Realist Fiction As Realistic Fiction

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Genre & Why:
The novel is classified as Realistic Fiction because the events of the novel could take place in real life.

Text Evidence:
On page 5, the author provides a detailed, realistic setting told by the protagonist’s point of view “That summer, let’s see, I’m still living under the basement, my own private down under, in the little room Grim built for me there. Glued up this cheap paneling, right? It sort of buckles away from the concrete cellar walls, a regular ripple effect, but do I complain about the crummy paneling, or the rug that smells like old tide? I do not.” (Philbrick, 5) The readers can also infer about the character through their dialect, and in this case, the protagonist seems to be observant of their surroundings and is mostly likely still in school.
In a family conflict on page 89, it shows conflict seen through the protagonist’s eyes. “....this shouting starts upstairs, Understand, Grim never yells at Gram, not that I can ever remember, and Gram, well, the worst thing she ever does is cry when she’s mad. But somebody else sure is yelling up there, and so I sneak up the stairs and I don’t even have to put my ear to the door, that’s how loud it is.” Through the protagonist, we see the situation realistically and vividly and how this is affects certain people. This is described vividly that it feels like we are experiencing what the protagonist is experiencing.

2. What can you infer about the author based on the novel?
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