New Realistic Fiction for Kids

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New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer

Reading Level: Grades K - 5

Ella Mae needs new shoes so her mother takes her to the town shoe store. After waiting while a white girl tries on pair after pair of shoes Ella May is shocked to learn that she is not allowed to touch any shoes until after she buys them. Although she likes her new shoes, the humiliation of the shopping trip gnaws at her until she and her sister come up with a plan to bring a true shoe store experience to all her neighbors.

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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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