Manchester, Connecticut

Realistic Fiction

  • Byars, Betsy. Summer of the Swans. (J Byars)
    • A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.
  • Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw. (J Cleary)
    • In his letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
  • Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons. (J Creech)
    • After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route.
  • Konigsburg, E.L. The View From Saturday. (J Konigsburg)
    • Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
  • Lord, Cynthia. Rules. (J Lord)
    • Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
  • Martin, Ann. Belle Teal. (J Martin)
    • Belle Teal's lives with her mother and grandmother far out in the country. As school begins, Belle Teal faces unexpected challenges. Her best friends are up against some big problems. And there are two new students in Belle Teal's class: a shy boy caught in the town's furor over desegregation, and a snob who has problems of her own. As her world falls apart, Belle Teal discovers the importance of sticking together.
  • McKay, Hilary. Saffy's Angel. (J McKay)
    • After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special momento of her past.
  • McKinnon, Hannah Roberts. Franny Parker. (J McKinnon)
    • Through a hot, dry Oklahoma summer, twelve-year-old Franny tends wild animals brought by her neighbors, hears gossip during a weekly quilting bee, befriends a new neighbor who has some big secrets, and learns to hope.
  • Namioka, Lensey. Half and Half. (Namioka)
    • At Seattle's annual Folk Fest, twelve-year-old Fiona and her older brother are torn between trying to please their Chinese grandmother and making their Scottish grandparents happy.
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. (J Naylor)
    • When he finds a beagle in the hills near his home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs.
  • Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. (J Paterson)
    • The life of a boy in rural Virginia expands when he befriends a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
  • Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. (J Paterson)
    • An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.
  • Smith, Yeardley. I, Lorelei. (J Smith)
    • In letters to her recently deceased cat Mud, eleven-year-old Lorelei chronicles the ups and downs of her sixth-grade year, during which her parents separate, she gets a part in the school play, and she becomes friends with the cutest boy in her grade.
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. (J Spinelli)
    • After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
  • Wiles, Deborah. Love, Ruby Lavender. (J Wiles)
    • Ruby Lavender has fun with her grandmother Miss Eula as they rescue chickens, paint a house pink and run their own secret post office. But what can Ruby do when Eula goes away?