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                14-15 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)

 


The
              absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie (2008)

 


Go ask Alice
Go ask Alice

by Anonymous (1971)

 


I am not Esther
I am not Esther

by Fleur Beale (1998)

First book in the I am not Esther series


Martyn Pig
Martyn Pig

by Kevin Brooks (2002)

 


See you in the cosmos
See you in the cosmos

by Jack Cheng (2017)

 


The chocolate
              war The chocolate war

by Robert Cormier (1974)

 


Moonrise
Moonrise

by Sarah Crossan (2017)

 


One One

by Sarah Crossan (2015)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


Revolution
Revolution

by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)

 


Inventing Elliot
Inventing Elliot

by Graham Gardner (2003)

 


The fault in our stars
The fault in our stars

by John Green (2012)

 


Deadly, unna?
Deadly, unna?

by Phillip Gwynne (1998)

First book in the Deadly, unna? series


The
              curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

by Mark Haddon (2003)

 


The simple
              gift
The simple gift

by Steven Herrick (2000)

 


The outsiders
The outsiders

by S.E. Hinton (1967)

First book in The outsiders series


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

by Barry Jonsberg (2018)

 


Butter
Butter

by Erin Lange (2012)

 


One of us is
              lying
One of us is lying

by Karen M. McManus (2017)

First book in the Bayview High series


Monster
Monster

by Walter Dean
Myers (1999)

 


A monster calls
A monster calls

by Patrick
Ness (2011)

 


A child called It
A child called It

by Dave Pelzer (1995)

First book in the A child called It series


Eleanor and
              Park
Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell (2012)


Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the
              universe
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

by Benjamin Alire
Saenz (2012)

 


Feather boy
Feather boy

by Nicky
Singer (2002)

 


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

by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

 


Stargirl
Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli (2000)

First book in the Stargirl series


Six impossible things
Six impossible things

by Fiona
Wood (2010)

 


Refugee
              boy
Refugee boy

by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)

 



If you want more


Simon vs
              the homo sapiens agenda
Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda

by Becky Albertalli (2015)

First book in the Simon series


Thirteen reasons why
Thirteen reasons why

by Jay Asher (2007)

 


The perks
              of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

 


Winter town
Winter town

by Stephen Emond (2011)

 


A place like
              this
A place like this

by Steven Herrick (1998)

 


Letters from the inside
Letters from the inside

by John Marsden (1991)

 


Big Mouth
              and Ugly Girl
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)

 


Bruised
Bruised

by Siobhan
Parkinson (2011)

 



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