Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Shakespeare makes the playoffs

by Ronald Koertge

Reviewer Rating:
4

Kevin from Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is back! In that book, Kevin was sidelined from baseball and learned that he also has a passion for writing poetry. In this book, he's still playing baseball, still writing poetry, and trying to balance the two. He's also dealing with his girlfriend Mira,...

By the time you read this, I'll be dead

by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:
4

How long can you be bullied and survive? Daelyn has reached her limit. For as long as she can remember, she has been teased, bullied and abused, emotionally, verbally, physically. The adults in her life have contributed to this by participating in or ignoring it. Daelyn has tried to unsuccessfully...

Boost

by Kathryn Mackel

Reviewer Rating:
3

While you might think this book is all about steroid use in sports (yes, the issue does come up), it wasn't the main focus. Boost is a portrait of a girl who is passionate about sports and is willing to work hard to meet her goals. Savvy and her family...

My invented life

by Lauren Bjorkman

Reviewer Rating:
3

Roz's sister and best friend Eva isn't talking to her. Roz isn't sure why--does it have something to do with Roz wanting Eva's boyfriend, Bryan? What about the fight that Roz had with her cheerleading friend Carmen? What about that lead role in Shakespeare's As You Like It that they're...

The last newspaper boy in America

by Sue Corbett

Reviewer Rating:
0

Every boy in Wil's family has taken over his small town's paper route on his 12th birthday. With Wil's birthday only a few days away, he's been practicing his paper tosses and learning the route - he can't wait until it's his turn! But on the day of Wil's birthday,...

How to say goodbye in Robot

by Natalie Standiford

Reviewer Rating:
0

Two oddballs, Bea and Jonah (aka Robot Girl and Ghost Boy) become unlikely friends when Bea arrives at a new school. They share an interest in listening to obscure radio shows, dressing up in costumes to go out, and photography. But things take a turn when Jonah discovers a huge...

Al Capone shines my shoes

by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts, Moose, Natalie, and all the Alcatraz kids are back, and this time, Al Capone wants a favor for getting Natalie into a private school. Can Moose do what Al wants without anyone else figuring it out? There could be trouble if...

Hate list

by Jennifer Brown

Reviewer Rating:
4

How do you move on after a school shooting? What if it's your boyfriend who did it? What if people think that you helped him decide who to shoot? What if you're not sure whether you're happy you lived, even though you were shot that day? Valerie has a lot...

Destroy all cars

by Blake Nelson

Reviewer Rating:
3

Cameron Smith has his opinions, especially about consumerism and the environment. He expresses these opinions through essays he turns in as English assignments, often getting them back with the feedback that he needs to focus, stop ranting, and back up his points. Throughout the year, he tries to get over...

The sky always hears me : and the hills don't mind

by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Reviewer Rating:
4

Morgan just wants to get out of her small town in Central Nowhere, see what else is out there in the world. Until then, she has her boyfriend, Derek, who she likes, but not THAT much, Rob, who she works with at the grocery store, who she really DOES like,...

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