Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Parrotfish

by Ellen Wittlinger

Reviewer Rating:
4

Angie never felt like a girl. From not liking dresses to not feeling right when told to lineup by gender for gym class, her whole life leads up to one little change that makes a big difference. Angie becomes Grady, she is now he, and he becomes comfortable with himself...

Girl at sea

by Maureen Johnson

Reviewer Rating:
0

Clio's father is an adventurer and a charmer, but the qualities that make him fun are the same qualities that make him difficult. Out of the blue, her dad wants Clio to join him on a yacht in the Mediterranean for the summer. Clio has just accepted a job at...

How to get suspended and influence people

by Adam Selzer

Reviewer Rating:
0

Leon isn't very popular and hangs out with the "brains" and he's fine with that. But when he is assigned a project to make a new sex-ed video for the 6th and 7th graders, Leon finds himself the center of a lot of attention, both good and bad. This book...

My last skirt : the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier

by Lynda Durrant

Reviewer Rating:
0

Jennie Hodgers lived in a time before women were allowed to work, or even wear pants, so when she insisted on doing both, she was an outcast. She pretended to be a man first as a shepherd in Ireland, then as an immigrant farmhand in American, and finally as a...

7 days at the hot corner

by Terry Trueman

Reviewer Rating:
0

This should be the best time of Scott's life: He's a star senior on the baseball team. His future in the big leagues is bright. He plays third base or the "hot corner," where anything can happen. Then he learns that anything can happen in life, too. An article about...

The taker

by J. M Steele

Reviewer Rating:
0

Carly Biels has just ruined her life. Or at least bombed the SAT, which is the same thing, right? She's worried about disappointing her teachers, her parents, and her boyfriend by not being able to get in to Princeton. Then she's contacted by a mysterious person offering to take the...

Wide awake

by David Levithan

Reviewer Rating:
4

In the not-too-distant future, a gay Jewish man is elected president of the U.S. The governor of Kansas opposes his election, and demands a recount in his state. As these events unfold through the eyes of 16-year-old Duncan and his friends, they also start questioning their own beliefs, commitments, and...

Far from Xanadu

by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:
0

Mike has dealt with a lot in her short life--the death of her father, her mother's increasing isolation, few future prospects in her small Kansas town. She finds hope in being strong on the softball field and at the gym. But then, another source of hope comes to town-Xanadu, the...

Between Mom and Jo

by Julie Anne Peters

Reviewer Rating:
4

Fourteen-year-old Nick has a lot to deal with in his life, but right now the worst thing that is happening is that his moms, Erin and Jo, are splitting up. Nick looks back on growing up in his different family -- getting teased, being protected, fun times and hard times,...

Pieces of Georgia : a novel

by Jennifer Bryant

Reviewer Rating:
0

Georgia McCoy doesn't know how she'll fill up the empty journal she was given by her guidance counselor because she's at risk--her mom died a few years ago, her dad doesn't communicate much, and she feels like she has to hide her artistic tendencies from him because they remind him...

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