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Hi Everyone,

My 11 year old daughter needs some book suggestions.   She has nothing to read (and you all know how awful that feels!).  She enjoys realistic fiction books.   This is not my usual genre, so I am having problems thinking of suggestions.   

Some of her favorite books include the Tim Green football books (Unstoppable is her favorite, but she has read them all);  she enjoyed all of the Andrew Clements's books; she loved Holes (but not so much the sequel); the Beverly Clearly books.   She reads a tiny bit of fantasy, but usually doesn't like that much.   (She has read over and over and over again the entire Harry Potter series and Percy Jackson all of the spin-offs.).  

Thanks in advance!



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Here's a 'scattergun' approach (LOL) of ideas of different types of realistic fiction, in hopes something is a fit...

realistic fiction, contemporary (post 1990) -- set in U.S.
- Wonder (Palacio)
- Because of Winn-Dixie (Di Camillo)
- The Vanderbeeks of 141st Street (Glaser)
- The Penderwicks (Birdsall)
- Front Desk (Yang)
- Nowhere Boy (Marsh)
- Out of My Mind (Draper)
- El Deafo (Bell)

realistic fiction, contemporary (post 1990) -- set other than U.S.
- A Long Walk to Water (Park)
- The Breadwinner (Ellis) -- and sequels
- Homeless Bird (Whelan)

realistic fiction set in the second half of 1900s
- The Incredible Journey (Burnford) -- based on true event
- The Toothpaste Millionaire (Merrill)
- Maniac Magee (Spinnelli)
- Plain Girl (Sorenson)
- The 17th Swap (Magraw)

realistic fiction, set in late 1800s through first half of 1900s
- The Great Wheel (Lawson) -- based on true event
- The Great Turkey Walk (Kerr) -- based on true event
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Kelly) -- and sequels
- Mountain Born (Yates)
- The Secret Garden (Burnett)
- Circus Sequins (Friermood)

realistic / historical fiction
- Fever 1793 (Anderson)
- Pedro's Journal (Conrad) 
- The Master Puppeteer (Paterson)
- A Night Divided (Nielsen)

realistic / survival fiction
- Island of the Blue Dolphins (O'Dell) -- based on true story
- The Cay (Taylor)
- Call it Courage (Armstrong)
- Heart of a Samurai (Preus) -- based on true story

biography written as fiction
- Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink (Olson) -- and others in Tod Olson's "lost" series
- Little Britches (Moody)
- Freedom Train: Story of Harriet Tubman (Sterling)
- The Notorious Benedict Arnold (Sheinkin)

nonfiction written with a fiction feel
- Bomb: The Race to Build, and Steal, the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Sheinkin) -- and others by Sheinkin
- The Boys Who Challenged Hitler (Hoose)
- Code Talkers (Bruchac)

realistic, but with a sort of fantastical twist:
- 11 Birthdays -- and other books by Wendy Mass
- Mr. Lemoncello's Library series (Grabenstein)

Edited by Lori D.
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My daughter really liked those in your last category. 

She also liked

The Candymakers

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Chasing Vermeer

Anne of Green Gables series

Theodore Boone series

Wrinkle in Time (but skip the movie) -sort of fantasy

Austin Family Chronicles - same author, but not fantasy


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My 12-year old son just Peak, and the two follow up books in the series. It is about a 14 year old boy who loves to climb buildings whose dad takes him to Nepal to try and climb Mt. Everest. My son stayed up until 1:00 in the morning a couple of days ago when the final book - Ascent came in the mail that day.

He also loves anything by Alan Gratz.  Entertaining historical fiction.

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Trixie Belden books? Down to earth 14 year old girl as main character, with her friends. Trixie has chores, struggles in math class, etc but also solves mysteries. 

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My kids loved the Mandy by Julie Andrews (yes Mary Poppins Julie Andrews) I think it would realistic fiction. Pollyanna, Just David... I am running a bit low on ideas tonight, lol!

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