Children's Literature: Betty A. McDonald Collection: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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Contemporary Realistic Fiction

“Realistic fiction may be defined as imaginative writing that accurately reflects life as it was lived in the past or could be lived today” (p. 390).

“Realistic fiction serves children in the process of understanding and coming to terms with themselves” (p. 390).

Realistic fiction for children does provide many possible models, both good and bad, for coping with problems of the human condition” (p. 391)

Source: Kiefer, B. (2010). Charlotte Huck’s children’s literature. (10th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill 

New Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Suggested Contemporary Realstic Fiction Books and Authors



Laurie Halse Anderson


Katherine Paterson 

Bridge to Terabithia

Gary Paulsen


Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows

Louis Sachar


Alex Sanchez

Rainbow Boys

Gary Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars

Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac & D Foster

Lisa Yee

Millicent Min, Girl Genius 

Gabrielle Zevin


New Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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