"Different degrees of realism have been discerned, and the realistic novel has several subtypes. For preschool children, the everyday-life story is its most common form, mixing both happy and unhappy events that are familiar to many children (such as a visit to the dentist, a birthday party, or the death of a pet). For older readers, the genre of realisticfiction is often considered synonymous with social critical literature and the problem book. The issues addressed concern both the life of the individual child/adolescent (including child abuse, divorce, and bullying in the works of, for instance, Anne Fine or Jacqueline Wilson) or they may affect the whole of society or even the world (such as ecological problems, war, and racism, in the works of, for instance, Beverly Naidoo)."
Zipes, J. D. (2006). The Oxford encyclopedia of children's literature. Oxford University Press.
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A story rooted in the real-life tragedy of Vancouver's missing women and victims of the sex industry, "Rabbit Ears" is about two orphaned sisters, one of whom runs away to a life of drugs and sex work, the other of whom takes refuge in magic.
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