New Realistic Fiction for Kids

Sylvia's Spinach by Katherine Pryor

Ages 3+

Sylvia Spivens always said no to spinach. (I can empathize.) But when he class gardening project lands her with the spinach seeds... she doesn't have a choice! No one will trade seeds with her. She is stuck with spinach.

But when Sylvia's spinach begins to sprout and grow, she stops disliking it so much. Taking care of the plant is fun! Then Sylvia's teacher suggests everyone try eating what they have grown. Will Sylvia try her spinach?

A good book about encouraging new things couched in a great story about growing plants!

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Caddy's World by Hilary McKay

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Hilary McKay scores again in this prequel to the Casson Family series.  Before her struggles with A level exams and her adventures with "Michael Darling" the beleaguered driving instructor, Caddy Casson was a 12-year-old girl facing the loss and challenges of changing friendships.

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Books by Hilary McKay

If you enjoy Caddy and her eccentric family try:

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan

Ordinary Jack by Helen Cresswell and

The Heroic Life of Al Capsella by Judith Clarke



Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Fletcher, Ralph

Reading Level: Grades 7+

Life is hard for 15-year-old Bobby Steele. Especially since he has the same name as his father...the man who made the newspapers when he attacked his wife with a hot iron. Bobby hates sharing his name. Bobby doesn't blame his mother when she walks out on them. He'd walk too if it wasn't for his little brother.

Bobby's name change started as a joke. When he and his friends find an application for a prestigious prep school at an IHop, they make up a kid and submit an application. When that pretend guy, Rowan Pohi, is accepted, the temptation is too great. Bobby decides he needs a new life, anything is better than the one he has.

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Other tales double identities include:

The Mark of Conte by Sonia Levitin

Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita and

Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick