Sacramento Public Library

Diverse Realistic Fiction For Younger Readers

    Last Stop on Market Street

    Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Peña; pictures by Christian Robinson

    A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

    PICTURE BOOK de la Peña, M.
    Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea

    Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth

    Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud.

    PICTURE BOOK MO
    Smoky Night

    Smoky Night - Bunting, Eve

     
    When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality. 

    PICTURE BOOK Bunting, E.
    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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Han, J. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Look, L. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION McKay, H. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Montes, M. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Smith, C. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Warner, S. (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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Cheng, A.
    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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Grimes, N.
    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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Lin, G.
    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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Lupica, M.
    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.

    CHILDREN FICTION Paratore, C.
    Home Court

    Home Court - Amar'e Stoudemire

    Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends.

    CHILDREN FICTION Stoudemire, A.
    Two White Rabbits

    Two White Rabbits - Jairo Buitrago

    A girl and her father travel through Mexico toward the US border.

    PICTURE BOOK Buitrago, J.
    Until I Find Julian

    Until I Find Julian - Patricia Reilly Giff

    Mateo's big brother Julian works in the United States. When the family doesn't hear from Julian for a few weeks, Mateo sneaks out and journeys north to find him, crossing the border with the help of a new friend, Angel
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