Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

The sweet life of Stella Madison

by Lara M Zeises

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0

Stella Madison is bouncing through her life like a rubber ball. Bouncing between foodie parents who have been separated for 6 years--but they must still be in love, because they haven't gotten divorced, right? Bouncing between her sweet, reliable, boyfriend, Max, and Jeremy, her mother's new kitchen intern, who she's...

Crash into me

by Albert Borris

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Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have their own unique problems, but they all want to deal with them in the same way--by committing suicide. They met online, but now are going to meet in person for a final road trip. Their plan: visit the gravesites of celebrities who have committed...

A bottle in the Gaza Sea

by Valérie Zenatti

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Tal is Jewish and lives in Israel. Her parents are always talking about peace and the Palestinians getting their own country, but it seems to Tal that the Palestinians hate the Israelis and she wants to know why. So Tal writes a letter and puts it in a bottle in...

No castles here

by A. C. E Bauer

Reviewer Rating:
3

Augie scrapes by, trying to be invisible and not attract the notice of the bullies in his neighborhood. Recent events in his life are making Augie more noticeable. He has a new friend, Walter, from the Big Brother program. He's joined the school chorus. And he's been reading a seemingly...

Slob

by Ellen Potter

Reviewer Rating:
3

Owen is the fattest kid in school. It wasn't always that way, but things have changed for him recently. Owen has a lot to figure out. Luckily, he's got a near genius IQ, and a knack for inventing things, like a receiver that can pick up TV signals from the...

North of beautiful

by Justina Chen Headley

Reviewer Rating:
4

Terra has lived her whole life according to maps–the maps her father is obsessed with, the port wine stain birthmark on her face, the path her father has decided she should take. Terra has her own ideas about art, beauty, and getting out of her small Washington town, but her...

The secret life of Prince Charming

by Deb Caletti

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Quinn adores her charming and artistic father; but he seems to go through a lot of women. When Quinn and her sister, Sprout, are on one of their weekend visits, Quinn discovers that some of her father's prized possessions, the ones with the fabulous stories, have women's names on them....

Solving Zoe

by Barbara Dee

Reviewer Rating:
3

What do losing your best friend and codes have in common? These are the most important things to Zoe Bennett. Zoe's in 6th grade. She's not super in math or a star performer like her siblings. She's just Zoe, and she doesn't know what makes her special. Her best friend...

Melonhead

by Katy Kelly

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Melonhead (otherwise known as Adam Melon) always seems to be getting into trouble because he forgets to tell his mom something, like that he has a pet snake, or that he takes a shortcut home on the rooftops of his neighbors' houses. When an invention contest is announced at school,...

Retaliation : a novel

by Yasmin Shiraz

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Tashera was a good kid who kept her head down in the neighborhood, staying out of trouble. When she starts dating Ahmed, a jealous ex-girlfriend and her friends jump Tashera and send her to the hospital. Tashera's brother, who used to be big in a gang until a bullet put...

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