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.
















Boy
by Roald Dahl (1984)
First book in his autobiographical series







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







Feather boy
by Nicky Singer (2002)







Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)


   







I am not Esther
by Fleur Beale (1998)







My life with the liars
by Caela Carter (2016)


The chicken dance
by Jacques Couvillon (2007)
   

The wanderer
by Sharon Creech (2000)








Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
   
The heaven shop
by Deborah Ellis (2004)








George
by Alex Gino (2015)



Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)








My life as an alphabet
by Barry Jonsberg (2013)







See you at Harry's
by Jo Knowles (2012)
   
Trash
by Andy Mulligan (2010)
   
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio (2012)
   
My sister lives on the mantlepiece
by Annabel Pitcher (2011)
   

The dogs of winter
by Bobbie Pyron (2012)
   

Smart
by Kim Slater (2014)







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


Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
by Tim Winton (1990)
First book in the Lockie Leonard series
   
Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)










Misery guts
by Morris Gleitzman (1991)
First book in the Misery guts series
   
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The scarecrows
by Robert Westall (1981)