KCLS Recommends: Children's - Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Annotation:When he is assigned Teddy Roosevelt as his biography project in school, fourth-grader Riley finds himself inspired by Roosevelt's tenacity and perseverance and resolves to find a way to get what he most wants--a saxophone and music lessons. Ages 7 – 10
Annotation:Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. Ages 6 – 9
Annotation:Clarice Bean tries to glean useful advice from the "Ruby Redfort Survival Handbook" as she deals with several worries, including "largish" spiders, Robert the pest, and, most of all, sudden change. Ages: 7 – 10
Annotation:With her kitten, Moisturizer, missing and having fought with her best friend, Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine finds it hard to concentrate on doing her best as her classmate's Friend of the week. Ages 7 – 10
Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Dewey attempts to juggle the management of the family's bicycle repair business while sharing the household and farm duties with his siblings after a sudden energy crisis strands their parents far from home. Ages 10 and up
Annotation:Harnessing the power of art, Dylan Hughes, the only boy in his town, must get himself out of hot water--with the help of his two pet chickens--and save the family business when a huge secret is exposed. Ages 9 – 12.
Annotation:After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn's life proceeds as her mother turns angry and embittered, her grandmother becomes senile, and her flamboyant aunt continues to run the Summer Sunset Retirement Home for Distinguished Gentlemen, Ages 9 – 12
Annotation:Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system. Ages 7 – 9. J Mills
Annotation:Justin is very nervous about starting third grade and must make the best of things when he does not get the teacher he wanted, his best friend is in another class, and his favorite stuffed animal disappears. Ages 7 – 9
Annotation:Evan Treski, who is people-smart, and his younger sister Jesse, who is math-smart, battle it out through competing lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn one hundred dollars.
Annotation:When ten-year-old Lexie goes with her father to the beach for a week, she is surprised to find that he has invited his girlfriend and her two sons to join them for the entire week. Ages 8 – 12
Annotation:Twelve-year-old identical twins have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one. Ages: 8 – 12
Annotation:When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer's Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to "talk to each other" in its pages, the student's entries spark a classroom-wide battle. Ages: 7 – 10
Annotation:Boisterous third-grader Fran has trouble controlling herself, but learning how to train her gigantic Newfoundland puppy helps her gain enough self-control to win the part of princess in the class play.Ages 7 – 9
Annotation:While spending a month on an island off the coast of Washington helping in her Uncle Sanjay's veterinary clinic, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray soon questions her decision to follow in her uncle's footsteps. Ages 8 – 12
Annotation:Ten-year-old Sprig no longer gets along with her twelve-year-old sister, Dakota, but the two pull together during their father's extended business trip to Afghanistan, sharing concerns about his safety, an elderly neighbor's health, fights with their best friends, and boys. Ages 9 – 12
Annotation:For most of her eleven years, Delly has been in trouble without knowing why, until her little brother, R.B., and a strange, silent new friend, Ferris, help her find a way to be good--and happy--again. Ages 8 – 12
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Books that are believable and take place in the modern world. Ages 7-12.