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What is Realistic Fiction?

Realistic fiction is written from the author's imagination. The story seems like it could really happen, in real life, today! Realistic fiction might have family, friends, school, sports, or pets in it. The characters have problems like most people really have, like trying to find a good friend, or getting along with a brother or sister, or wanting to win an important game.

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The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand

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Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper
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Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time

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Pie - Sarah Weeks
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes

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The Third Wheel - Jeff Kinney
A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down until an unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend Rowley the odd man out.

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Gloria Rising - Ann Cameron; Lis Toft (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374326754
Publication Date: 2002-03-21
A chance meeting with a woman astronaut encourages Gloria to try to be her best self, even with her difficult fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Yardley

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Clementine, Friend of the Week - Sara Pennypacker
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building

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Amber Brown Goes Fourth - Paula Danziger; Tony Ross (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399228497
Publication Date: 1995-09-28
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce

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Angel Spreads Her Wings - Judy Delton; Jill Weber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395910064
Publication Date: 1999-04-26
Angel, whose active imagination always causes her to expect the worst, is given many new things to worry about when her stepfather plans to move the family to Greece for the summer

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Scat - Carl Hiaasen
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing

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Back to School, Mallory - Laurie Friedman; Tamara Schmitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1575056585
Publication Date: 2004-01-08
After moving, eight-year-old Mallory struggles with being new at school, especially because her mother is now the music teacher and director of the third grade play

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Moving Day - Meg Cabot
ISBN: 0545040418
Publication Date: 2009-02-01
Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.(Series)

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Clementine - Sara Pennypacker; Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786838833
Publication Date: 2008-02-15
Clementine, a not-so-common third grader, knows her way around the principal's office as well as she does the art-supply closet. Daily rituals take on a different view when seen from her eyes. She's constantly being told that she needs to pay attention, but to her mind she is paying attention and making astute observations. Whether looking out the window during the Pledge of Allegiance at the janitor locked in an embrace with the lunch lady or dealing with a pesky pigeon problem at her apartment building, her concentration is always focused. Clementine goes to great lengths to be friends with fourth-grade neighbor, Margaret, but more times than not, both girls end up in trouble. Humorous scenarios tumble together, blending picturesque dialogue with a fresh perspective as only the unique Clementine can offer. When the protagonist pleads to skip school because of a self-inflicted haircut fiasco, she tries to convince her mom that she must have caught arthritis from old Mrs. Jacobi or has possibly come down with the heartbreak of sore irises. Frazee's engaging pen-and-ink drawings capture the energy and fresh-faced expressions of the irrepressible heroine. And even though she confesses that I do not think fathers should be comedians, her parents are portrayed as being fairly cool. A delightful addition to any beginning chapter-book collection. Series

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The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
ISBN: 0440420474
Publication Date: 2007-03-13
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.

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The Thing about Luck - Cynthia Kadohata; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416918820
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck—which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family.

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Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm
ISBN: 037583690X
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
It's 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida.

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Some Friend - Marie Bradby
ISBN: 9781416934523
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
In 1963, Pearl, an eleven-year-old black girl in Fairfax, Virginia, learns about the real nature of friendship from the popular but untrustworthy Lenore, and Artemesia, a poor girl who moves into the neighborhood for a brief time.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
ISBN: 9780375869020
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
en-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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The Report Card - Andrew Clements
ISBN: 9780689845246
Publication Date: 2006-01-01
Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius from everyone because all she wants is to be normal, but when she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are not important, things begin to get out of control.

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Ida B - Katherine Hannigan
ISBN: 0060730242
Publication Date: 2004-08-17
n Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.

