Category Archives: Realistic

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald, illustrated by J.P. Coovert

Link to Harvest Park Library: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading  Reluctant readers, and avid readers, will really like this book.  Charlie Joe Jackson will do anything to avoid reading!  Narrated by middle schooler Charlie Joe, it reads a … Continue reading

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Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Aman and his mother escape Afghanistan with the help of Shadow, an Army sniffer dog, to live in England.  After living in England for six years, they are denied asylum and have to go back to Afghanistan.  Aman’s best friend … Continue reading

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On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

This short book packs a powerful punch!  Joel and Tony are best friends.  Tony has a very adventurous spirit, which often times makes Joel feel uncomfortable.  Sometimes Joel wonders why they are best friends, but truth is, Joel finds everyone … Continue reading

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Waiting for Normal

Connor, Leslie. Waiting For Normal. 290p. Harper Collins. 2008. ISBN:  978-0-06-089088-9.   Dear Addie, I’m pulling for you.  I liked you the moment I met you.  You are a 12-year-old girl who deserves normal.  Your Mom mostly drove me nuts-I … Continue reading

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Kinney, Jeff.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s Journal. 217 p.  Amulet.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-8109-9313-6. It feels almost silly writing a review of the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but a review has to … Continue reading

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Love That Dog: A Novel

Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog:  A Novel. 86 p.  Scholastic.  2001.  ISBN 978-0-06-029287-4. They say great things come in small packages.  This book is no exception.  Creech has written a book that a lot of kids will be able to … Continue reading

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Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Wiles, Deborah.  Each Little Bird That Sings.  247 p.  Harcourt.  2005.  ISBN 978-0-15-205113-6.Get your tissue box out. Meet Comfort.  She is a 10-year-old explorer, recipe tester, and funeral reporter, whose family owns, and lives in, the Snowberger Funeral Home in … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  229p.  Little, Brown.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-316-01368-0.Arnold Spirit, Jr., nicknamed Junior, is an American Indian living on a Spokane, Washington reservation.  He was born with encephalitis (water on the brain), and … Continue reading

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Th1rteen R3asons Why

Asher, Jay.  Th1rteen R3asons Why.  288 p.  Razorbill.  2007.  ISBN  978-1-59514-171-2. “Everything affects everything.” How do you treat people?  How are you treated by other people? So begins the story of Hannah Baker, a teen that committed suicide.  The story … Continue reading

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Lenny’s Space by Kate Banks

Banks, Kate.  Lenny’s Space.  151 p.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  2007.  ISBN  978-0-374-34575-4. Think of how you feel when you don’t fit in.  It doesn’t feel good does it?  Think of how you feel when you don’t think someone else … Continue reading

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