Best of
Realistic-Fiction

1995

Daphne's Book


Mary Downing Hahn - 1995
    She never says a word to anyone -- just walks around with her nose in a book, with her long straggly hair hanging over her face. Now the worst thing has happened. The teacher has assigned Jessica to be partners with Daphne in the Write-A-Book contest!But being forced to work with the class "weirdo", Jessica gets an even bigger surprise. Not only does Daphne talk to her, but she tells Jessica a terrible secret...one that Jessica knows could be very dangerous to keep.

The Pumpkin Patch Parable


Liz Curtis Higgs - 1995
    In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season. . .and now with children everywhere.

Golden Filly Collection Two


Lauraine Snelling - 1995
    With Tricia as jockey and her father as trainer, the two have big dreams of winning the Triple Crown. Tricia has other pressures, too, like declining grades, a strained relationship with her mother, and the constant worry about her father's failing health. But Tricia's faith in God always gives her the strength to push her limits. Collection Two includes Shadow Over San Mateo, Out of the Mist, Second Win, Close Call, and The Winner's Circle.

I Love You the Purplest


Barbara M. Joosse - 1995
    While digging for worms, rowing the boat and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. Barbara Joosse's heartwarming text is beautifully complimented by Mary Whyte's engaging watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in the tender message that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart.

Kristy's Great Idea


Ann M. Martin - 1995
    She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun - and make tons of money.But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don't always tell the truth. And then there's Stacey, who's acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn't easy, but Kristy and her friends aren't giving up until they get it right!

The Silent Storm


Sherry Garland - 1995
    Three years later, another hurricane is heading toward the island, and Alyssa must come to terms with her parents’ deaths to save her grandfather and brother. “This book will have appeal for lovers of the outdoors as well as anyone who appreciates an exciting, atmospheric story.”--School Library Journal

Boundless Grace


Mary Hoffman - 1995
    Then he invites her to visit him and his new family in Africa, and Grace soon realizes that even in divided families, love can prove boundless. Watercolor illustrations.

Titser


Liwayway A. Arceo - 1995
    Revolves around the two main characters; Amelita and Mauro, both teachers, who are husband and wife.Tells of how Amelita and Mauro engage themselves in answering the needs of their community and succeed in its upliftment and development.

Ironman


Chris Crutcher - 1995
    The rage he feels gives him the energy as a triathlete to press his body to the limit, but it also translates into angry outbursts toward his teachers.Now dangerously close to expulsion from school, Bo has been assigned to Anger Management sessions with the school "truants." With an eclectic mix of hard-edged students, Bo may finally have to deal with his long-brewing hatred for his father -- before it eats away at him completely.

Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd


Mame Farrell - 1995
    She knows that she'd be laughed right out of school if her friends knew about her embarrassing family history with the Murgadork. but Hannah can't just turn her back on him -- after all, he's the only person who knows how to cheer up her younger brother, whose muscular dystrophy has confined him to a wheelchair. In this bittersweet first novel, the engaging, true-to-life Hannah struggles to the realization that kindness and happiness don't have to be mutually exclusive.

What I Wish I'd Known in High School 2nd Semester


John Bytheway - 1995
    . . Class is back in session with John Bytheway. In this sequel to his best-selling What I Wish I'd Known in High School: A Crash Course in Teenage Survival, John Bytheway approaches the deep-down, soul-searching questions that teenagers ponder. He outlines each chapter as if it were a class in high school. 'Classes' cover such subjects as repentance, recognizing the Spirit, prayer, and preparing for the temple. The author has looked for answers to questions in the scriptures and from the words of the prophets. A lively lunch break between classes is vintage Bytheway. Teenagers will better understand the gospel when they read the answers to some of their own questions in John's humorous yet teaching book.

Sheepdog in the Snow


Ben M. Baglio - 1995
    But Mandy's festive mood collapses when Tess, a wounded stray sheepdog, turns up. Can Mandy save Tess's life?

Brass Ring


Diane Chamberlain - 1995
    Along with her husband, she has established a prestigious foundation to aid in the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries. Training therapists, counseling patients, and conducting workshops keeps Claire busy, fulfilled, and happy. It is a life she wouldn't trade for anything...and one that is about to fall apart. One snowy night, Claire tries and fails to prevent a tragedy from occurring. The incident at first obsesses her, then seems to trigger something deep in her soul. Soon she is haunted by momentary disturbing visions - terrifying images that are vaguely familiar, yet unexplainable. Slowly Claire comes to realize that the pictures are in fact fragmented and forgotten memories of her childhood - a childhood she has always remembered as close to perfect. While part of her wants to see where these memories will lead her another part wants only to run from them, to bury them once again. Confused and frightened, Claire is caught up in a complex and devastating struggle between yesterday and today; between the man who wants to help her and the husband who cannot; between terrible secrets and life-altering revelations. In her fight to uncover and accept the truth, Claire discovers that the past, present, and future are intertwined in a way she can never change...or forget. Written with sensitivity, Brass Ring is a heartfelt and mesmerizing novel of great loss and even greater courage.

Olympic Dreams


Lauraine Snelling - 1995
    DJ Randall's Olympic ambitions of being a show jumper face one obstacle -- she doesn't have a horse!