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Anastasia Krupnik - Lois Lowry
ISBN: 9780440408529
Publication Date: 1984-11-01
Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother. Series

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Liar and Spy - Rebecca Stead
ISBN: 9780385737432
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

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The Sisters Club - Megan McDonald
ISBN: 158485782X
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
In Acton, Oregon, sisters Alex, Stevie and Joey take turns telling about their lives, including their long line of actor ancestors, creative family dinners, toe marshmallows, swearing in Shakespeare, and the Sisters Club

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Rule of Three - Megan Mcdonald; Pamela A. Consolazio (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763641535
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
n Acton, Oregon, sisters Alex, Stevie, and Joey take turns telling about their lives, including auditioning for the same part in the school musical, baking contest-worthy cupcakes, and becoming obsessed with "Little Women"

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Honeysuckle House - Andrea Cheng
ISBN: 1886910995
Publication Date: 2004-04-28
Am all-American girl with Chinese ancestors and a new immigrant from China find little in common when they meet in their fourth grade classroom, but they are both missing their best friends and soon discover other connections

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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters - Lesley M. M. Blume
ISBN: 0375835237
Publication Date: 2006-07-11
Cornelia, eleven-years-old and lonely, learns about language and life from an elderly new neighbor who has many stories to share about the fabulous adventures she and her sisters had while traveling around the world

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Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0060233346
Publication Date: 1994-05-19
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

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It's Raining Cupcakes - Lisa Schroeder
ISBN: 9781416990840
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of seeing the world but has never left Oregon, and so when her best friend, Sophie, tells her of a baking contest whose winners travel to New York City, she eagerly enters despite concerns about her mother, who is opening a cupcake bakery. Includes recipes

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A Crooked Kind of Perfect - Linda Urban
ISBN: 9780152060077
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life

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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - Julie Andrews Edwards; Laszlo Kubinyi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060218053
Publication Date: 1999-09-08
With help from an eccentric professor who gives their imaginations special intensive training, three children succeed in locating the last of the great Whangdoodles and granting his heart's desire.

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Mitch and Amy - Beverly Cleary; Bob Marstall (Illustrator); Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator); Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688108067
Publication Date: 2008-12-30
The adventures of nine years old twin brother and sister who, despite constant bickering
and fighting, work together to confront the school bully and make friends.

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The Candymakers - Wendy Mass
ISBN: 9780316002585
Publication Date: 2010-10-05
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary AssociationÕs annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process

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11 Birthdays - Wendy Mass
ISBN: 9780545052399
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again

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When Heaven Fell - Carolyn Marsden
ISBN: 9780763631758
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
When her grandmother reveals that the daughter that she had given up for adoption is coming from America to visit her Vietnamese family, nine-year-old Binh is convinced that her newly-discovered aunt is wealthy and will take care of all the family's needs

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Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 037582233X
Publication Date: 2002-05-14
Stargirl is a book about a girl who's different from anyone else. In the book, Stargirl has been home-schooled all her life. At her new school, everyone is the same and only cares about their own business. Mature readers

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Blubber - Judy Blume
ISBN: 0689849745
Publication Date: 2002-12-01
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a targe

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Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 014032724X
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive. Series

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The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618979745
Publication Date: 2008-03-31
In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny

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Belly Up - Stuart Gibbs
ISBN: 9781416987314
Publication Date: 2010-05-18
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered

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Dumpling Days - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125901
Publication Date: 2012-01-02
When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage

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Alvin Ho - Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Call Number: 9780375839146
ISBN: 9780375839146
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything (Series)

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Rules - Cynthia Lord
ISBN: 9780439443838
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
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 an young paraplegic.

 

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Chomp - Carl Hiaasen
ISBN: 9780375868429
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

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Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
ISBN: 0375821813
Publication Date: 2002-09-10
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site

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Holes - Louis Sachar
ISBN: 0374332657
Publication Date: 1998-08-20
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself

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Ruby Holler - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 0060277327
Publication Date: 2002-03-26
Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler

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Pictures of Hollis Woods - Patricia Reilly Giff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0385326556
Publication Date: 2002-09-10
Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. When Hollis is sent to Josie, she’ll do everything in her power to make sure they stay together.

