Realistic Fiction

realistic fictionRealistic fiction is a favorite genre for many children and adults.These made-up stories sound like they COULD be real, even if they aren’t. Some people like to read them so they can think about somebody else’s problems for awhile, instead of their own. Some people like to read humorous realistic fiction because it makes them laugh, and that feels good. Why do you like to read realistic fiction?

When we read realistic fiction, sometimes we come to understand how others think and feel when confronted with problems they have to overcome in order to have a good life. There’s always a problem and a solution, sometimes MANY problems to be solved!

As you join the main character in her/his story, think about how s/he works toward solving the problem(s). What can you learn from this character for your own life?

In the comment section, please write a review of a realistic fiction book. This will be very helpful to other kids when they’re looking for a good book to read.

  • Tell the title and author of your realistic fiction book.
  • Tell the main idea of the story in just one sentence (without giving away the ending).
  • Tell a little something about what kind of book it is (adventure, funny, touching, scary, dramatic, etc.).
  • Tell one thing about the author’s style of writing.
  • Add a question that gets kids wondering about the story.
  • Give the story a star rating (hold down shift key while typing the 8 key).

***** Excellent story! I highly recommend it! Two thumbs up! I couldn’t put it down!

**** Very good story! I enjoyed it! One thumb up!

*** Good story. I was engaged in the story most of the time. Some parts were really interesting.

** OK story. Some parts were good, but there were lots of parts I found boring.

* Thumbs down. I did not like this story. I had a hard time getting through it. Others might like it, but it was not for me.


Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, is a story about a boy who must survive on his own in the Canadian wilderness. It’s full of adventure in every chapter! The author makes you feel like you’re right there with Brian. Will he ever see his mother again? Rating *****



21 thoughts on “Realistic Fiction

  1. My realistic fiction book is called the invention of Hugo Carbot.Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo’s job is to oil and maintain the station’s clocks but in his opinion his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and a notebook filled with how to fix the automan left to him by his late father and of course make and fix the automan. He finds a friend named isabelle and his godfather who owns a toy shop in the train statation. Hugo is always wanting for adventure (and trouble!!
    I think this book is *****starts!!! 🙂

  2. Al capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. This bookis about a kid named Moose that moves to Alcatraz because his dad got a job there as a guard and he also trying to get his sister in to a school for her needs. I give it a 5*****

  3. voyage on the titanic by Margret Ann Brady.
    A girl who takes a trip on the titanic to America to see her brother William.
    it is an Adventure book.
    the Author is very detailed of how the characters felt.
    What do you think happens to the girl on the titanic?

  4. I Funny,by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstien,Is a funny story of a kid who’s in a harsh condition with his uncle,aunt and cousin/bully who decides he should try for New York state’s funniest kid comic.It is very enjoyable and funny.It makes you fell empathy for the character and have feelings for the main character.Will he end up happy or will his cousin ruin his life?****
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  5. The title of the book is the 39 clues.The main idea of the book is about finding clues.This book in an adventure’s fiction book witch is very interesting.The author’s style of writing is classic.I also have one question what do you think will happen when Dan the main character will happen to him?****

  6. The book that I am reading is called Frindle by Andrew Clements.
    It is a dramaitc book. It is about this boy name nick. He is very creative and observing and likes to learn. The author’s style is very funny. This book is so good. Rating 5*****

  7. My realistic fiction book is is called 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. The main idea is a girl named Amanda who should be happy because it’s her birthday, but she’s not. She can’t wait for her birthday to be over. But, the next day, it’s her birthday all over again! Now what is Amanda going to do? I would describe this book as a touching story about friendship. The author’s style is funny and entertaining, and makes you not want to put the book down. I would give this book *****.

  8. I am reading The Bad Beginning written by Lemony Snicket. It is a touching book. One writing style Lemony Snicket uses is that he sees the humor in even the most horrible situations. The main idea of this book is that there are three children whose parents just passed away in a fire, and so they have to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf who is really, really mean. Will they live with Count Olaf for the rest of their lives? ****

  9. My realistic fiction book is called Charley Skedaddle. It is writen by Patricia Beatty. The main charecter [Charley Quin] lives with his sister in New York City during the Civil War. Both his parents had died when he was young. He belongs to a gang called the bowery boys which to him is everything besides family. Charley’s brother Jonny who Charley truly admires went to fight in the war. Charley then goes himself and becomes a drummer boy. He makes friends but he soon loses them and runs away from the war. This book is so exciting,I can’t wait to read more! My rating for it in stars is 5***** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Sofia on September 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm said:

    The title of this book is Revenge of the Flower Girls. The author is Jennifer Ziegler. The main idea of the story is, there are three girls and their sister is getting married. They will do anything to stop the wedding. This is a funny book because the author’s style is to make you laugh. Will they stop the wedding or will it go on? I would give this book *****.

  11. I am reading Hank Zipzer My Dog’s a Scaredy Cat A Halloween Tail by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. This book is scary and funny at the same time. Funny because the dog is scared of everything so it makes you laugh. Scary because at different times of the story there is a jump scare. I am really enjoying this book. I give this book 4 stars ****!

  12. I read a book titled, A Single Shard, written by Linda Sue Park. The main idea of the story is a boy, named Tree-Ear, who accidentally breaks a shelf that was being worked on by people called, The Potters, and now he has to go to work for them many days to repay for the damage he did. This book is an adventure book because it talks about Tree-Ears journey. The author uses Tree-Ear as the storyteller in the book which gives you the feelings of the character. How would you feel if you broke something by accident and then had to work for over a year to pay that person back? Rating ***

  13. I am reading Finally 12 by Wendy Mass I love this book so much. It is about a girl named Rory and she is turning 12. In the story Rory made a list of things she wanted to do starting with get a phone. The problem is Rory does not know how to do a lot of the things on her list! I am attached to this book I love the story and can’t wait to keep reading. I give this book (Finally 12) 5 stars ***** !!!

  14. Double Fudge, by Judy Blume, is about a 12 year old boy who has a younger brother named Fudge who happens to be very annoying and he makes all kinds of silly mistakes along the of this adventure. This is a funny realistic fiction. Judy Blume’s style of writing is telling a lot about the main character thoughts. Will Fudge make a big mess up in this adventure? Rating ****

  15. How to Steal a Dog, by: Barbara O’ Conner, is about a girl who’s parents got a divorce and is left with very little in a car. It is a touching story. The author likes to leave you is suspense. Do you think she will have a good future? Rating****

  16. I’m reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It is about a girl, Kit Tyler, who decided to leave her old home in Barbados after her grandfather dies, and move to the English colony Connecticut to live with her aunt. If you like Historical Fiction and are interested in when people belived in witches, then this is a book for you.***

  17. Lost In The Sun by Lisa Graff, is an amazing story about a boy named Trent and his struggles as a middle schooler. The year before he accidentally hits a hockey puck in another boys chest and kills him. Who knew that a hockey puck could be deadly? This book is an adventure book that you can not put down. The author makes you feel like you are trent . Lost in the sun is one of the best books I have ever read and I think you will agree.

  18. Holes By:Louis Sacher theres a kid who gos to camp and he has to dig holes with scorpians in them. adventure.hes a very interesting writer because after 20 mins i wanted to read more. Also what if you were the kid and you had to dig holes all day? i know i would be tired. I defintely recommend this book *****

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