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.

Author Title Call Number
BalliettHold Fast
Early's father has disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to join the ranks of the homeless. (274 pp.)
J Balliett
BaskinAnything 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. (195 pp.)
J Baskin
BirdsallThe Penderwicks
On vacation with their father, four sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. (262 pp.)
J Birdsall
BlumeTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Peter finds his demanding toddler brother to be an increasing problem. (120 pp.)
J Blume
CabotMoving Day
Allie has rules for everything, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town. (228 pp.)
J Cabot
ClearyDear 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. (133 pp.)
J Cleary
ClementsNo Talking
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest. (146 pp.)
J Clements
When Jake's widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas, a grandfather Jake barely knows must come help take care of him. (162 pp.)
J Couloumbis
CreechLove That Dog
In this novel-in-verse, Jack, initially skeptical of poetry, comes to love it and even writes his own inspired poem. (86 pp.)
J Creech
DowellThe 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. (247 pp.)
J Dowell
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. (76 pp.)
J English
A number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled city lot into a productive and beautiful garden. (69 pp.)
J Fleischman
FlemingLowji Discovers America
A nine-year-old boy from India adjusts to his new life in suburban Illinois. (152 pp.)
J Fleming
GreenwaldCharlie 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. (220 pp.)
J Greenwald
KonigsburgThe View from Saturday
Four students attract the attention of their teacher, who chooses them for the Academic Bowl competition. (163 pp.)
J Konigsburg
LaFleurLove, Aubrey
While living with her Gram, Aubrey writes to deal with the deaths of her father and sister, and being abandoned by her mother. (262 pp.)
J LaFleur
LevyThe Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
A family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets navigates a school year. (260 pp.)
J Levy
LookRuby 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. (105 pp.)
J Look
LowryAnastasia Krupnik
Anastasia falls in love, gets to know her grandmother, and finds out about an impending baby brother. (113 pp.)
J Lowry
MargolisBoys Are Dogs
While training her puppy, Annabelle applies some of the same techniques to tame the boys that are making her life miserable. (195 pp.)
J Margolis
MillsPet 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. (154 pp.)
J Mills
The year between turning eleven and turning twelve brings many changes for Winnie and her friends. (201 pp.)
J Myracle
Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering a private middle school. (315 pp.)
J Palacio
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. (160 pp.)
J Paratore
SovernThe Meaning of Maggie
Maggie has big plans--and big problems, like starting middle school and helping her unemployed father, who is in a wheelchair. (220 pp.)
J Sovern
WoodsThe Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
A biracial girl finally gets the chance to meet the African American side of her family. (222 pp.)
J Woods

Last Updated: 5/15


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