Realistic Fiction

Ramona Forever (Unabridged)

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Ramona's life changes the moment Howie Kemp's mysterious uncle arrives from Saudi Arabia. Howie and his sister, Willa Jean, talk only about Uncle Hobart. Ramona's mother makes secret phone calls and stops eating dessert, and Aunt Bea is hiding something, too. Whatever surprises are in store, Ramona is determined to be happy and helpful.

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810L
Length: 
02:12
Ramona Forever (Unabridged)

Ivy and Bean (Unabridged)

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Annie Barrows introduces Ivy and Bean, two unique girls who certainly didn't plan on becoming friends. Bean, a mischievous yet lovable tomboy, never thought she'd enjoy playing with Ivy, the quiet new neighbor who looks rather boring. Ivy, however, happens to be a witch in training!

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510L
Length: 
01:05
Ivy and Bean (Unabridged)

Superfudge (Unabridged)

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He knows a lot of big words, but he doesn't know where babies come from. He's never heard of a stork, but he plans to be a bird when he grows up. He's Superfudge, otherwise known as Farley Drexel Hatcher. And, according to his older brother, Peter, the biggest pain invented. Among other things.

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560L
Length: 
03:09
Superfudge (Unabridged)

Double Fudge (Unabridged)

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"Money, money, money...I love money, money, money" is Fudge's new theme song. He's drawing dollar signs for breakfast, thumbing through catalogs at bedtime, and making enough "Fudge Bucks" so he can buy the whole world (or at least Toys "R" Us). Fudge's latest obsession is driving his brother, Peter, crazy!

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450L
Length: 
04:40
Double Fudge (Unabridged)

Small Steps (Unabridged)

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Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps.

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690L
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05:12
Small Steps (Unabridged)

The Bean Trees (Unabridged)

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Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away.

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Lexile: 
900L
Length: 
09:21
The Bean Trees (Unabridged)

A Day No Pigs Would Die (Unabridged)

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Originally published in hardcover in 1972, A Day No Pigs Would Die was one of the first young adult books, along with titles like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War. In it, author Robert Newton Peck weaves a story of a Vermont boyhood that is part fiction, part memoir. The result is a moving coming-of-age story that still resonates with teens today.

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690L
Length: 
03:01
A Day No Pigs Would Die (Unabridged)

The Great Gilly Hopkins (Unabridged)

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At age 11, Gilly is nobody's real kid. If only she could find her beautiful mother, Courtney, and live with her instead of in the ugly foster home where she has just been placed! How could she, the great Gilly Hopkins, known throughout the county for her brilliance and unmanageability, be expected to tolerate Maime Trotter, the fat, nearly illiterate widow who is now her guardian?

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Lexile: 
800L
Length: 
04:40
The Great Gilly Hopkins (Unabridged)

Glass (Unabridged)

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Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

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600L
Length: 
07:18
Glass (Unabridged)

How to Eat Fried Worms (Unabridged)

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Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is "The bigger and juicier, the better!" At first Billy's problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish.

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Lexile: 
650L
Length: 
01:54
How to Eat Fried Worms (Unabridged)

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