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Realistic Fiction for Grades 3-5

The titles listed below are shelved in J Fiction alphabetically by the author's last name. Many of these books are also available in paperback.
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Author Title Call Number
BalliettHold Fast
Early's father has disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to join the ranks of the homeless. (274 pp.)
J Balliett
BaskinAnything But Typical
Jason, a boy with autism, wants to become a writer. He relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world. (195 pp.)
J Baskin
BirdsallThe Penderwicks
On vacation with their father, four sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. (262 pp.)
J Birdsall
BlumeTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter finds his demanding toddler brother to be an increasing problem. (120 pp.)
J Blume
CabotMoving Day
Allie has rules for everything, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town. (228 pp.)
J Cabot
ClearyDear Mr. Henshaw
In letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce and finding his place in the world. (133 pp.)
J Cleary
ClementsNo Talking
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest. (146 pp.)
J Clements
CouloumbisJake
When Jake's widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas, a grandfather Jake barely knows must come help take care of him. (162 pp.)
J Couloumbis
CreechLove That Dog
In this novel-in-verse, Jack, initially skeptical of poetry, comes to love it and even writes his own inspired poem. (86 pp.)
J Creech
DowellThe Secret Language of Girls
Marylin and Kate have been friends since nursery school, but their relationship is put to the test when they start sixth grade. (247 pp.)
J Dowell
English Nikki & Deja
When an arrogant new girl arrives, Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find unexpected results. (76 pp.)
J English
FleischmanSeedfolks
A number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled city lot into a productive and beautiful garden. (69 pp.)
J Fleischman
FlemingLowji Discovers America
A nine-year-old boy from India adjusts to his new life in suburban Illinois. (152 pp.)
J Fleming
GreenwaldCharlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Middle schooler Charlie Joe Jackson is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. (220 pp.)
J Greenwald
KonigsburgThe View from Saturday
Four students attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them for the Academic Bowl competition. (163 pp.)
J Konigsburg
LaFleurLove, Aubrey
While living with her Gram, Aubrey writes to deal with the deaths of her father and sister, and being abandoned by her mother. (262 pp.)
J LaFleur
LevyThe Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
A family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets navigates a school year. (260 pp.)
J Levy
LookRuby Lu, Brave and True
Ruby spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks, learns to drive, and has more adventures. (105 pp.)
J Look
LowryAnastasia Krupnik
Anastasia falls in love, gets to know her grandmother, and finds out about an impending baby brother. (113 pp.)
J Lowry
MargolisBoys Are Dogs
While training her puppy, Annabelle applies some of the same techniques to tame the boys that are making her life miserable. (195 pp.)
J Margolis
MillsPet Disasters
Mason's parents keep trying to get him a pet, but until he and his best friend Brody adopt a three-legged dog, he is not interested. (154 pp.)
J Mills
MyracleEleven
The year between turning eleven and turning twelve brings many changes for Winnie and her friends. (201 pp.)
J Myracle
PalacioWonder
Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering a private middle school. (315 pp.)
J Palacio
Paratore Sunny Holiday
Even though her father is in prison, spunky Sunny and her mother count their blessings and manage to find joy in every day. (160 pp.)
J Paratore
SovernThe Meaning of Maggie
Maggie has big plans--and big problems, like starting middle school and helping her unemployed father, who is in a wheelchair. (220 pp.)
J Sovern
WoodsThe Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. (222 pp.)
J Woods

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