Sunday, June 5, 2016

RA RA Read: Real Girls, Real Friendships and Best Frenemies

Somewhere between 9 and 12 a lot of girls get really into realistic fiction. Not to say that boys don't read these books - some do - but they usually require a different booktalking technique which I'm not going into now. Most of these books deal in the emotional growth of their protagonists as they start to change how they relate to their family and friends, awareness of the world around them, or dealing with issues like death, divorce, new schools, etc. The ages are just approximations of course - there's nothing particularly teen in any of these and the most they get into romantic relationships is some possible crushes and maybe a kiss. There are lots and lots and lots of great books in this genre, but I'm just going to mention a few.

Elementary Chapters
  • Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan (series)
  • Calli be gold by Michele Hurwitz
  • Friends for keeps by Julie Bowe (series)
  • Lucy Rose by Katy Kelly (series)
Middle Grade
  • The Battle of Darcy Lane; My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando
  • The Summer I saved the world in 65 days by Michele Hurwitz
  • Boys are dogs by Leslie Margolis (series)
  • Willow Falls by Wendy Mass (series)
  • The Winnie Years; Flower Power by Lauren Myracle (series)
  • Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Rourk Dowell (trilogy)
  • Center of everything by Linda Urban
Middle Grade with Diversity
  • Confetti Girl; Ask my mood ring how I feel by Diana Lopez
  • The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
Graphic Novels
    Raina Telgemeier is queen of the genre in graphics. All others bow before her.
    • Kat and Mouse by Alex de Campi (series)
    • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
    • Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley (series)
    • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
    • Middle School is worse than meatloaf by Jennifer Holm (series)
    • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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