Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Fiction/fictionalized memoir set in the contemporary world.

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First Chapter Books

Anna Hibiscus
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
Blackberry Juice
Cobble Street Cousins
Gloria’s Way
Go Well, Anna Hibiscus
Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus
Here Comes Lolo
The Jamie and Angus Stories
Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1
Juana & Lucas
Lulu and the Cat in the Bag
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Lulu and the Hamster in the Night
Lulu and the Hedgehog in the Rain
Meet Yasmin

More Stories Julian Tells
My Happy Life
My Heart is Laughing
The No 1 Car Spotter
Not for Sale
Ruby Lu, Brave and True
See You When I See You
Seven Kisses in a Row
Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister?
Starring Grace
The Stories Julian Tells
Teeny Houdini: The Disappearing Act
Too Small Tola
Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot
Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat
Waiting for Sophie
Where Dani Goes Happy Follows
Wolfie & Fly

Elementary and Middle Grade Fiction

The ACB with Honora Lee
Adventures with Waffles
Alabama Moon
All of the Above
All’s Happy that Ends Happy
Amal Unbound
Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea
The Applewhites at Wits End
Astrid the Unstoppable
Azzi in Between
Becca Fair and Foul
Becoming Naomi Leon
Beverly, Right Here
Black Brother, Black Brother
A Boy Called Bat
Brown Girl Dreaming
Carry Me Home

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
Clarice Bean: Think Like an Elf
Class Act
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness
Cody and the Heart of a Champion
Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster
Dragon Hoops
A Duet for Home
Efren Divided
El Deafo
Every Single Second
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Front Desk
Garvey’s Choice
Gone to Drift
Heart of a Shepherd
Here in the Real World

Home of the Brave
Hope in the Holler
Inside Out & Back Again
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel
Jane, the Fox, and Me
Keeping Score
Land of the Cranes
Lena, the Sea, and Me
Liar and Spy
Little Man
Lola Levine is Not Mean
A Long Pitch Home
A Long Walk to Water
Louis Undercover
Louisiana’s Way Home
The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe
New Kid
Nobody Can Stop Don Carlo

Pay Attention, Carter Jones
The Penderwicks
A Piglet Called Truffle
The Prettiest
Rain Reign
Raymie Nightingale
Red Butterfly
The Red Pencil
Rickshaw Girl
Ruby Lee & Me
Ruby on the Outside
The Runaways
Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan
Sam the Man and the Dragon Van Plan
Sam the Man and the Rutabaga Plan
Sam the Man and the Secret Detective Club Plan
Samira Surfs
Saving Winslow
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea
Sleeping with the Light On
Small Mercies
Sunny Makes a Splash
Sunny Rolls the Dice
Sunny Side Up
Surviving the Applewhites
Swing It Sunny
Three Keys
Ting Ting
Towers Falling
The Turtle of Michigan
The Turtle of Oman
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue
Ways to Grow Love
Ways to Make Sunshine
We Could Be Heroes
The Wednesday Wars
Wild Wings
The Year of Billy Miller
A Year Without Mom

Older Teens

All American Boys
Dragon Hoops
Good Enough
Ground Zero
Orbiting Jupiter
Sparrow Road