Realistic Fiction

-Young Adult Bibliography

Contemporary Realistic Fiction

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Updated July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD



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Adichie, Chimanda, Purple Hibiscus

Alexie, Sherman, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Almond, David, Kit’s Wilderness

Alvarez, Julia, How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay

Anaya, Rudolfo, Bless Me, Ultima

Anderson, Laurie Halse, Speak

Bang, Molly, Tiger’s Fall

Bashares, Ann, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

Bauer, Marion, On My Honor

Bess, Clayton, Story for a Black Night

Blume, Judy, It’s Not the End of the World

Bruchac, Joseph, The Heart of a Chief, Eagle Song

Burnford, Sheila, The Incredible Journey: A Tale of Three Animals

Childress, Alice, Rainbow Jordan, Conversations with a Domestic

Christopher, Matt, sports stories

Clancy, Tom, The Hunt for Red October

Cole, Brock, The Facts Speak for Themselves

Coman, Carolyn, Many Stones

Cormier, Robert, The Chocolate War, Tenderness

Creech, Sharon, Walk Two Moons, Chasing Redbird

Crew, Linda, Children of the River

Crutcher, Chris, Chinese Handcuffs, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Cruz, Maria Colleen, Border Crossing

Danticat, Edwidge, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Davis, Vision Quest

de Vries, Anke, Bruises

Di Camillo, Kate, Because of Winn-Dixie

Draper, Sharon, Forged By Fire, Tears of a Tiger, Darkness Before Dawn

Ellis, Deborah, The Breadwinner Trilogy: The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, Mud City

Ellis, Deborah, No Ordinary Day, The Heaven Shop

Eugenides, Jeffrey, The Virgin Suicides

Evans, Mari, Dear Corinne, Tell Somebody Love, Annie: A Book about Secrets

Farmer, Nancy, A Girl Named Disaster

Fine, Anne, Step by Wicked Step

Flake, Sharon, The Skin I’m In

Fleischman, Paul, Seedfolks

Fraustino, Lisa Rowe, Ash: A Novel

Garcia-Williams, Rita, Like Sisters on the Homefront

George, Jean Craighead, My Side of the Mountain

Giff, Patricia Reilly, Pictures of Hollis Woods

Hidier, Tanjua Desai, Born Confused

Hinton, S. E., The Outsiders

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hamilton, Virginia, M. C. Higgins, the Great; Cousins; Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush

Hosseini, Khaled, The Kite Runner

Johnson, Angela, The First Part Last

Kincaid, Jamaica, Annie John

Klass, David, You Don’t Know Me

Konigsburg, E. L., The View from Saturday

Lahiri, Jhumpa, The Namesake

Lamb, Wally, I Know This Much Is True

Lawson, Mary, Crow Lake

Martinez, Victor, Parrot in the Oven

Mazer, Norma Fox, Out of Control, When She Was Good

McDonald, Janet, Chill Wind

Morrison, Toni, The Bluest Eye, Sula

Myers, Walter Dean, Won’t Know Till I Get There, Scorpions, The Mouse Rap, Hoops

Mohr, Nicholasa, The Magic Shell, Going Home, Felita

Na, An, A Step from Heaven

Nye, Naomi Shihab, Habibi

Paterson, Katherine, Bridge to Terabithia

Paulsen, Gary, The Rifle, Hatchet

Potok, Chaim, The Chosen

Rawls, Wilson, Where the Red Fern Grows

Rennison, Louise, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

Rylant, Cynthia, Missing May

Sachar, Louis, Holes

Smith, Cynthia Leitich, Rain Is Not My Indian Name

Soto, Gary, The Pool Party, Pacific Crossing.

Tan, Amy, The Joy Luck Club

Walters, Eric, Shattered

White, Ruth, Belle Prater’s Boy

Wilson, Jacqueline, The Illustrated Mum

Woolf, Virginia, “Made Lemonade” Trilogy

Woodson, Jacqueline, Miracle’s Boys, Hush

Young, Karen Romano, The Beetle and Me: A Love Story

Yumoto, Kazumi, The Friends



Mystery and Mystery Writers

Christie, Agatha

Clancy, Tom

Cooney, Caroline, The Face on the Milk Carton

Doyle, Arthur, Sherlock Holmes

DuMaurier, Daphne, Rebecca

Poe, Edgar Allen, The Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

Sayers, Dorothy

Weeks, S. So B. It