No time travellers, no three-headed aliens, no
smug vampires, no goblins, and no talking rabbits. Real
characters making tough decisions about life right now.











Cloud busting
Cloud busting
by Malorie Blackman (2004)







Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech (2002)
   
Boy
by Roald Dahl (1984)
First book in his autobiographical series
   
Matilda
by Roald Dahl (1988)







Parvana
by Deborah Ellis (2000)
First book in the Breadwinner series








Joey Pigza swallowed the key
by Jack Gantos (1998)
First book in the Joey Pigza series







Two weeks with the queen
by Morris Gleitzman (1989)







Ugly
by Robert Hoge (2015)
   
Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen (1989)
First book in the Hatchet series
   
The bad beginning
by Lemony Snicket (1999)
First book in the Series of unfortunate events series







Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)
   








The eighteenth emergency
by Betsy Byars (1973)







My life with the liars
by Caela Carter (2016)


The chicken dance
by Jacques Couvillon (2007)







The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)








Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)








Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine (2010)
   
Hitler's daughter
by Jackie French (1999)








George
by Alex Gino (2015)








Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)
   

Don't pat the wombat!
by Elizabeth Honey (1996)








Small as an elephant
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2011)
   

My life as an alphabet
by Barry Jonsberg (2013)
   
The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler
by Gene Kemp (1977)
First book in the Cricklepit School series








Inside and back again
by Thanhha Lai (2011)



Rules
by Cynthia Lord (2006)
   
The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry (2008)


Wonder
by R.J. Palacio (2012)








The dogs of winter
by Bobbie Pyron (2012)
   

Smart
by Kim Slater (2014)








Liar and spy
by Rebecca Stead (2012)








Mr Stink
by David Walliams (2009)







One crazy summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)
First book in the One crazy summer series















A stone in my hand
by Cathryn Clinton (2002)




The tiger rising
by Kate DiCamillo (2001)







Misery guts
by Morris Gleitzman (1991)
First book in the Misery guts series



Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick (2011)