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Week 3: Realistic
Realistic fiction is that genre that is so captivating because the story could have happened to you, or me, or someone we know. By reading this genre we can develop our empathy because of this unique window into the lives of others.
Activity 1: create a character sketch; draw your character based on information from the story; add in your character's interests and things that drive your character crazy!
Activity 2: Create a microblog for your favourite character and post as if you are them (fan fiction); read and then create some fan fiction based on your favourite realistic fiction character
Realistic fiction in our digital catalog
See You in the Cosmos by
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
"I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder." --Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s, Walk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan--named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover--from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time. "Stellar." --Entertainment Weekly "Life-embracing." --The Wall Street Journal "Works beautifully." --The New York Times Book Review "Irresistible." --The Chicago Tribune "The best I've read in a long, long time." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s "Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious." --Kirkus, starred review "A propulsive stream-of-conscious dive." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "A gift--a miracle." --Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home "Exuberant." --Booklist "Full of the real kind of magic." --Ally Condie, author of Matched "Absorbing, irresistible." --Common Sense Media "Incredible." --BookRiot "Full of innocence and unwavering optimism." --SLC "Inspiring." --Time for Kids "Powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding." --Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now
The First Rule of Punk by
From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one's watching. There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself. The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself! Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie .