Realistic fiction novels are a great place to find characters who are a lot like you. Moving to a new town, attending a new school, dealing with peer pressure, and feeling like you don't fit in are themes and elements found in YA realistic fiction books. Featuring TIME content, this high-interest nonfiction reader builds critical literacy skills and academic vocabulary and is purposefully leveled to engage different types of learners. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and Lori Oczkus, the text includes a table of contents, captions, glossary, index, and images to deepen understanding. The detailed sidebars feature fun facts that develop higher-order thinking. The Try It! culminating activity provides additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL and WIDA/TESOL standards, this text features complex content appropriate for middle school students.