Sacramento Public Library

Diverse Realistic Fiction For Younger Readers

    Nikki and Deja

    Nikki and Deja - English, Karen

    When an arrogant new girl named Antonia comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.

    MOVING UP
    Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

    Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel - Grimes, Nikki

    Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

    MOVING UP
    Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

    Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream - Han, Jenny

    Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.

    MOVING UP
    Ruby Lu, Brave and True

    Ruby Lu, Brave and True - Look, Lenore

     
    "Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

    MOVING UP
    Lulu and the Duck in the Park

    Lulu and the Duck in the Park - McKay, Hilary

    Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.

    MOVING UP
    A Crazy Mixed-Up Spanglish Day

    A Crazy Mixed-Up Spanglish Day - Montes, Marissa

    In Northern California, Maritza Gabriela Morales Mercado struggles to deal with the third grade bully, to control her temper, and to remember to speak Spanish at home and English at school.

    MOVING UP
    The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule

    The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule - Sheth, Kashmira

    Third-grader Ishan Mehra wants his family to get a dog, but his efforts to convince his parents often get him into trouble.

    MOVING UP
    Indian Shoes

    Indian Shoes - Smith, Cynthia Leitich

    Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges.


    MOVING UP
    EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken

    EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken - Warner, Sally

    EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

    MOVING UP
    The Year of the Book

    The Year of the Book - Cheng, Andrea

    Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.
    Liberty Porter, First Daughter

    Liberty Porter, First Daughter - DeVillers, Julia

    On her first day at the White House, nine-year-old Liberty exuberantly explores her new home while making new friends and giving unique tours of her own.
    Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name

    Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name - Draper, Sharon

    Fashion-savy Sassy does not like being the smallest student in her fourth-grade class, until a family emergency calls for a pint-sized hero.
    Lowji Discovers America

    Lowji Discovers America - Fleming, Candace

    A nine-year-old East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in suburban America.
    The Road to Paris

    The Road to Paris - Grimes, Nikki

    Inconsolable at being separated from her older brother, eight-year-old Paris is apprehensive about her new foster family but just as she learns to trust them, she faces a life-changing decision.
    Fourth Grade Fuss

    Fourth Grade Fuss - Hurwitz, Johanna

    A yard sale, ice skating, class pictures, and a surprise party are a few of the things that make fourth grade fun for Julio and his friends, but they must get serious about studying as the statewide end-of-year test approaches.
    The Year of the Dog

    The Year of the Dog - Lin, Grace

    Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
    Long Shot

    Long Shot - Lupica, Mike

    Pedro, an avid basketball player, decides to run for class president, challenging a teammate who is also one of the most popular boys in school.
    Sunny Holiday

    Sunny Holiday - Paratore, Coleen Murtagh

     
    Spunky third-grader Sunny Holiday tries to make the best out of every situation, and even though her father is in prison, she and her mother count their blessings and manage to find joy in every day.