School, Friends, Family & Growing Up
New Realistic Fiction for Kids
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5
Nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia are happy to be at the their annual family vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan. They're happy that Aunt Rosie's wedding will be in just a few days. What they're not happy about is the pink,poufy, babyish flower girl dresses they are expected to wear at her wedding. They decide to show Aunt Rosie how much better it would be if they were the wedding caterers instead. But there's a new grown- up cook in the kitchen and some of their recipes don't turn out exactly as planned. Add in some impossible older sisters and some real-life problems and mix well for a sweet read The book includes some of delicious recipes that would be fun to make!
Meet author Kate Hannigan at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.
Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8
Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world? While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer. All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble. Nina also deals with her changing friendship with her best friend, Jorie. It's even harder when she realizes they both has a crush on the same neighbor boy, This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.
Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.
Reading Level: Grades 7 and up
Kit's mother was a serial killer before she married. She had a drop box in London where people could request a murder and she marked each of her victims with a magic marker heart on their chest, but she never managed to reach the notoriety that most serial killers do. After "quitting" her mother uses her experience to train her only child to be a perfect killing machine. Kit takes over the drop box (with her mother's help) at age nine and, as she grows older and becomes independent, leaves her calling card, the letters cleaned of all DNA, with each of her victims. By the time she is seventeen she has reached Jack the Ripper status and is known to the public as The Perfect Killer. However, when she gets a request from a classmate to kill another classmate things begin to spiral out of control.
Reading Level: Ages 3-7
Morris Micklewhite likes Sundays when his mother makes him pancakes. He also loves Mondays because he gets to to go school, and there are lots of activities he likes there: painting, singing, snack time, the list goes on. The very best thing about school is the dress up box, where he always finds his favorite bright tangerine dress to put on. The other kids aren't very accepting of Morris wearing a dress, but he is able to find solace at home where he paints pictures inspired by his dreams and imagination.
Reading Level Grades 4-6
11-year-old Arlo has lived with his only relative, his grandfather Poppo, since Arlo was two. But in the last couple of years Poppo's mind has started slipping. Arlo now takes care of his grandfather making sure no one knows how bad Poppo is getting.
On the night Poppo is found trapped in a dumpster, life as Arlo knows it disappears. After one night in the children's home, Arlo knows he must escape. Armed with $68 and courage he sets out on a journey to find his missing grandmother, the one he has just recently learned is alive.
Other stories of kids seeking family are:
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt and
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis