Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Cleary, B. (1983). Dear Mr. Henshaw. NY: Morrow.
Dear Mr. Henshaw is the story of a young boy who begins writing letters to his favorite author.  Through his letters, he explains his life now since his parents separation.  From the advice of his favorite author he begins writing in a diary as well.  This is a funny and interesting story of a boy that is finding his place in his new life.

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Draper, S. (2010). Out of my Mind. NY: Atheneum.
Melody is an eleven year old girl who has never spoken before.  She has a photographic memory and may be the smartest girl in the school, but nobody knows because she can't communicate with anyone. With the help of her parents and an eccentric neighbor that cares for her, she is eventually able to communicate with others. That is when things get interesting.  She is now communicating, but not everyone at her school is ready to hear her, or understand how intelligent she really is.
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Lord, C. (2008). Rules. NY: Scholastic.
A young girl makes social rules for her younger brother to follow.  She makes these rules because he is autistic and doesn't understand rules.  This is a story of a young girl learning how to be happy with the life she was given.  With the help of a new special friend she learns to just be herself and be happy in her life.
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Urban, L. (2009). A Crooked Kind of Perfect. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect is the story of a young girl that just wants to be a pianist and play at Carnegie Hall.  She is waiting for her parents to get her a piano so she can begin lessons, but when her troubled father comes home with an organ instead, her plans change. Quirky and interesting characters make this a fun and heartfelt story.
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 Pastis, S. (2010). Timmy Failure. NY: Candelwick Press.
Timmy Failure is a young boy that runs his own detective business with the help if his partner, who is a polar bear named Total.  In this book he explains the ups and downs of the detective business through funny drawings and sarcastic commentary.
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 Paterson, K. (1972). Bridge to Terabithia. NY: Crown.
Jess is a young boy growing up in a small country town.  When a young city girl moves next door, they become close friends.  His new friend introduces him to her world of imagination and they create the world of Terabithia. When a sudden tragedy happens, Jess is forced to grow up and learn to live in his world that is now forever changed.
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