Summary: Eager to make friends when her family moves to California in the middle of her tenth-grade year, Tallulah lies about being an expert surfer which, when she is found out, ruins her reputation and her only option is to make the lie true. Walker
Posts Tagged ‘Realistic fiction’
Summary: When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life. Atheneum
Summary: A totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family into a life of total adventure–rock-climbing out west with a guy she barely knows. At first, everything’s amazing. Not only are they climbing in awesomely beautiful national parks like Yosemite but they seem awesomely made for one another. P.K. is in heaven. And then the cops show up with an arrest warrant. And P.K. has to decide who to believe: this amazing guy whom she trusts with her life–or the cops, who want her to believe that he may take her life. Viking.
Summary: When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge. Delacourte
Summary: Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression. 355 pgs. Little,Brown
Summary: Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.
297 pages, Orchard Books
Summary: When living with her mother, an alcoholic ex-beauty queen, becomes unbearable, almost seventeen-year-old Maybelline “Maybe” Chestnut runs away to California, where she finds work on a taco truck and tries to track down her birth father.
274 pages, Arthur A. Levine