Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Ten things I hate about me

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Jaime just wants to fit in. Rather than deal with the harassment and racism her other classmates of Arab descent face, she dyes her hair blonde, puts in contacts that make her eyes blue and doesn't tell people much about herself. She has a horrible secret: she's of Lebanese-Muslim descent...

Anything but typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Jason Blake is 12, and autistic. He knows enough about NTs (that's neurotypicals) to know that he doesn't quite fit in, and to worry about it, but sometimes he just can't help himself, like when it feels like his hair is on fire, or when standing on the grass hurts....

The carbon diaries 2015

by Saci Lloyd

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Do you think climate change is a problem? Ever thought about the day-to-day, real life consequences of things like shifting weather patterns, fuel shortages, and nations struggling with what to do to lower their energy use? For a glimpse at a possible near future, take a peek at Laura's diary....

Slam

by Nick Hornby

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Things are going pretty well for Sam. He's getting better at skateboarding, his mum has a nice new boyfriend and he met a pretty girl at a party. The pretty girl ends up being his girlfriend and they spend loads of time together watching TV and hanging out. But then...

The last exit to normal

by Michael B Harmon

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When Ben was 14, his father announced he was gay. Ben's mother left, leaving Ben with his dad, and eventually his dad's partner, Edward. Ben thinks it was pretty selfish of his dad to marry someone and have a kid all the while knowing that he was gay, and he...

Waiting for normal

by Leslie Connor

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Addie and her Mommers have just moved to a new part of town - to a busy corner in a little trailer. Addie likes small spaces and new places so she thinks it will be okay. She can still play flute in school and makes friends with the people over...

Artichoke's heart

by Suzanne Supplee

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Rosemary is just about to turn sixteen and she has been fat all her life. Her mom and her aunt are always needling her and gave her a treadmill for Christmas! It's her life; why do they care what she looks like? But when her mom is diagnosed with cancer...

Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci

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March, 2002. The United States is still reeling from the September 11 attacks, but hasn't gone to war yet. Are the terrorists still out there? Two mothers on the same street in New Jersey die of brain aneurysms on the same night. Coincidence? Maybe, but then some of their children,...

I get so hungry

by Bebe Moore Campbell

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Nikki loves to eat - she loves the taste of food, it makes her feel better when she's sad, and she can even vent her anger by pretending each crunchy chip is a mean boy. But Nikki's mama packs unhealthy food in her lunch and she gets called "Supersize" because...

How to be bad

by E Lockhart

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Jesse, Vicks, and Mel all work at the Waffle House. Jesse and Vicks are best friends and Mel is the new girl. Jesse has just found out that her mom has cancer and doesn't know how to cope. Vicks' boyfriend has been gone to college for two weeks and she...

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