Reader-to-Reader Gift Guide: #MiddleGrade Realistic Fiction

Now that you’ve browsed the Adventure, Fantasy & Mystery Collection, it’s time to share some realistic fiction favorites!

This is the last of our holiday #GiftGuides for 2020. It has been fun creating this unique outlet to showcase the recommendations of our teen volunteers! Our plan for 2021 is to continue to grow The Reading Tub Bookshop with their suggestions on not-to-be-missed books. And hopefully add a few more shelves to the store, too.

Ghost is an amazing choice. Anyone in the 4th grade and older will find this book interesting and enjoyable. A page-turner of the first order!

Family | Friendship | Realism | Representation & Inclusion | Series | Social Issues | Sports




This is the first title in the Track and Field Series by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jason Reynolds. (Link to Bookshop).

There were many things that I like about this story. Parvana’s story (albeit fictional) is inspirational. As a young girl she had the courage to help her family survive against the odds created by the Taliban. Overall, I definitely recommend reading this book. 

Family | Cultues & Traditions | Realism | Social Issues




Now also available as a Graphic Novel.

The book is a beautiful story about love, faith (el amor y la Fe), and how they can help you. At its heart, this is a book about family, friendship, and love. This book is hilarious, too. The book is well-written and I would call it a hidden gem. It is a wonderful novel with a loving tale perfect for ages 10 and older.

Coming of Age | Cultures & Traditions | Family (Multigenerational) | Mystery | Representation & Inclusion | Realism



This book is a hidden gem with trains, time travel, history, and interesting characters all tied into one great story. I felt the story was very delightful and entertaining. A great buy for ages 9-12.

Coming of Age | Family | Friendship | Realism | Sports | Series


This title is part of Lupica’s The Home Team series. The first four titles are available as a Boxed Set. [Link to Bookshop]

This story is really heart-warming and innocent, without any “pain” or disappointments from the adults’ world. I like the humor the author uses when describing the kids’ behaviour; when the kids speak it is their own words, and show a child’s innocence and simpleness. I recommend buying this book for readers 10 and up. It is meaningful and fun to read.

Coming of Age | Family | Friendship | Realism | Representation & Inclusion | Series


See Also Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus (Book 2) [Link to Bookshop.]


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