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
by Malorie Blackman (2004)

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

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)

by Robert Hoge (2015)
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)

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

by Alex Gino (2015)

Ban this book
by Alan Gratz (2017)

When friendship followed me home
by Paul Griffin (2016)

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)

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

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

The dogs of winter
by Bobbie Pyron (2012)

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

Being Miss Nobody
by Tamsin Winter (2017)

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

by Brian Selznick (2011)