Realistic Fiction In The Plain Janes

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Castellucci, Cecil. The Plain Janes. DC Comics, 2007.
Realistic Fiction, Ages 12-18.
This is a graphic novel about a transfer student named Jane thinks her life is over when she is forced to move from Metro City to Suburbia because of a terrorist’s bomb. She finds herself drawn to three other girls named Jane who are unpopular in different ways. The four of them make art attacks on the city under the guise of their secret art club and later go on an adventure painting the town P.L.A.I.N.- People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. Knopf, 1961.
Modern Fantasy, Ages 8-11.
James loses his parents in a tragic accident and he is forced to go and live with his two aunts. James accidentally drops magic crystals
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I See I Touch I Hear. Walker, 2000.
Picture Books and Illustration, Ages 0-3.
In this book children can explore the world using their senses. Through simple illustrations children can learn about hearing, seeing and touching different things. In I Hear a baby is shown sitting listening to a bird on a perch and a small child can be seen listening to a barking dog. In I See a little boy is laying on his back looking up at an airplane and latter seen looking out his window at the moon. In I Touch a baby is shown grabbing a man’s hairy beard and rolling on top of a ball. This book captures the pure perception of a child’s world through simplicity and charm.
Pinkney, Andrea. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down. Little Brown, 2010. Literature for a Diverse Society, Ages 5-8. Four young black men took a stand against the injustice of segregation in America by sitting down at the lunch counter of a Woolworth’s department store. Countless others of all races soon joined the cause following Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful words of peaceful protest. By sitting down together, they stood up for civil rights and created the perfect recipe for integration not only at the Woolworth’s counter, but on buses and in communities throughout the
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One day while the lion is walking around the jungle he falls into a trap set by poachers. Hearing the lion cry out the mouse he had previously released races to his rescue and frees him from the trap by chewing away at the ropes. Two creatures that are extreme opposites offer a simple moral of how the meek can trump the mighty.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. Harper, 1963.
Picture Books and Illustration, Ages 5-7.
When mischievous Max romps around the house in his wolf suit driving his mother crazy, she calls him Wild Thing and sends him to bed without eating any supper. Later that night a forest grows in his room along with an ocean which brings a private sailboat for Max. During his adventure Max comes upon claw-footed monsters with horns that roar and show their teeth to him. Max joins their wild rumpus and is made king of all wild things, but he misses being home. When he finally returns home, he discovers his supper waiting for him in his room.
Smith, Hope Anita. The Way a Door Closes. Holt, 2003.
Realistic Fiction, Ages

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