New Realistic Fiction for Kids

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world?  While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer.  All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble.   Nina also deals with her changing friendship with  her best friend, Jorie.  It's even harder when she realizes they both  has a crush on the same neighbor boy,  This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.

Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.

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Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Kit's mother was a serial killer before she married. She had a drop box in London where people could request a murder and she marked each of her victims with a magic marker heart on their chest, but she never managed to reach the notoriety that most serial killers do. After "quitting" her mother uses her experience to train her only child to be a perfect killing machine. Kit takes over the drop box (with her mother's help) at age nine and, as she grows older and becomes independent, leaves her calling card, the letters cleaned of all DNA, with each of her victims. By the time she is seventeen she has reached Jack the Ripper status and is known to the public as The Perfect Killer. However, when she gets a request from a classmate to kill another classmate things begin to spiral out of control.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

Morris Micklewhite likes Sundays when his mother makes him pancakes. He also loves Mondays because he gets to to go school, and there are lots of activities he likes there: painting, singing, snack time, the list goes on. The very best thing about school is the dress up box, where he always finds his favorite bright tangerine dress to put on. The other kids aren't very accepting of Morris wearing a dress, but he is able to find solace at home where he paints pictures inspired by his dreams and imagination.

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