News from Youth Services Category: Realistic Stories

Across the Desert

by Dusti Bowling

across the desert book cover
JF BOWLING, D.

Jolene has become friends online with Addie, who livestreams when she flies her ultralight plane. When Jolene sees Addie crash her plane in the desert, she knows she has to move quickly to find her. Jolene leaves a note for her mom and takes off, hoping to get to Addie as fast as she can. Does Jolene find Addie? Read on to find out. 

No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen

no vacancy book cover

JF COHEN, T.

Miriam and her family move from Manhattan to upstate New York to run a motel. Miriam is 11, and has two good friends she hates to leave back home. Upon arrival in her new town, Miriam meets a new friend, Kate and a cast of towns people who begin to make her feel welcome. This is a sweet summer friendship story which also deals with religion and tolerance.  Miriam is Jewish and her new friend Kate is Catholic. Both these faiths are explored in this book as the girls grapple with a decision  they make to help business at the struggling motel.  This story is full of authentic characters and a wonderful summer setting.  

Friends Forever

by Shannon Hale

friends forever book cover

J GRAPH HALE, S.

I feel like Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham followed me in 8th grade because I identified so much with this story. Being in middle school and trying to figure out who you are is a very confusing and emotional time. Having friends, fighting with your friends, being obsessed with boys while sometimes still thinking they are gross, I remember that so much. Wanting to be a good person, but not knowing what that means exactly, is something I understand.

Allergic

allergic book cover

by Megan Wagner Lloyd

J GRAPH LLOYD, M.

Mom and Dad are getting ready for the new baby, and Liam and Noah are twins who are always together. Maggie loves animals and can’t wait to get her own pet that she can take care of. Too bad she is allergic! Maggie tries different kinds of pets, but nothing seems to work out. Then she tries secretly keeping a mouse, but she is allergic to it too. Maggie also has to go to a new school and has a hard time making friends. This is a realistic story with a positive ending. I was rooting for Maggie.

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic

chef Yasmina and the potato panic book cover

by Wauter Manneart

J GRAPH MANNEART, W.

Yasmina is a great chef who makes wonderful lunches and dinners for her dad. She gets fresh grown vegetables from her neighbors, until a big company takes away the land they grow their vegetables on. Yasmina and her neighbors have to figure out the secret ingredient the big company is using to make everyone addicted to its food products. Will Yasmina and her friends solve this mystery? Can they get everyone to eat healthy food again? Read the story to find out!