Binya's Blue Umbrella


Ruskin Bond - 1995
    Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

Yesterday in the Back Lane


Bernice Rubens - 1995
    She tells nobody about the incident but her guilt manifests itself in the frequent nosebleeds she has at awkward moments. Fifty years later, she is still living her life sentence.

I'm Sorry


Gina Mayer - 1995
    Illustrations.

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?


Sandy Lynne Holman - 1995
    An illustrated story of an African American boy who comes to appreciate his dark skin by learning about his African heritage from his grandfather.

How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?


Valerie Hobbs - 1995
    In order to make it in Ojala, Bron will have to remake herself. And so she does, putting aside her stuides to drag race, hang out, and meet boys. Soon she's involved in an intense love triangle -- with no easy solutions.

Grace & Family


Mary Hoffman - 1995
    When Papa invites her to visit him in the Gambia she dreams of finding the kind of family that is idealised in stories. But she finds that families are what you make them.

Heroes


Ken Mochizuki - 1995
    Set against the backdrop of the 1960s and talk of Vietnam, it offers a universal message of dignity and courage to anyone who feels they are different. Full-color illustrations.

Fire at the Triangle Factory


Holly Littlefield - 1995
    By focusing on a single important episode that describes a historical event, these books engage readers' interests and imaginations. Written in a story format, each account relates events that really happened, often followed by a brief summary of the historical event to further explain the significance it had on history.

How Children Lived


Christopher Rice - 1995
    Ever wonder about how children lived in the past? This amazing book places sixteen children in different times and places.

The Last Dance


Carmen Agra Deedy - 1995
    Bessie tells the story of their friendship, of Oppa, Ninny's wise grandfather, and of the very special dance all three of them share. An extraordinary story that speaks to children and adults alike about the value of promises and the limitless power of love.

The Stories Huey Tells


Ann Cameron - 1995
    When Huey has bad dreams, Julian says his are scarier. When Huey wants to study animal tracks, Julian says he's too young. But Huey isn't a baby. He's an adventurer, a chef, a tracker, and a scout. And he's about to show Julian—and the world—all that he can do.

Dog Friday


Hilary McKay - 1995
    Ten-year-old Robin Brogan's life takes a turn for the interesting when a new family with five children moves next door. And when Robin, who's terrified of dogs, finds a starving, abandoned dog on the beach, it's his new neighbors who help him overcome his fears to save an animal that desperately needs him.

My Tooth Is About to Fall Out


Grace Maccarone - 1995
    [Hello Reader! Level 1]A young girl is about to lose her first tooth.

Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10


Judy Finchler - 1995
    She's there all the time. In fact, all the teachers live at school. They eat dinner in the cafeteria and sleep in the teachers' lounge. I'm sure of it! So why is Miss Malarkey moving into my apartment house?... What could be more surprising than finding out your teacher has a life outside school? In Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10, Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley celebrate kids' comic misunderstandings about the private lives of teachers.

The Tie Man's Miracle: A Chanukah Tale


Steven Schnur - 1995
    Then old Mr. Hoffman comes to his house, selling his colorful ties, and tells a story about a Chanukah miracle that makes this a night Seth will never forget. Full color.

Saturday Sancocho


Leyla Torres - 1995
    But one Saturday they discover that there is nothing in the house except eggs, and Maria Lili wonders how they will ever be able to have their favorite meal. Mama Ana has a plan, though, and taking the eggs with her, she invites Maria Lili to come to the market. Somehow, Mama Ana has a way to make chicken sancocho with eggs, and Maria Lili can't wait to find out how.Bold, cheerful watercolors evoke the busy atmosphere of the village markets of Central and South America. Also included in the book is a recipe for chicken sancocho from the author's family.

Under the Mermaid Angel


Martha Moore - 1995
    She cannot forget the death of her baby brother seven years ago, and how she just couldn't pray for him when he was sick. She never talks about it though, not even to her best friend, which is something she doesn't have, anyway. But all that changes when Roxanne moves into the trailer next door. Thirty years old, with her fake fur coat, wild red hair, and romantic notions, Roxanne is a revelation to Jesse. Why has she moved to Ida, of all places? Their growing friendship will change Jesse's life, giving her back a vision of hope beyond the mundane world around her.

The Storm


Marc Harshman - 1995
    Full-color illustrations.

Sallie Fox: The Story of a Pioneer Girl


Dorothy Kupcha Leland - 1995
    They follow the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. Then they strike out due west across the bleak desert. Suddenly, Indians attack the pioneers, driving off their cattle and oxen. One hundred people--many sick and injured--are now stranded in the searing summer heat, five hundred miles away from anyone who can help them! Yet, through grit, determination, and luck, Sallie and the others survive to reach California, though not without paying a heavy price. This lightly fictionalized account of a true story is drawn from diaries, memoirs, letters, and many other historical sources. It tells the heartwarming story of a plucky pioneer girl who learns that through courage and the love of her family, she can overcome any adversity.

Summerspell


Jean Thesman - 1995
    He has been abusing Jocelyn, and her sister doesn't believe her. When Jocelyn runs away, things don't go as planned. A violent confrontation shatters her world and she learns that while sometimes it is important to stay silent, at other times one must shout.