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Boys 12 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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The crossover
The crossover

by Kwame Alexander (2014)

 


I am not Esther
I am not Esther

by Fleur Beale (1998)

First book in the I am not Esther series


My life with
              the liars
My life with the liars

by Caela Carter (2016)

 


Boy
Boy

by Roald
Dahl (1984)

First book in his autobiographical series


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


The heaven shop
The heaven shop

by Deborah Ellis (2004)

 


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)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


A song only
              I can hear
A song only I can hear

by Barry Jonsberg (2018)

 


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

by Jo Knowles (2012)

 


Trash
Trash

by Andy
Mulligan (2010)

 


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


My sister
              lives on the mantlepiece
My sister lives on the mantlepiece

by Annabel
Pitcher (2011)

 


Feather boy
Feather boy

by Nicky
Singer (2002)

 


Smart
Smart

by Kim
Slater (2014)

 


Drums,
              girls, and dangerous pie
Drums, girls, and dangerous pie

by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

 


Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
Lockie Leonard, human torpedo

by Tim Winton (1990)

First book in the Lockie Leonard series


Refugee
              boy
Refugee boy

by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)

 



If you want more


The chicken
              dance The chicken dance

by Jacques
Couvillon (2007)

 


The wanderer The wanderer

by Sharon Creech (2000)

 


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)

 


The dogs of winter
The dogs of winter

by Bobbie
Pyron (2012)

 



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