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Realistic Fiction

  Superfudge (Paperback) 

Superfudge

Judy Blume (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Friendship

Superfudge by Judy Blume is a humorous story about families and sibling rivalry and friendship. In this sequel to "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing", life is changing for 12-year-old Peter and 4-year-old Fudge. They are moving from New York City to Princeton, NJ, and the Hatcher family is having a new baby. Peter is upset that he has to leave his best friend Jimmy Fargo behind. Fudge is still full of antics; Peter doesn't want another sibling like Fudge. After moving to Princeton, Peter makes friends with Alex Santo, a boy who lives across the street. Just as life is looking up, Peter enters sixth grade in the same school Fudge starts kindergarten. Smart, lively and mischievous Fudge attends kindergarten a year early. This chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction is fast-paced, very funny, and has characters that kids can easily relate to. "Superfudge" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  The View from Saturday (Paperback) 

The View from Saturday

E. L. Konigsburg (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Friendship, School life

"The View from Saturday" written by E.L. Konigsburg is a Newbery Award-winning book in the genre of realistic fiction. E.L. Konigsburg depicts four sixth graders and their middle school teacher on their journey to win an Academic Bowl. Each of the six graders tells stories from his or her point of view. The four children become close friends despite their different personalities. "The View from Saturday" is a good book for kids in middle school.


  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Paperback) 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction

"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume is a humorous story, which children with younger siblings can relate to. Main character Peter, a fourth grader, has a two-year-old brother named Fudge, who gets into a lot of trouble. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is a good book to read aloud. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this very funny and entertaining chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction.


  Ramona the Pest (Paperback) 

Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby Series)

Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: School life

"Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary is a very funny chapter book about Ramona Quimby's kindergarten experience. The tale about Ramona starts with her first day of kindergarten, the greatest day of her life. Ramona loves her school and her teacher, Miss Binney, but somehow Ramona gets into a lot of trouble. Author Beverly Cleary is very good at seeing things through the eyes of children. She has created a very realistic and memorable character in Ramona. Children grade 2 and up can look back to their kindergarten year and enjoy this humorous story. "Ramona the Pest" is one of the best children's books for reading aloud.


  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Paperback) 

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, School life

"Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary is a Newbery Honor award-winning funny but realistic fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Ramona Quimby, who at age 8 is entering third grade. Changes are happening to her family. Money is tight, as Mr. Quimby returns to college to get a teaching degree and become an art teacher. With Mrs. Quimby working at a doctor's office, Ramona has to go to Howie's house after school. Ramona tries very hard to be nice to Howie's little sister Willa Jean, but Willa's grandma always blames Ramona when Willa makes a little fuss. Despite its quarrels and problems, the Quimby family sticks together. Life at school has its ups and downs too. Ramona is pretty upset when the egg she cracks on her head following a school fad is raw and not hard-boiled. Ramona is shocked to overhear her teacher, Mrs. Whaley, call her a show-off and a nuisance. Later on when they clear their misunderstanding, Ramona feels better about school. Many young readers can identify with Ramona Quimby, a lovable and believable character. "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" is a great book for children in third grade through sixth grade.


  Misty of Chincoteague (Paperback) 

Misty of Chincoteague

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

"Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry is a classic children's book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main characters in the chapter book, two children named Paul and Maureen, set their eyes on Phantom, the wildest horse on Assateague Island. They work really hard to earn enough to buy the horse. After twists and turns, the two children bring the wild mare and her colt Misty to their home on Chincoteague Island. In the end, they have to decide whether to set Phantom free. "Misty of Chincoteague", a Newbery Honor Book, appeals to children in third grade through seventh grade, especially kids who like good horse stories.


  Henry Huggins (Paperback) 

Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins Series)

Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

"Henry Huggins" by Beverly Cleary is a humorous story about a boy and his dog, Ribsy. After third grader Henry Huggins finds a stray dog at a drugstore, hilarious adventures follow, such as winning top prize in a dog show when Henry has mistakenly put pink powder on Ribsy. Henry Huggins is a memorable character that many children can relate to. Kids in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this funny chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction.


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