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Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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Emilee Higgins

on 5 March 2014

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Types of Contemporary Realistic Fiction:

New Realism & Problem
School & Family
It "presents a snapshot of society and the child's place in it"
Tells a story that could happen in real life
Characters are like real people and the main character is usually a child
Generally, they have characters who are the same age or slightly older than the target reader's age
What is Contemporary Realistic Fiction?
Books that involve animals, but main character is still a person
Depict bond that people have with animals
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo and
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls are two popular chapter books
This subgenre appeals to a broad range of students- across age ranges and interests in reading! Often shorter which makes them more appealing to hard to convince readers
-Riddle and Joke Books
-Humorous Picture Books
-Humorous Chapter Books
New Realism
Realistic fiction books written after 1970's that "focus on coping with serious problems of human condition"
Topics that used to be hidden from children
Parents (abuse/neglect or divorce)
Peer pressure
Violence (wars, gangs)
Often referred to as problem novels
Books in this category can usually be classified under one of the other categories too
By Emilee, Rebecca, & Michelle
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
School & Family
There are two types of series books:
1) Memorable: they have memorable characters, appear first in hard cover, and evolve into a series as the characters have more adventures
2) Not Memorable: Mass-marketed paper-back, written using a formula with a predictable plot, flat characters, and an unimaginative writing style

They are generally comfort children because:
they let them become familiar with the setting and characters
they know what they are are getting into, averting apprehension of starting a new book
Two groups
Game Focused: books interested in who wins
Problem Focused: sports setting, but focuses on other issues, such as sickness, family, or personal pressure

Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
Young Pele Soccer's First Star by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Key components:

Survival in the wilderness
Danger and Excitement
Often involve a quest

Gary Paulson
Harris & Me
Examples Include:
-"Swindle" series by Gordon Korman
-Ramona chapter books by Beverly Cleary
-If I Were President by Catherine Stier
-Anthony and the Girls by Ole Konnecke
Have been at the top of preference lists since the 1920s!
There's many series of chapter books- ex. Nancy Drew or A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg

Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase by Wendy Lewison

Oh Theodore!
by Susan Katz and
The Perfect Pet
by Margie Palatini are children's books in this category.
This book fits into both the animal and problem category because it deals with death of a pet cat.
Problem Books
Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer
by Patricia Pollaco
One of the problems of Everett Anderson
by Lucille Clifton
We'll Paint the Octopus Red
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Novels center on issues surrounding school and family-- BUT unlike problem novels aren't as serious with an overall lighter tone.
Some children's books include:
-Nobody Here but Me: Judith Viorst
-The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco
-The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill and
-Marc Just Couldn't Sleep by Gabriela Kessleman

Daniel Pinkwater is an awesome author of humor books! Such as : The Wuggie Norple Story
Adler, D. A. (2006). Cam Jansen and the secret service mystery. New York: Viking.
Clifton, L. (2001). One of the problems of Everett Anderson. New York, NY: Henry Holt and
DiCamillo, K. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
Jacobs, J. S., Tunnell, M. O., Young, T. A., & Bryan, G. (1996). Children's literature, briefly (Fifth ed.).
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Merrill.
Katz, S. (2007) Oh, Theodore! New York: Clarion Books.
Keene, C. (2006). Nancy drew and the clue crew: Sleepover sleuths. New York: Aladdin
Keselman, G. (2004). Marc just couldn't sleep. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers.
Konnecke, O. (2006). Anthony and the girls. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
McDonald, M. (2008). Judy Moody goes to college. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press.
Musgrave, R. (2013). Just joking 3: 300 Hilarious jokes about everything including tongue
twisters, riddles, and more. Washington, D.C: National Geographic Kids.
O'Neill, A. (2002). The recess queen. New York: Scholastic.
Park, B. (2004). Junie B., first grader: boo --and I mean it!. New York: Random House.
Paulsen, G. (1993). Harris and me: a summer remembered. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co.
Polacco, P. (2012). Bully. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Ransome, L. (2007). Young Pele: soccer's first star. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Sharmat, M.W. (1972). Nate the great. New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, Inc.
Vernick, A. (2012). Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team. New
York: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Viorst, J. (1971). The tenth good thing about Barney. New York: Atheneum.
Barbara Parks' Junie B Jones
Megan McDonald's Judy Moody & Stink
Beverly Cleary's Ramona Series
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
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