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Realistic Fiction for Grades 3-5

The titles listed below are shelved in J Fiction alphabetically by the author's last name. Many of these books are also available in paperback. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Balliett Hold Fast    (Early's father has disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to join the ranks of the homeless.)
Baskin Anything But Typical    (Jason, a boy with autism, wants to become a writer. He relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.)
Birdsall The Penderwicks    (On vacation with their father, four sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.)
Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing    (Peter finds his demanding toddler brother to be an increasing problem.)
Cabot Moving Day     (Allie has rules for everything, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town.)
Cleary Dear Mr. Henshaw    (In letters to his favorite author, Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce and finding his place in the world.)
Clements No Talking    (The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.)
Couloumbis Jake    (When Jake's widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas, a grandfather Jake barely knows must come help take care of him.)
Creech Love That Dog    (In this novel-in-verse, Jack, initially skeptical of poetry, comes to love it and even writes his own inspired poem.)
Dowell The Secret Language of Girls    (Marylin and Kate have been friends since nursery school, but their relationship is put to the test when they start sixth grade.)
English Nikki & Deja     (When an arrogant new girl arrives, Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find unexpected results.)
Fleischman Seedfolks    (A number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled city lot into a productive and beautiful garden.)
Fleming Lowji Discovers America    (A nine-year-old boy from India adjusts to his new life in suburban Illinois.)
Greenwald Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading    (Middle schooler Charlie Joe Jackson is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.)
Konigsburg The View from Saturday    (Four students attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them for the Academic Bowl competition.)
LaFleur Love, Aubrey    (While living with her Gram, Aubrey writes to deal with the deaths of her father and sister, and being abandoned by her mother.)
Levy The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher    (A family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets navigates a school year.)
Look Ruby Lu, Brave and True     (Ruby spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks, learns to drive, and has more adventures.)
Lowry Anastasia Krupnik    (Anastasia falls in love, gets to know her grandmother, and finds out about an impending baby brother.)
Margolis Boys Are Dogs    (While training her puppy, Annabelle applies some of the same techniques to tame the boys that are making her life miserable.)
Mills Pet Disasters    (Mason's parents keep trying to get him a pet, but until he and his best friend Brody adopt a three-legged dog, he is not interested.)
Myracle Eleven    (The year between turning eleven and turning twelve brings many changes for Winnie and her friends.)
Palacio Wonder    (Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering a private middle school.)
Paratore Sunny Holiday     (Even though her father is in prison, spunky Sunny and her mother count their blessings and manage to find joy in every day.)
Sovern The Meaning of Maggie    (Maggie has big plans--and big problems, like starting middle school and helping her unemployed father, who is in a wheelchair.)
Woods The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond    (A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family.)

Last Updated: 5/15

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