New Realistic Fiction for Kids

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Summer Showers by Kate Hannigan

Reading level: Grades 3 - 4

The entire Bumpus family is together again for their annual summer vacation.  Cousins Delia and Willow are determined to carry on as chefs despite Willow's broken hand.  There's lots to do.  They hope to drum up business for the new Arts and Eats cafe with a winning entry at the county fair.  They also plan to cater Aunt Rosie's baby shower and Delia really hopes she'll be able to find the heirloom ring that grandma gave her.  Could it have fallen into some batter?  The second entry in the Cupcake Cousins series has new Kate Hannigan tested recipes.  Readers will relish this lively, sweet celebration of family.

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.

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First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

Is there anyone who hasn't done something that is so embarrassing that they don't want to face the witnesses?  In this book the boy's horrible blunder was, "I. Called. My. Teacher. MOMMY!!!"  The class and laughed and now he sees no alternative but to drop out of school.  The illustrations are Jules Feiffer-like.  There's a great one that shows the image of the boy's class as a marching band all shouting "Ha Ha"   and wearing caps that say "MOMMY."  In the end the boy learns a little about laughing off mistakes and laughing at others.

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Meet illustrator Matthew Cordell at the library on January 9th.

Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Red just doesn't understand why, no matter how hard he tries he cannot do anything right. Stoplights are blue, when he and his friend Yellow try to draw an orange it comes out green. What is wrong with him?

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