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Children's Literature: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

This is the research guide for Children's Literature.


Contemporary Realistic Fiction consists of stories rooted in reality (could actually happen) but the characters are fictionalized. Nothing in the story connects itself to a time or event in history, but focuses on problems facing children's lives today such as divorce, a new sibling,or teen issues. 

Frequently Found Elements

⇒Themes are contemporary

⇒Tend to be controversial

⇒Characters are realistic in nature but not based on actual people


Authors to Explore

•Lois Lowry  •Cynthia Rylant  •Louis Sachar   •Kate DiCamillo  •Andrew Clements •Jeff Kinney • Jamie Lee Curtis •Barbara Park

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Vandy Dubre

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