Realistic fiction is a story that could have actually happened. These stories resemble real life, and fictional characters within these stories react similarly to real people.Looking for a realistic fiction? Try some of these authors and titles...
Middle School Ideas for Realistic Fiction
by Hena Khan; Abigail Dela Cruz (Illustrator)
Call Number: FIC Kha
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.
Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England.
by Elly Swartz
Call Number: FIC Swa
To twelve-year-old Molly, perfect is: The number four ; Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines. What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with a promise to return. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home.
by Betsy Bird, ed.
Call Number: ON ORDER
Funny Girl is a collection of uproarious stories, rollicking comics, rib-tickling wit, and more, from 25 of today’s funniest female writers for kids.
The Great Greene Heist
by Varian Johnson
Call Number: FIC Joh
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
How to Disappear
by Sharon Huss Roat
Call Number: FIC Roa
When Vicky Decker's best friend, Jenna, moves away, Vicky' s isolation becomes unbearable, so she decides to invent a social life by photoshopping herself onto other people's photos, and what follows is instant popularity without leaving her bedroom.
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhhà Lai
Call Number: FIC Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Letting Go of Gravity
by Meg Leder
Call Number: FIC Led
Parker struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Charlie, who's recovering from cancer, and to deal with her anxiety about her own future.
The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower
by Lisa Graff
Call Number: FIC Gra
After her supposed best friend implicates her in a cheating scam, twelve-year-old Bernie loses her private school scholarship but, with the help of a new friend, spends the summer using her knowledge of magic tricks to earn the $9,000 in tuition money and to get revenge.
A Mango-Shaped Space
by Wendy Mass
Call Number: FIC Mas
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the death of her beloved cat, Mango.
Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson
Call Number: FIC Wat
Jade believes in taking opportunities to get out of her poor neighborhood. But some opportunities she doesn't want, like an invitation to join a program for "at-risk" girls. She might just be able to show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.
Same Sun Here
by Silas House & Neela Vaswani
Call Number: FIC Hou
A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.
The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin
Call Number: FIC Ben
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.
The Weight of Water
by Sarah Crossan
Call Number: FIC Cro
Kasienka is struggling after immigrating from Poland. The only time she feels comforted is when she's swimming at the pool. But she can't quite shake the feeling that she's sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.
Upper School Ideas for Realistic Fiction
by Ibi Zoboi
Call Number: FIC Zob
Fabiola Toussaint, a young Haitian immigrant to the United States, must navigate her life, school and relationships, while dealing with her loud cousins after her mother is detained by the United States immigration department.
Ask the Passengers
by A. S. King
Call Number: FIC Kin
Astrid Jones, who realizes that she is a lesbian, deals with the gossip and rejection she faces by sending love up to the people on airplanes as they pass over her.
by Meg Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.
Calling My Name
by Liara Tamani
Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay
by Adib Khorram
Call Number: FIC Kho
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
by Nic Stone
Call Number: FIC Sto
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
The Education of Margot Sanchez
by Lilliam Rivera
Call Number: FIC San
Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family's South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.
Eliza and Her Monsters
by Francesca Zappia
Call Number: FIC Zap
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.
Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway
Call Number: FIC Ben
Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, and learns a lot about their newfound family ties.
by Una LaMarche
Call Number: FIC LaM
Four teenage friends that met as ten-year-olds reunite at camp for a weekend and share secrets that threaten to destroy their happy memories of the past.
A Girl Like That
by Tanaz Bhathena
Call Number: FIC Bha
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape.
Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
Call Number: FIC Rey
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Love, Hate and Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed
Call Number: FIC Ahm
Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines.
On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
Call Number: FIC Tho
Sixteen-year-old Bri hopes to become a great rapper, and after her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, must decide whether to sell out or face eviction with her widowed mother.
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Call Number: FIC Ace
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
by Tahereh Mafi
It's 2002, a year after 9/11. Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped, has built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He's the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her--they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds--and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down.