Realistic Fiction

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Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.?

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This book is considered relatively easy. 


 
Pictures of Hollis Woods In this Newbery Honor Book, a troublesome 12-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her. 

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This book is considered relatively easy. 
 



Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane

Indian Reservation.  Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with drawings that reflect the character's art.  This book chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American bay as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.


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This book is considered average difficulty.
 


Mason Williams dominates short races in the pool, but his endurance is not up to speed. When one of his teammates taunts him that he might never "swim with the big fish," Mason vows to train harder. Luckily, his best friend Alex has a great ideas....to swim in a nearby lake to build up his strength. Alex paddles his kayak beside Mason as he swims in the lake each day after school, and soon Mason starts seeing results.  Unfortunately, the two friends have an argument, which leads Mason to take his training too far.  Find out if Mason has what it takes to swim the distance.


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This book is considered average difficulty.



 
Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude and danger of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

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This book is considered average difficulty.
 



 
From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

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This book is considered average difficulty.
 



Some war heroes heard the wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.
Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.
Some war heroes stood tall . . . on four legs!
DOGS OF WAR is a graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail, bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers.

Based on the real-life roles of military dogs that served as Red Cross rescuers, messengers, scouts, search-and-rescue teams, sentries, and mascots, DOGS OF WAR captures both the adventure and the devastation brought on by war, as well as the celebrations of life and friendship between boys and their dogs.
 

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This book is considered average difficulty.            

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