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Girls 10 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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Cloud
              busting
Cloud busting

by Malorie Blackman (2004)

 


Blubber
Blubber

by Judy Blume (1974)

 


Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself

by Judy Blume (1977)

 


The midnight fox The midnight fox

by Betsy Byars (1968)

 


One perfect pirouette
One perfect pirouette

by Sherryl Clark (2010)

 


Ruby Holler Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech (2002)

 


Matilda Matilda

by Roald Dahl (1988)

 


Star-crossed Star-crossed

by Barbara Dee (2017)

 


Out of my
              mind
Out of my mind

by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

 


Mockingbird
Mockingbird

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)

 


Matty
              forever
Matty forever

by Elizabeth Fensham (2009)

First book in the Matty and Bill series


Joey Pigza swallowed the key
Joey Pigza swallowed the key

by Jack Gantos (1998)

First book in the Joey Pigza series


Pictures
              of Hollis Woods
Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002)

 


Ban this book
Ban this book

by Alan Gratz (2017)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


My life as
              an alphabet
My life as an alphabet

by Barry Jonsberg (2013)

 


Judy Moody
Judy Moody

by Megan McDonald (2000)

First book in the Judy Moody  series


Lexiland
Lexiland

by Suzi Moore (2013)

 


Journey to
              Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg

by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

First book in the Journey to Jo'burg series


Two weeks in
              grade six
Two weeks in grade six

by Anna & Mary K. Pershall (2003)

First book in the Two weeks in grade six series


The boy at
              the back of the class
The boy at the back of the class

by Onjali Q.
Rauf (2018)

 


The mum hunt
The mum hunt

by Gwyneth Rees (2003)

First book in the Mum series


Sunny side up
Sunny side up

by Marion Roberts (2008)

First book in the Sunny series


Dogs don't tell jokes
Dogs don't tell jokes

by Louis
Sachar (1991)

 


Dream on, Amber
Dream on, Amber

by Emma Shevah (2014)

 


The bad
              beginning
The bad beginning

by Lemony Snicket (1999)

First book in the A series of unfortunate events series


Mr Stink
Mr Stink

by David
Walliams (2009)

 


Cookie
Cookie

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)

 


Double act
Double act

by Jacqueline Wilson (1995)

 


Sleep-overs
Sleep-overs

by Jacqueline Wilson (2001)

 


The Lottie
              project
The Lottie project

by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)

 


The story
              of Tracy Beaker
The story of Tracy Beaker

by Jacqueline Wilson (1991)

First book in the Tracy Beaker series


Being Miss Nobody
Being Miss Nobody

by Tamsin
Winter (2017)

 



If you want more


The
              friendship matchmaker
The friendship matchmaker

by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2011)

First book in The friendship matchmaker series



The eighteenth emergency
The eighteenth emergency

by Betsy Byars (1973)

 


Moving day
Moving day

by Meg Cabot (2008)

First book in the Allie Finkle's rules for girls series


A stone in
              my hand
A stone in my hand

by Cathryn Clinton (2002)

 


The
              lemonade war
The lemonade war

by Jacqueline Davies (2007)

First book in The lemonade war series


The tiger
              rising
The tiger rising

by Kate DiCamillo (2001)

 


George
George

by Alex Gino (2015)

 


Misery guts
Misery guts

by Morris Gleitzman (1991)

First book in the Misery guts series


When
              friendship followed me home
When friendship followed me home

by Paul Griffin (2016)

 


Don't pat
              the wombat
Don't pat the wombat

by Elizabeth Honey (1996)

 


Instant sisters
Instant sisters

by Rose Impey (1989)

 


Small as an elephant
Small as an elephant

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2011)

 


The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler
The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler

by Gene Kemp (1977)

First book in the Cricklepit School series


Onion tears
Onion tears

by Diana Kidd (1989)

 


The year we
              fell from space
The year we fell from space

by Amy Sarig King (2019)

 


Inside out and back again
Inside out and back again

by Thanhha Lai (2011)

 


Rules
Rules

by Cynthia Lord (2006)

 


The higher
              power of lucky
The higher power of lucky

by Susan Patron (2006)

First book in the Lucky series


Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick (2011)

 


Liar and spy
Liar and spy

by Rebecca
Stead (2012)

 


Dandelion
              clocks
Dandelion clocks

by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

 



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