Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Map of Ireland : a novel

by Stephanie Grant

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Ann Ahern has a crush on her French teacher. It doesn't disturb her that Mademoiselle Eugenie is a woman, but it does disturb her that she's Black. It's 1974, and Boston is still struggling with the Civil Rights movement, instituting busing between neighborhoods to desegregate the schools. Ann's Catholic Irish-American...

Down to the bone

by Mayra L Dole

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Laura thinks her life is over when she gets thrown out of Catholic school, and then her mother's house, after being found out as a "tortillera"–Cuban slang for lesbian–but these things are only the beginning for her. Over the course of the next year, Laura leaves school entirely, works full...

Frannie in pieces

by Delia Ephron

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Just one week before she turns 15, Frannie's father dies. Frannie and her dad had a special connection–they were both artists. Her mother and stepfather don't understand that part of her, and now Frannie feels that no one ever will. Going through her dad's things, Frannie finds a carved wooden...

From Alice to Zen and everyone in between : a novel

by E. J. (Elizabeth Jane) Atkinson

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Alice has just moved from Boston to the suburbs. She has lots to be excited about: a big house with a yard, and she'll be starting middle school this year. Zen, one of the first kids she meets, seems kind of weird. He has a room full of craft projects...

Phineas L. MacGuire...gets slimed!

by Frances O'Roark Dowell

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Phineas is a fourth grade boy whose goal in life is to be a genius scientist. Phineas wants to create a mold museum. He grows different kinds of molds at home. Everyone thinks mold is gross, but Phineas thinks it's really cool and wants to convince everyone that they should...

Camel rider

by Prue Mason

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Adam and his family are Australians living in a fancy compound in the Middle East. Walid is an abused boy who rides camels in the popular sport of camel racing. When war breaks out, Adam is separated from his family and Walid manages to escape the camel masters. The two...

Another kind of cowboy

by Susan Juby

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This is the story of two very different riders. Alex grew up pretending his bike was a horse, wanting to escape and ride dressage, not be the roping cowboy his father imagines him as. Cleo grew up spoiled; getting everything she wanted from her rich, absentee parents. She's sent to...

Someday this pain will be useful to you

by Peter Cameron

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James Sveck is not really happy, not really sure of his future, wonders how he fits in. This 18 year old New Yorker has the summer to figure some things out. His parents are pressuring him to go to college, but he's been obsessively looking at houses in small towns...

Every Friday

by Dan Yaccarino

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Every Friday, dad and son walk through the city to the corner diner. They say hello to the people they pass, they window shop, they watch the building going up on the corner. They are not rushing; they take time to notice details of the city. They are regulars at...

Hear us out! : lesbian and gay stories of struggle, progress and hope, 1950 to the present

by Nancy Garden

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This isn't just a collection of short stories–it's a history lesson. Before each set of stories, 2 from each decade from the 1950s to today, there are a few detailed pages on what life was life for GLBT folks during that decade, with a particular focus on what it was...

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