 

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup - Sharon Creech; Chris Raschka (Illustrator); Creech
ISBN: 0060292903
Publication Date: 2003-07-29
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door

 

Lemonade War

 

Out of My Mind

 

Third Wheel

 

Hard Luck

 

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Abby - Wolfram Hanel; Alan Marks (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1558586490
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
Abby the dog is Moira's best friend, and when she accidentally is poisoned, Moira tends to her all through the day and night, even after everyone else has given up hope for her recovery

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Beany and the Meany - Susan Wojciechowski; Susanna Natti (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763626309
Publication Date: 2005-05-10
When Beany's best friend Carol Ann pairs with the new girl at school to create a science project, Beany must work with Kevin the bully

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Jenny Archer to the Rescue - Ellen Conford; Diane Palmisciano (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316153699
Publication Date: 1992-10-01
After perfecting her first aid skills, Jenny is disappointed in not finding anyone to rescue and decides to invent her own emergencies

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Starting with Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ISBN: 9781442446427
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
After she, her older brother, and their father move from Chicago to Maryland, Alice has trouble fitting into her new third grade class, but with the help of some new friends and her own unique outlook, she survives. (Series)

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
ISBN: 0142408816
Publication Date: 2007-04-05
Two is a crowd when Peter and his four-year-old brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

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Fourth Grade Rats - Jerry Spinelli
ISBN: 0590442449
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry. Suds knows that now that he's in fourth grade, he's supposed to be a rat. But whenever he tries to act like one, something goes wrong. Can Suds's friend Joey teach him to toughen up...or will Suds remain a fourth grade wimp?

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
ISBN: 9780810993136
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
First book in series) Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

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Alice-Miranda at School - Jacqueline Harvey
ISBN: 9780385739948
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
Soon after arriving at the Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, resourceful seven-and-one-quarter-year-old Alice-Miranda finds her new boarding school to be a very curious establishment with no flowers in the gardens, a headmistress that has not been seen for years, and a mysterious stranger that seems to be hiding out on the premises.

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Same Sun Here - Silas House; Neela Vaswani; Hilary Schenker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763664510
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

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The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin
ISBN: 031606002X
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.(Series)

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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Wan-Long Shang; Wendy Wan-long Shang
ISBN: 0545162165
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Eleven-year-old aspriring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year.

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Ribsy - Beverly Cleary; Louis Darling (Illustrator); Tracy Dockray (Illustrator); Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780380709557
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
While Henry Huggins and his family are on a shopping expedition, Ribsy gets lost in the parking lot. Thinking he's found the car, he hops in and falls asleep, only to be awakened by five noisy children. Ribsy's adventures have just begun as he tries to get back to Henry. (Series)

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Journey to America - Sonia Levitin; Charles Robinson (Illustrator); Sonia Levitin
ISBN: 9780689711305
Publication Date: 1987-04-30
A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures innumerable separations before they are once again united.

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Superfudge - Judy Blume
ISBN: 0525469303
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother Fudge

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Just Grace - Charise Mericle Harper
ISBN: 9780618646425
Publication Date: 2007-04-23
Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire Series

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Dear Mr. Henshaw - Beverly Cleary; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688024068
Publication Date: 1983-08-22
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths - Sara Pennypacker
ISBN: 9780061964206
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
A foster child named Angel and eleven-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

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The Higher Power of Lucky - Susan Patron; Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1416901949
Publication Date: 2006-11-07
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life

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Everything on a Waffle - Polly Horvath
ISBN: 0374322368
Publication Date: 2001-04-04
Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

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Alvin Ho - Lenore Look; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375839146
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything Series

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Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545027892
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. BenÕs story is told in words; Rose's in pictures

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Troublemaker - Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416949305
Publication Date: 2011-07-26
When his older brother gets in serious trouble, sixth-grader Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways, but he cannot seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker

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A Whole Nother Story - Cuthbert Soup; Jeffrey Stewart Timmins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781599904351
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
Ethan Cheeseman and his children, ages eight, twelve, and fourteen, hope to settle in a nice small town, at least long enough to complete work on a time machine, but spies and goverment agents have been pursuing them for two years and are about to catch up

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Sahara Special - Esmé Raji Codell
ISBN: 9780786816118
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup - Sharon Creech; Chris Raschka (Illustrator); Creech
ISBN: 0060292903
Publication Date: 2003-07-29
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door

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Judy Moody - Megan Mcdonald; Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763606855
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage
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The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805070605
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance. Series

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The Moffats - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152025410
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Relates the adventures and misadventures of the four Moffat children living with their widowed mother in a yellow house on New Dollar Street in the small town of Cranbury, Connecticut.

