Reviews and Blog Posts: Realistic Fiction

Ivy takes care

by Rosemary Wells

Reviewer Rating:
3

Ivy Takes Care is a gentle book set in 1949. Ivy’s parents work on a ranch in Nevada.  The family doesn’t have much money.  Ivy’s best friend Annie comes from a wealthy family and Annie will be going away all summer to an elite summer camp.  Annie is getting more...

Third grade angels

by Jerry Spinelli

Reviewer Rating:
3

Suds is entering third grade.  He is very excited to be one of the new “third grade angels.”  His school follows the rhyme, "First grade babies, second grade cats, third grade angels, fourth grade rats."  Suds is done with being a baby and a cat.  Now he is an angel. ...

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

by Matthew Quick

Reviewer Rating:
4

Nothing spreads sunshine and roses like a teen murder/suicide novel. From Matthew Quick, the author or Silver Linings Playbook and Sorta Like a Rockstar, comes the story of Leonard Peacock, a jaded, sarcastic 18 year old who has decidedly unhappy plans for his birthday. He is going to kill Asher...

Butter

by Erin Jade Lange

Reviewer Rating:
4

Butter is so obese that he doesn't even get teased at school any more--he is invisible. He has an online relationship with Anna, who has no idea who he really is, a few friends from FitFab, where he goes every summer, and his saxophone, which he turns to for comfort...

The first part last

by Angela Johnson

Reviewer Rating:
4

Sixteen-year-old Bobby used to spend his days shooting hoops and eating pizza, but now his life revolves around his newborn daughter, Feather. Bobby loves his daughter more than anything else, but this story does not romanticize the sleepless nights and stress of teenage parenthood. Told in alternating chapters that travel...

Rosebush

by Michele Jaffe

Reviewer Rating:
4

Jane doesn't remember leaving the party. She just knows she woke up the next day in a hospital room, paralyzed, being told she's lucky to be alive after that car hit her. But was it an accident, or is someone trying to kill her? As Jane's memories slowly return, she...

Scars

by C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield

Reviewer Rating:
4

Kendra has been in therapy to deal with the memories that are coming back to her about the abuse she was subjected to as a child. While therapy, and art, and friends and teachers help, Kendra still feels the need to cut herself to relieve the pressure and make herself...

The strange case of Origami Yoda

by Tom Angleberger

Reviewer Rating:
0

Dwight is a pretty strange kid and isn't super popular at school. One day, he shows up with an origami Yoda finger puppet on his hand that gives out advice. The weird thing: Yoda is always right! The force really is with origami Yoda! Yoda helps kids do better in...

Nature Girl

by Jane (Jane Alice) Kelley

Reviewer Rating:
3

Megan is stuck in VT with her artist parents for the summer. She'd rather be home in NYC, or with her best friend, Lucy, who is in MA for the summer. Here, there is no internet, no cell phone reception, and no TV. There IS mandatory art time every morning...

Shakespeare makes the playoffs

by Ronald Koertge

Reviewer Rating:
4

Kevin from Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is back! In that book, Kevin was sidelined from baseball and learned that he also has a passion for writing poetry. In this book, he's still playing baseball, still writing poetry, and trying to balance the two. He's also dealing with his girlfriend Mira,...

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