Category Archives: Genre: Realistic

The Misfits

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James Howe

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 274

Age Range: 11 and up

Year: 2001

Genre: Humor, Realistic

This book is about four seventh grade friends named Bobby, Addie, Joe and Skeezie who are the “Misfits” of their school. After being taunted by their peers for being different in some sort of way they decide to band together to run against the popular kids in the classroom in a political race. At first many people get upset with them, but then soft-spoken Bobby really tells what it is like to be name called all the time. At that point everybody in the school starts to take the group very seriously and gives Bobby a lot of credit.

Perfect book for any preteen or middle school age kid. It talks about bullying and stereotyping in a fun easy read. I really think all kids between 11-14 would really like this book and find it very relatable.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: James Howe, Genre: Humor, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Thirteen Reasons Why

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Jay Asher

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2007

Genres: Realistic

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book about a teenage girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind cassettes to tell why. Clay, the boy who had a crush on her, discovers the tapes on his doorstep and his life is forever changed by finding out the thirteen reasons why Hannah took her life.

This is a powerful book that takes on a tough topic. Would be a great book for any adolescent to read to get a better understanding of the power of human relations and suicide.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jay Asher, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Letting Ana Go

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Anonymous

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 279

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Realistic

Letting Ana Go is the journal of a 16 year old girl who develops an eating disorder after her parents divorce. She is on the cross country team at school, and is one of their fastest runners. She starts restricting her calories and running extra miles to keep up with one of her best friends who is trying to lose weight for a ballet audition, and she believes that her boyfriend will dump her if she isn’t perfect. This book is an inside look at how an eating disorder can take hold and disrupt a person’s life, and it shows how quickly you can lose control.

Anorexia is a deadly disease, but because our culture idolizes rail-thin models, a lot of young girls don’t realize that they are harming themselves if they don’t eat enough, and they feel proud of themselves for having control over their bodies. I would recommend this book to young girls who are worried about their bodies or who feel like they need to be skinny to be happy and to have friends. I would also recommend it to people who know somebody who might have an eating disorder because this book might help you to understand what they are going though. By reading Ana’s journal, you get to see how hard it really is to get better once you have started. The book is tragic, but very honest.

– Miss Rachel

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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Author: Anonymous, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

Katie Sise

Quick Stats:The Boyfriend App

Page Count: 320

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2013

Genre: Mystery, Realistic, Romance

Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to graduate. The once popular girl who had lots of admirers and friends isn’t quite the same after her father’s death and the loss of her one time best friend Blake… the resident mean girl. A contest is announced that will provide the winner with 200k to use to attend the college of their choice. Audrey needs to win. And so… The Boyfriend App is created.

Readers who enjoy twists and turns (and stories about redemption!) will love The Boyfriend App. The story goes places you wouldn’t expect from a tech-savvy romance.

– Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Katie Sise, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Realistic, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s

An Abundance of Katherines

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John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 272

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2008

Genre: Realistic

Right after intellectual child-prodigy Colin Singleton graduates from high school, his girlfriend (who, like the 18 young women and girls whom he claimed as girlfriends over the years, is named Katherine) breaks up with him and sends him into a total funk. His best friend, Hassan, determines that he can only be cured with a road trip. After some rather aimless driving, the two find themselves in Gutshot, TN, where locals persuade them to stay. There, Colin spends his spare time working on a mathematical theorem of love, hypothesizing that romantic relationships can be graphed and predicted.

Anyone who has enjoyed John Green books should like this one! Like most of his novels, it’s told from a male teenager’s perspective, but the female character is more well-rounded than in Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. Our main character, Colin, loves anagrams and math, so anyone with those interests might enjoy the story.

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: John Green, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Paper Towns

Paper Towns

John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 320 untitled

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2009

Genre: Realistic and Adventure

To everyone who surrounds Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is an adventurous, unconventional, and intelligent person and a highly admired someone that everyone puts on a pedestal. So when Margo sneaks into Quentin Jacobsen’s room one glorious night and involves him in her crazy exploits, he can’t help but feel as if a new page has been turned, and just maybe he can be a part of the marvelous Margo’s life.

Paper Towns is such a smart book– written for young readers, but not written down to them. There’s a fun cast of supporting characters, and the journey Margo takes them through is good for anyone wondering about who they are.

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: John Brown, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2000s

Buried Onions

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Gary Soto

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 142

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2006

Genre: Realistic

Eddie has been trying to stay out of trouble since graduating high school. But, it’s hard when your city is wallowing in their own tears from violence and murder. It seems as if Fresno has a buried onion underneath that makes its people cry out for their dead loved ones. Eddie deals with murder, gang violence, and considering the military as his only way out from the buried onion.

Great book for those who see and experience gang violence and murder in their city. And for those looking to escape an onion as well.

Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Gary Soto, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s