Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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TOWERS FALLING by Jewell Parker Rhodes….a 2019-20 LOVELACE nominee Division I & II

Jewell Parker Rhodes says very clearly in her Author’s Note for this book that she wanted to write a book that teachers could use to teach children about 9/11.  Towers Falling accomplishes that goal.  It offers adults a way of introducing conversations and history about something that remains an extremely emotional and terrifying–some would same … Continue reading

SONG FOR A WHALE by Lynne Kelly

Song for a Whale was a happy surprise for me!  I read this book because the Mock Newbery group that I belong to on Goodreads voted for it to be our June 2019 read. (I did not vote for it.)  I didn’t really know what to expect but I wasn’t all that excited about reading … Continue reading

NEW KID by Jerry Craft

New Kid is a fabulous graphic novel about Jordan Banks.  Jordan is in 7th Grade.  Jordan loves to draw and wants to go to Art School.  We meet Jordan as he begins attending Riverdale Academy Day School.  Riverdale is a school in an upscale part of town;  Jordan has to take a long city bus … Continue reading

THE END OF THE WILD by Nicole Helget…a 2019-20 LOVELACE nominee Division I & II

The End of the Wild is an interesting story about Fern, an 11-year-old girl living with her 2 younger brothers and her stepfather, Toivo.  In order to feed the family Toivo often hunts (poaches) game and Fern collects various nuts, mushrooms and roots from the forest near their home.  Her mother and youngest brother have … Continue reading

AMINA’S VOICE by Hena Khan……a 2019-20 LOVELACE nominee Division I

Amina’s Voice is the story of Amina as she begins middle school. Amina has always been quiet and struggles to put herself in a position where she would need to speak up for herself–or for others.  The advent of middle school brings with it confusing social changes as her best friend, Soojin, seems to be interested … Continue reading

THE LOST GIRL by Anne Ursu

The Lost Girl centers around two identical twin sisters, Iris and Lark.  Iris tends to be more practical and Lark is the daydreamer, drawn more to fantasy than fact. The girls feel sure that “they have better outcomes when they are together.” When the book begins Iris and Lark are about to enter 5th grade.  … Continue reading

FORGET ME NOT by Ellie Terry

I just finished Forget Me Not, read it in one sitting and couldn’t wait to share it! Forget Me Not is a brilliant debut from new author Ellie Terry.  The story is written from the perspectives of Calliope (Calli), a young girl who loves astronomy, has moved to new towns (and schools)many more times than … Continue reading


The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is the newest addition from one of my favorite authors:  Wendelin Van Draanen.  Lincoln is 11 years old.  He and his mother have fled their home and his mother’s abusive boyfriend.  Lincoln now finds himself in a school where his southern accent and mannerisms often make him a target … Continue reading


Jason Parker lives in Japan with his parents, who teach at a university, and his younger sister, Cora.  He is in the 6th grade although he’s a year older than his Japanese classmates, having had to repeat a grade when his family moved to Japan. When I started Falling Into the Dragon’s Mouth I thought … Continue reading

RHODA’S ROCK HUNT by Molly Beth Griffin Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt was a delightful surprise for me!  Rhoda’s experiences–both her fascination with rocks and her delight in finding them–mirror my own experience as a child on vacation during summers in northern Minnesota.  I wish Rhoda’s Rock Hunt had been around eight years ago when my daughter was constantly adding to the LOADS of rocks in … Continue reading