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Readers Advisory

Realistic Fiction:  Leisurely paced:  Families
Creech, Sharon.  Hate that cat.  Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.  (NoveList)

Creech, Sharon.   Love that dog.  A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, and an appearance at his school by Walter Dean Myers, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.  (NoveList)

Creech, Sharon.  Replay.   Leo’s noisy, boisterous family makes him feel like a squished sardine, and to escape he often drifts off into daydreams.  Then Leo gets a part in the school play, and although it may not be the best part, he’ll get to be the center of attention for once!  And maybe he’ll even make his weary Papa smile.  (NoveList)

Creech, Sharon.  Walk two moons.  After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route.  Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.  (NoveList)

Gleeson, Libby.   Mahtab’s story.  Mahtab and her family are forced to leave their home in Afghanistan and travel secretly to faraway Australia, a journey she must endure along with the disappearance of her father.  (NoveList)

Henkes, Kevin.  Bird Lake moon.  Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate, and ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer’s little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.  (NoveList)

Henkes, Kevin.  Protecting Marie.  The story of  twelve-year-old Fanny’s love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog.  (NoveList)

O’Connor, Sheila.  Sparrow Road.  Twelve-year-old Raine spends the summer at a mysterious artists’ colony and discovers a secret about her past.  (NoveList)

O’Dell, Scott.  Journey to Jericho.  All the way from the coal mines of West Virginia to the lumber towns of California where he is to be reunited with his father, David holds tight to a very special jar of watermelon pickles.  (NoveList)

Holt, Kimberly Willis.  Dancing in Cadillac light.  In 1968, eleven-year-old Jaynell’s life in the town of Moon, Texas, is enlivened when her eccentric Grandpap comes to live with her family.  (NoveList)

MacLachlan, Patricia.  Journey.  When their mother goes off, leaving her two children with their grandparents, they feel as if their past has been erased until Grandfather finds a way to restore it to them.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  Character driven:  Intergenerational
Blume, Lesley M. M.  Cornelia and the audacious escapades of the Somerset sisters.   Cornelia, eleven-years-old and lonely, learns about language and life from an elderly new neighbor who has many stories to share about the fabulous adventures she and her sisters had while traveling around the world.  (NoveList)

Little, Jean.  Spring begins in March.  Not only does Meg Copeland have to share a room with her handicapped sister, she even feels out of place with the rest of her family. And to make it worse, she’s having trouble in school and probably won’t move on to the next grade.  She’s certain she’s going to be a total failure.  (NoveList)

O’Connor, Barbara.  Greetings from nowhereIn North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains, a troubled boy and his mother, a happy family seeking adventure, a man and his lonely daughter, and the widow who must sell the run-down motel that has been her home for decades, meet and are transformed by their shared experiences.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  Character driven:  Blended families
Brooke, Lauren.   Love is a giftOn a visit to their father’s ranch in Australia, Lou has no difficulty accepting her father’s new wife, Helena, while Amy seeks refuge in the stables and in working with Spirit, the reluctant grey gelding trained by Helena.  (NoveList)

Ellis, Sarah.  Out of the blue.  Twelve-year-old Megan’s life is going along very smoothly until the appearance of the young adult daughter her mother gave up for adoption many years ago.  (NoveList)

Hicks, Betty.  Out of order.  Four youngsters, ages nine to fifteen, narrate one side of the story of their newly blended family’s adjustment, interwoven with grief and loss.  (NoveList)

Hicks, BettyI smell like ham.  Nick tries to maintain his sense of integrity as he works to succeed on the school basketball team, adjust to his new stepmother and little “dorky” stepbrother, and deal with peer pressure from his friends.  (NoveList)

Park, Barbara.  My mother got married: and other disasters.  Eleven-year-old Charles experiences many difficulties in adjusting to a new stepfather, stepsister, and stepbrother.  (NoveList)

Wilson, Jacqueline.  CandyflossWhen her mother plans to move to Australia with her new husband and baby, Floss must decide whether her loyalties lie with her mother or her father, while at the same time, her best friend begins to make fun of her and reject her.  (NoveList)

Wilson, Jacqueline.  Double act.  Ten-year-old identical twin girls Ruby and Garnet reluctantly adapt to changes in their family and themselves when their father starts dating and moves them to a small town to open a bookshop.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  Character driven:  Single parent families
Bateson, Catherine.  Stranded in Boringsville.  Following her parent’s separation, twelve-year-old Rain moves with her mother to the country, where she befriends the unpopular boy who lives next door and also seeks a way to cope with her feelings toward her father and his new girlfriend.  (NoveList)

Day, Karen.  A million miles from Boston.  Rising seventh-grader Lucy plans on a perfect summer at the Maine lake where her family has owned a cottage for decades, but the family of a classmate she dislikes has bought a home there and her widowed father is bringing a girlfriend to visit.  (NoveList)

Gantos, Jack.  What would Joey do?  Joey tries to keep his life from degenerating into total chaos when his mother sends him to be home-schooled with a hostile blind girl, his divorced parents cannot stop fighting, and his grandmother is dying of emphysema.  (NoveList)

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Wild girl.   When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.  (NoveList)

Spinelli, Jerry.  Eggs.  Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  Character driven:  Acceptance and belonging
Willner-Pardo, Gina.  Jason and the losers.  Following his parents’ divorce, a fifth grader goes to live with his aunt and uncle and attends a new school where he changes some attitudes about friendship.  (NoveList)

Henkes, Kevin.  Two under par.  Ten-year-old Wedge (nicknamed for his shape) is in the throes of getting to know his stepfather, King (Arthur), proprietor of Camelot, a miniature golf course.  Wedge, a lonely boy who has long needed a dad, realizes he’s found one at last.  With freshly observed details giving it verisimilitude, this simply told story of two imperfect people, ordinary people who find they need each other, has heartwarming power and genuineness.  (Kirkus Reviews)


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