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Boys 11 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)

 


My life with
              the liars
My life with the liars

by Caela Carter (2016)

 


Ruby Holler Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech (2002)

 


The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

 


Boy Boy

by Roald
Dahl (1984)

First book in his autobiographical series


Matilda Matilda

by Roald Dahl (1988)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


Out of my
              mind
Out of my mind

by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

 


Parvana
Parvana

by Deborah Ellis (2000)

First book in The breadwinner series


Hitler's daughter
Hitler's daughter

by Jackie French (1999)

First book in the Hitler's daughter series


Joey Pigza swallowed the key
Joey Pigza swallowed the key

by Jack Gantos (1998)

First book in the Joey Pigza series


Two weeks
              with the queen
Two weeks with the queen

by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

 


Ban this book
Ban this book

by Alan Gratz (2017)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


My life as
              an alphabet
My life as an alphabet

by Barry Jonsberg (2013)

 


See you at Harry's
See you at Harry's

by Jo Knowles (2012)

 


Journey to
              Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg

by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

First book in the Journey to Jo'burg series


Wonder
Wonder

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

First book in the Wonder series


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

by Onjali Q.
Rauf (2018)

 


There's a
              boy in the girl's bathroom
There's a boy in the girl's bathroom

by Louis Sachar (1987)

 


Smart
Smart

by Kim
Slater (2014)

 


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 chicken
              dance The chicken dance

by Jacques
Couvillon (2007)

 


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 dogs of winter
The dogs of winter

by Bobbie
Pyron (2012)

 


Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick (2011)

 


Liar and spy
Liar and spy

by Rebecca
Stead (2012)

 



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