Realistic Fiction for Kids

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New Realistic Fiction for Kids

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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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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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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