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Boys 10 No empire-line dresses, no three-headed aliens, no smug vampires, no goblins, and no talking rabbits. Real characters making tough decisions about life right now.



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Cloud
              busting
Cloud busting

by Malorie Blackman (2004)

 


The midnight fox The midnight fox

by Betsy Byars (1968)

 


Ruby Holler Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech (2002)

 


Matilda Matilda

by Roald Dahl (1988)

 


Out of my
              mind
Out of my mind

by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

 


Matty
              forever
Matty forever

by Elizabeth Fensham (2009)

First book in the Matty and Bill series


Joey Pigza swallowed the key
Joey Pigza swallowed the key

by Jack Gantos (1998)

First book in the Joey Pigza series


Ban this book
Ban this book

by Alan Gratz (2017)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


My life as
              an alphabet
My life as an alphabet

by Barry Jonsberg (2013)

 


Journey to
              Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg

by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

First book in the Journey to Jo'burg series


The boy at
              the back of the class
The boy at the back of the class

by Onjali Q.
Rauf (2018)

 


Dogs don't tell jokes
Dogs don't tell jokes

by Louis
Sachar (1991)

 


The bad
              beginning
The bad beginning

by Lemony Snicket (1999)

First book in the A series of unfortunate events series


Mr Stink
Mr Stink

by David
Walliams (2009)

 


Being Miss Nobody
Being Miss Nobody

by Tamsin
Winter (2017)

 



If you want more


The eighteenth emergency
The eighteenth emergency

by Betsy Byars (1973)

 


A stone in
              my hand A stone in my hand

by Cathryn Clinton (2002)

 


The
              lemonade war The lemonade war

by Jacqueline Davies (2007)

First book in The lemonade war series


Mockingbird
Mockingbird

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)

 


George
George

by Alex Gino (2015)

 


Misery guts
Misery guts

by Morris Gleitzman (1991)

First book in the Misery guts series


When
              friendship followed me home
When friendship followed me home

by Paul Griffin (2016)

 


Don't pat
              the wombat
Don't pat the wombat

by Elizabeth Honey (1996)

 


Small as an elephant
Small as an elephant

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2011)

 


The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler
The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler

by Gene Kemp (1977)

First book in the Cricklepit School series


Inside out and back again
Inside out and back again

by Thanhha Lai (2011)

 


Rules
Rules

by Cynthia Lord (2006)

 


The higher
              power of lucky
The higher power of lucky

by Susan Patron (2006)

First book in the Lucky series


Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick (2011)

 


Liar and spy
Liar and spy

by Rebecca
Stead (2012)

 



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