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Boys 13 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)

 


Don't
              call me Ishmael!
Don't call me Ishmael!

by Michael Gerard Bauer (2006)

First book in the Ishmael series


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)

 


See you in the cosmos
See you in the cosmos

by Jack Cheng (2017)

 


One
One

by Sarah Crossan (2015)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


The heaven shop
The heaven shop

by Deborah Ellis (2004)

 


Inventing Elliot
Inventing Elliot

by Graham Gardner (2003)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


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)

 


A monster calls
A monster calls

by Patrick
Ness (2011)

 


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)

 


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 goats
The goats

by Brock Cole (1987)

 


The wanderer
The wanderer

by Sharon Creech (2000)

 



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