Tag Archives: Realistic Fiction

FDBC learns the “Facts of Life”

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have…an eighties theme song, but not Gary Soto’s “Facts of Life”. Soto’s collection of stories is also about adolescent maturation, and we discussed our favorites of the bunch and why we liked them. Themes include self identity, responsibility, and investing in one’s self.


Up next: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

FDBC examines “The Thing About Jellyfish”

What is the thing about jellyfish? Our conversation explores the various ways that twelve-year-old Suzy tries to cope with the loss of her best friend, and how jellyfish factor into her grieving.


Up Next: “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

FDBC gets “Out of My Mind”

Sharon Draper’s “Out of My Mind” explores what it would be like to grow up without being able to talk or walk. Join us as we discuss the challenges young Melody Brooks faces while coping with the limitations of cerebral palsy and being constantly misunderstood and underestimated.


Up Next: “The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin

FDBC discovers “The Skin I’m In”

We enjoyed reading and discussing “The Skin I’m In” because it gave us the opportunity to explore themes such as bullying, peer pressure, and self esteem. We also took a cue from the book and asked each other, “What does your face say about you?” Tune in and join  the conversation!


Up next: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

FDBC admires “Wonder”, Part 2

We finish our conversation about R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder”, a novel about Auggie Pullman’s first year in public school. We talk about Auggie’s journey, how he grew over the course of the year, what it means to choose kindness versus being right, and more.


Up Next: “The Supernaturalist” by Eoin Colfer

FDBC admires “Wonder”, Part 1

In part one of our chat on R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder”, we talk about the main character’s quiet strength, how important friendship is in the book, and how the author expertly provided multiple points of view. Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!


FDBC experiences “One Crazy Summer”, Part 2

We wrapped up our discussion of “One Crazy Summer,” and boy was it crazy! We talked about what we thought about Cecile at the story’s end, and what we liked and disliked about the book.


FDBC experiences “One Crazy Summer”, Part 1

We know we teased a different book—our apologies for changing course—but this week begins our discussion of Rita Williams-Garcia’s “One Crazy Summer”. We’ve opened up comments on our website so please let us know what you think of the book. Happy reading!