Searching for Realistic Fiction in the catalog is one of more challenging genres; the realism related to situations and circumstances is often personal to, and reliant on, the reader and author. When reviewing library catalog entries, it is not unusual to see a large number of subject headings with fiction, it is a general rule to assign as many as needed to fully describe or inform about the book topic. This is especially true for realistic or contemporary fiction.
For example, Dear Justyce, featured with the realistic fiction titles on this page (see right), lists Detention Homes juvenile fiction, Dysfunctional Families juvenile fiction, and Best Friends juvenile fiction, as well as the broader subject of Young Adult Fiction.
There are a few suggested subject terms to help you get started with your search. Note that results are limited; starting with juvenile fiction or young adult fiction and reviewing titles according to your area of interest may be the best option.
When looking for realistic fiction, begin with a keyword or subject search.
How? Start with the library catalog and conduct a keyword search.
(1) Enter your topic,
(2) Limit the location option to MAIN Juvenile, then
(3) Submit the search & review your results.
Use the catalog record to help evaluate search results.
(1) Additional subject terms may include contemporary or domestic fiction, or young adult fiction.
(2) Use Content Café, click on the book cover image, to view additional information about the title.
(3) Click on catalog subject headings and/or genres to explore similar items.
(4) Read a chapter or passage in the book to determine if it meets the criteria for realistic fiction.
Below is a selection of authors who write, or have written, realistic fiction. Authors often become known for writing in a particular genre. However, when reviewing what is available in the juvenile collection, keep in mind that not all of their titles are realistic fiction.
YA & Middle Grade
Picture & Chapter Books
|Kwame Alexander||Katherine Applegate|
|Laurie Halse Anderson||Beverly Cleary|
|Joan Bauer||Andrew Clements|
|Judy Blume||Kelly Dipucchio|
|Sharon Creech||Jules Feiffer|
|Sharon Draper||Marie Louise Gay|
|Jack Gantos||Kevin Henkes|
|John Green||Mary Hoffman|
|Nikki Grimes||Ezra Jack Keats|
|Karen Hesse||David Macaulay|
|Jeff Kinney||John Rocco|
|Walter Dean Myers||Brian Selznick|
|R. J. Palacio||David Shannon|
|Jason Reynolds||Judith Viorst|
|Rainbow Rowell||Jane Yolen|
|Gary D. Schmidt|
Title: Clap When You Land
Location: MAIN Juvenile
Call Number: PS3601.C475 C53 2020
Subject / Genre / Form:
Family secrets - Fiction
Aircraft accidents - Fiction
Families - Fiction
Grief -- Fiction
Aircraft accidents -- juvenile fiction
Young Adult fiction
Novels in Verse
Explore a few of the recent additions to the juvenile collection. All titles circulate.