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Navy Brat - Kimberly Willis Holt; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312625481
Publication Date: 2011-03-29
Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida. Series

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Here's the Thing about Me - Katy Kelly; Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440420262
Publication Date: 2006-03-14
Eight-year-old Lucy Rose keeps a diary of her first year in Washington, D.C., her home since her parents separation, where she spends time with her grandparents, makes new friends, and longs to convince her teacher to let her take care of the class pet during a holiday.

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Drita, My Homegirl - Jenny Lombard
ISBN: 9780142409053
Publication Date: 2008-05-15
When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.

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Half and Half - Lensey Namioka
ISBN: 9780440418900
Publication Date: 2004-11-09
At Seattle's annual Folk Fest, twelve-year-old Fiona and her older brother are torn between trying to please their Chinese grandmother and making their Scottish grandparents happy.

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A Room with a Zoo - Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786837020
Publication Date: 2005-09-06
Nine-year-old Julie loves animals. So much it seems that she's assembling a zoo in her room. But, what she really wants is a dog

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger
ISBN: 9780810984257
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key - Jack Gantos
ISBN: 0374336644
Publication Date: 1998-10-14
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired

 

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Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great - Judy Blume
ISBN: 0525469281
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
A summer in Tarrytown, New York, is a lot of fun for ten-year-old Sheila even though her friends make her face up to some self-truths she does not want to admit

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Iggie's House - Judy Blume
ISBN: 0027110400
Publication Date: 1982-12-01
When an African American family with three children moves into her white neighborhood, eleven-year-old Winnie learns the difference between being a good neighbor and being a good friend

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Extra Credit - Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416949299
Publication Date: 2009-06-23
As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides--sixth-grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and eleven-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other

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Lost and Found - Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416909859
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray 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 on

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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook - Joanne Rocklin
ISBN: 9781419701924
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
As ten-year-old Oona and her younger brother conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook's previous lives.

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Touch Blue - Cynthia Lord
ISBN: 9780545035316
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school's population

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths - Sara Pennypacker
ISBN: 9780061964206
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

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The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate; Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061992254
Publication Date: 2012-01-17
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

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Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhhà Lai
ISBN: 9780061962783
Publication Date: 2011-02-22
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabam

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The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart; Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316057776
Publication Date: 2007-03-07
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules

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My One Hundred Adventures - Polly Horvath
ISBN: 9780375845826
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
Twelve-year-old Jane, who lives at the beach in a run-down old house with her mother, two brothers, and sister, has an eventful summer accompanying her pastor on bible deliveries, meeting former boyfriends of her motherÕs, and being coerced into babysitting for a family of ill-mannered children

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Nim's Island - Wendy Orr; Kerry Millard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375811230
Publication Date: 2001-03-13
Nim loves her island home and the animals she shares it with even while her scientist father is away doing research, but trouble is on the way and a new e-mail friend could be the only one who can help

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Highway Cats - Janet Taylor Lisle; David Frankland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399250705
Publication Date: 2008-09-18
A hard-bitten group of mangy highway cats is changed forever after the mysterious arrival of three kittens

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The Year of the Book - Andrea Cheng; Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547684635
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

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Only One Year - Andrea Cheng; Nicole Wong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600602528
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Nine-year-old Sharon has conflicted feelings towards her copycat little sister and rambunctious toddler brother, who is sent to China for a year to live with relative

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The Year of the Fortune Cookie - Andrea Cheng; Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544105195
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Eleven-year-old Anna takes a trip to China and learns more about herself and her Chinese heritage.

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