morse Kessler

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

17-year-old Lisabeth Lewis is fat. That's what the "thin voice" she hears inside her head tells her. Despite eating only lettuce and the constant exercising, the "thin voice" still tells Lisa that she is disgustingly fat. On the day Lisabeth considered ending her life, she heard a new voice...Death.

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