Realistic Fiction

The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Written by Gail Shepherd Lyndon Baines Hawkins, Lyndie, is an 11-year-old girl whose life is changing in ways that she doesn’t like. She and her parents are moving in with her grandparents, her mother is not well and her father is dealing with his service in the Vietnam War. Lyndie wants her old life back, …

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Other Words for Home

I still smile at everyone in the street.Not everyone smiles back, though.When they don’t,I want to say,‘You don’t have to worry about me.I am just a girl who likes movies.’ –Jude, in Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home Written by Jasmine Warga This is the engaging story of Jude, a girl who lives in a …

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Take the Mic

Various Authors, Edited by Bethany C. Morrow This collection of short stories made me laugh, cry, scream, and also want to hide. Every story speaks for an individual experience in the confines of a wider culture. One story is not better than the others because they’re so unique, brimming with overt & covert meaning, and …

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Pie in the Sky

Written and Illustrated by Remy Lai How many lessons can be learned from a cake? Jingwen’s family moves from China to Australia, leaving behind his grandparents and friends. Jingwen feels like he moved to Mars. His inability to speak “martian” makes him isolated. His only companion is his annoying “booger” little brother, Yanghao, because the …

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The Moon Within

Written by Aida Salazar 11-year-old Celi Rivera’s body is quickly changing and with it, the promise of a period. For Celi, this means a moon ceremony to celebrate her transition from girl to young woman. Celi, however, doesn’t want to share the things happening to her body with other people. Celi also finds herself torn …

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