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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Because of Mr. Terupt
Because of Mr. Terupt By Buyea, Rob (Book - 2010 ) J BUYEA Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 26 copies

Annotation:Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. Ages 9 – 12

Being Teddy Roosevelt
Being Teddy Roosevelt By Mills, Claudia (Book - 2007 ) J MILLS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

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

Bink & Gollie
Bink & Gollie By DiCamillo, Kate (Book - 2010 ) J DICAMILLO Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 60 copies

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

Calvin Coconut
Calvin Coconut Hero of Hawaii By Salisbury, Graham (Book - 2011 ) J SALISBURY Available in some locations

Annotation:When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue. Ages 7 – 10

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading By Greenwald, Tom (Book - 2012 ) J GREENWALD Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 95 copies

Annotation:Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. Grades 4 – 7

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now
Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now By Child, Lauren (Book - 2008 ) J CHILD Available in some locations

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

Clementine, Friend of the Week
Clementine, Friend of the Week By Pennypacker, Sara, 1951- (Book - 2010 ) J PENNYPACKER Available in some locations

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

Crunch By Connor, Leslie (Book - 2010 ) J CONNOR Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 76 copies

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

Dear Max
Dear Max By Grindley, Sally (Book - 2006 ) J GRINDLEY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:As Max--who is almost ten--and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each other with their new books and develop a special friendship. Ages 6 – 9

Dexter the Tough
Dexter the Tough By Haddix, Margaret Peterson (Book - 2007 ) J HADDIX Available in some locations

Annotation:A sympathetic teacher and her writing assignment help fourth-grader Dexter deal with being the new kid in school after he punches a kid on the first day. Ages 7 – 10

Framed By Cottrell Boyce, Frank (Book - 2005 ) J COTTRELL Available in some locations

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.

Grounded By Klise, Kate (Book - 2010 ) J KLISE Available in some locations

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

Hate That Cat
Hate That Cat By Creech, Sharon (Book - 2008 ) J CREECH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 47 copies

Annotation:Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous works and how they relate to his life. Ages 8 – 12

How Oliver Olson Changed the World
How Oliver Olson Changed the World By Mills, Claudia (Book - 2009 ) J MILLS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

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

Just Grace Goes Green
Just Grace Goes Green By Harper, Charise Mericle (Book - 2009 ) J HARPER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:As Miss Lois's class learns about ways to help the environment, Grace helps comfort her friend Mimi, whose favorite stuffed toy has gone missing. Ages 6 – 10

Justin Case
Justin Case School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters By Vail, Rachel (Book - 2010 ) J VAIL Available in some locations

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

The Lemonade War
The Lemonade War By Davies, Jacqueline, 1962- (Book - 2007 ) J DAVIES Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 73 copies

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.

Lexie By Couloumbis, Audrey (Book - 2011 ) J COULOUMBIS Available in some locations

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

Lost and Found
Lost and Found By Clements, Andrew, 1949- (Book - 2008 ) J CLEMENTS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 82 copies

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

P.S. Longer Letter Later
P.S. Longer Letter Later By Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004 (Book - 1998 ) J DANZIGER Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr's family moves to another state. Ages 9 – 12

Please Write in This Book
Please Write in This Book By Amato, Mary (Book - 2006 ) J AMATO Available in some locations

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

The Popularity Papers
The Popularity Papers Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang By Ignatow, Amy (Book - 2010 ) J IGNATOW Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 84 copies
Puppy Power
Puppy Power By Cox, Judy (Book - 2008 ) J COX Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

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

Rules By Lord, Cynthia (Book - 2006 ) J LORD Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 52 copies

Annotation:Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic. Ages 9 – 12

Seaglass Summer
Seaglass Summer By Banerjee, Anjali (Book - 2010 ) J BANERJEE Available in some locations

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

Slob By Potter, Ellen, 1963- (Book - 2009 ) J POTTER Available in some locations

Annotation:Overweight outcast Owen is determined to build a TV that can see into the past to show him the night his parents were murdered. Ages: 10-12

Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear
Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear By Mazer, Norma Fox, 1931-2009 (Book - 2007 ) J MAZER Available in some locations

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

True ( -- Sort Of)
True ( -- Sort Of) By Hannigan, Katherine (Book - 2011 ) J HANNIGAN Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 24 copies

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

Ungifted By Korman, Gordon (Book - 2012 ) J KORMAN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 112 on 53 copies

Annotation:Can a totally ungifted kid, Donovan Curtis, make his mark in a school for geniuses after committing one prank too many?

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning By Haworth, Danette (Book - 2008 ) J HAWORTH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:In 1970s Florida, eleven-year-old Violet's world is upturned by the arrival of a girl from Detroit who seems bent on stealing Violet's best friends. Ages 8 – 12

Watch Out World, Rosy Cole Is Going Green!
Watch Out World, Rosy Cole Is Going Green! By Greenwald, Sheila (Book - 2010 ) J GREENWALD Available in some locations

Annotation:Rosie's team comes up with some creative ideas for the Read School Fall Fair, whose mission is to sell "green-themed" products. Grades 2 – 4


Books that are believable and take place in the modern world. Ages 7-12.

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