Kids Realistic Fiction

    • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
      Judy Blume

      Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

    • Superfudge
      Judy Blume

      Eleven-year-old Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his four-year-old brother Fudge.

    • Dear Mr. Henshaw
      Beverly Cleary

      Dear Mr. Henshaw, I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunchbag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school." Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school.

    • Frindle
      Andrew Clements

      When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

    • The Report Card
      Andrew Clements

      Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius from everyone because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are not important, things begin to get out of control.

    • Out Of My Mind
      Sharon Draper

      Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

    • The Loser List (series)
      Holly Kowitt

      When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Loser List" in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly--until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught--and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep?

    • Wonder
      R.J. Palacio

      Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

    • Bridge to Terabithia
      Katherine Paterson

      The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

    • The Great Gilly Hopkins
      Katherine Paterson

      An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

    • Hatchet
      Gary Paulsen

      After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

    • Holes
      Louis Sachar

      As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

    • Liar and Spy
      Rebecca Stead

      Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

    • Hound Dog True
      Linda Urban

      Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.

    • Warp Speed
      Lisa Yee

      Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly-feared.