New Realistic Fiction for Kids

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Reading Level: ages 10 - 14

In this novel in verse, Kevin, who feel he's "king of seventh grade" enjoys being a bully at school.  Home is a different matter.  His physician parents are too busy to pay attention to their five sons.  Kevin is himself bullied by his next oldest brother.  When one of the school victims finds a notebook of poetry that Kevin has written, he uses the discovery to humiliate and bully Kevin in turn.

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Henry Holton Takes the Ice by Sandra Bradley

Reading Level: Preschool-Grade 1

Henry's family loves hockey. So much so that their family dog is named Gretzky, after the world's most famous hockey player. When Henry decides he might like to try ice dancing, his family protests, claiming they are a "hockey family." Then, Grandma comes to visit, and Henry learns a little secret that helps him grasp his newfound interest.

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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger: Class B.U.R.P. by Jenny Meyerhoff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Louie is a bit different from the other fifth-graders.  He wants to be a comedian like his idol Lou Lafferman.Class so he has a notebook of jokes and comedy routines. What he doesn't want to be is class B.U.R.P. (Boy Used to Ridicule and Put-Downs) and that's just what Louie was until a video of him was aired on T.V.  But the popularity bump didn't last, so Louie figures he needs something else even if that means upsetting his two best friends.  Kids will love this second Louie Burger book and maybe even learn a few new jokes like  "Why didn't anyone want to babysit the little vampire?"

Meet author Jenny Meyerhoff at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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