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.
















Inventing Elliot
by Graham Gardner (2003)







Silent to the bone
by E.L. Konigsburg (2000)







A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)







Feather boy
by Nicky Singer (2002)







Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)








   
Don't call me Ishmael!
by Michael Gerard Bauer (2006)
First book in the Ishmael series







I am not Esther
by Fleur Beale (1998)







My life with the liars
by Caela Carter (2016)








See you in the cosmos
by Jack Cheng (2017)
   

The wanderer
by Sharon Creech (2000)







One
by Sarah Crossan (2015)
   
The heaven shop
by Deborah Ellis (2004)
   

Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)







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)
   
Finding Violet Park
by Jenny Valentine (2007)


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

   
That dolphin thing
by Ian Bone (2001)
   
Augustine's lunch
by Laura Budd (2001)
   
The goats
by Brock Cole (1987)
   
Tag
by Michael Coleman (1998)
   
From your friend, Louis Deane
by Garry Disher (2000)
   
The whole business about Kiffo and the Pitbull
by Barry Jonsberg (2004)
First book in the Whole business about Kiffo and the Pitbull series


Dougy
by James Moloney (1993)
First book in the Gracey series
   
The double life of Cassiel Roadnight
by Jenny Valentine (2010)
   
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The scarecrows
by Robert Westall (1981)