Realistic Fiction

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Sharon Creech
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Rosie works out some problems in her friendship with the boy next door, Bailey, with the help of her grandmother, while cooking soup and pasta together in their kitchen. Granny has her own story about her friendship from the old country that is similar to Rosie and Bailey’s relationship.

Bird Lake Moon

Kevin Henkes
Bird Lake Moon
Twelve-year-old Mitch is spending his summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate when he meets 10-year-old Spencer whose family has returned to the lake where Spencer’s four-year-old brother drowned when he was only four. As the two boys become friends and spend time together, they begin to heal.

Oggie Cooder

Sarah Weeks
Oggie Cooder
Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder goes from being shunned to everyone’s best friend once he wins a slot on a popular television show. Being a celebrity and having a neighbour girl for his manager turns out to be quite perilous.


Mother-Daughter Book Club Heather Vogel Frederick
Mother-Daughter Book Club
Four sixth-grade girls mothers pressure them into forming a book club to read and discuss “Little Women”. They find out they have more in common than they realized.
Lucky Cap Patrick Jennings
Lucky Cap
After having an amazing summer trip with his father, Enzo starts middle school wearing a prototype baseball cap that seems to bring him popularity and success until he misplaces it.
Suddenly his life spirals out of control and he must figure out his identity and how to do what is right.
Hokey Pokey

Jerry Spinelli
Hokey Pokey
Hokey Pokey is a place where children live and rule themselves without any adults. One day as Jack and the Amigos are trying to recover his stolen bike, Jack realizes that he is growing up and will have to leave the lands of the Hokey Pokey.

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street Sharon Flake
The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Ten-year-old Queen, a spoiled and conceited African-American girl, is disliked by most of her classmates. When she meets an unlikely “knight in shining armor”, she learns a lesson about friendship.
Hot Hand Mike Lupica
Hot Hand
When Billy’s parents separate, Billy finds himself in constant conflict with his father who is also his basketball coach. He is also the only family member who seems to notice that his younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting to the new family dynamics.
Beany Goes to Camp

Susan Wojciechowski
Beany Goes to Camp
Beany definitely does not want to spend her summer vacation at camp, but she endures bugs, and a bossy cabin-mate, finds a new friend, and has an okay time after all.

Along Came Spider

James Preller
Along Came Spider
Fifth grader Spider Stevens—nicknamed for his climbing ability—wrestles with his loyalty to his best friend versus friendship with the popular crowd.

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