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Cloud
              busting
Cloud busting

by Malorie Blackman (2004)

 


Are you there
              god? It's me, Margaret
Are you there God? It's me, Margaret

by Judy Blume (1970)

 


Blubber
Blubber

by Judy Blume (1974)

 


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

by Judy Blume (1977)

 


My life with
              the liars
My life with the liars

by Caela Carter (2016)

 


Dizzy
Dizzy

by Cathy Cassidy (2004)

 


Scarlett
Scarlett

by Cathy Cassidy (2006)

 


One perfect pirouette One perfect pirouette

by Sherryl Clark (2010)


Sixth grade
              style queen (Not!) Sixth grade style queen (Not!)

by Sherryl Clark (2007)


Heartbeat
Heartbeat

by Sharon Creech (2004)

 


Ruby Holler Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech (2002)

 


The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

 


Boy
Boy

by Roald
Dahl (1984)

First book in his autobiographical series


Matilda Matilda

by Roald Dahl (1988)

 


Star-crossed
Star-crossed

by Barbara Dee (2017)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


Out of my
              mind
Out of my mind

by Sharon M. Draper (2010)

 


Parvana
Parvana

by Deborah Ellis (2000)

First book in The breadwinner series


Mockingbird
Mockingbird

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)

 


Goggle-eyes
Goggle-eyes

by Anne Fine (1989)

 


Hitler's daughter
Hitler's daughter

by Jackie French (1999)

First book in the Hitler's daughter 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)

 


Two weeks
              with the queen
Two weeks with the queen

by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

 


Ban this book
Ban this book

by Alan Gratz (2017)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


Olive's ocean
Olive's ocean

by Kevin Henkes (2003)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


My life as
              an alphabet
My life as an alphabet

by Barry Jonsberg (2013)

 


See you at Harry's
See you at Harry's

by Jo Knowles (2012)

 


Love, Aubrey
Love, Aubrey

by Suzanne LaFleur (2009)

 


Red sky in
              the morning
Red sky in the morning

by Elizabeth Laird (1988)

 


Saffy's angel
Saffy's angel

by Hilary McKay (2001)

First book in the Casson family series


Girl, missing
Girl, missing

by Sophie McKenzie (2006)

First book in the Girl, missing 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


Call me hope
Call me hope

by Gretchen Olson (2007)

 


Wonder
Wonder

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

First book in the Wonder series


A term in
              year seven
A term in year seven

by Anna & Mary K. Pershall (2005)

Second book in the Two weeks in grade six series
Can be read & loved without having read any previous books in this series


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

by Onjali Q.
Rauf (2018)

 


Sunny side up
Sunny side up

by Marion Roberts (2008)

First book in the Sunny series


There's a
              boy in the girl's bathroom
There's a boy in the girl's bathroom

by Louis Sachar (1987)

 


Dream on, Amber
Dream on, Amber

by Emma Shevah (2014)

 


Smart
Smart

by Kim
Slater (2014)

 


The bad
              beginning
The bad beginning

by Lemony Snicket (1999)

First book in the A series of unfortunate events series


Raspberries on
              the Yangtze
Raspberries on the Yangtze

by Karen
Wallace (2000)

 


Mr Stink
Mr Stink

by David
Walliams (2009)

 


Cookie
Cookie

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)

 


Lola Rose
Lola Rose

by Jacqueline Wilson (2003)

 


The Lottie
              project
The Lottie project

by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)

 


Vicky angel
Vicky angel

by Jacqueline Wilson (2000)

 


Being Miss Nobody
Being Miss Nobody

by Tamsin
Winter (2017)

 



If you want more


Chloe Chloe

by Cesca Adey (2005)

 


What
              every girl except me knows
What every girl except me knows

by Nora Raleigh Baskin (2001)

  


The eighteenth emergency
The eighteenth emergency

by Betsy Byars (1973)

 


A stone in
              my hand A stone in my hand

by Cathryn Clinton (2002)

 


The chicken
              dance The chicken dance

by Jacques Couvillon (2007)

 


The tiger
              rising
The tiger rising

by Kate DiCamillo (2001)

 


The
              secret language of girls
The secret language of girls

by Frances O'Roark Dowell (2004)

First book in The secret language of girls series


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)

 


Careful
              what you wish for
Careful what you wish for

by Maureen McCarthy (2010)

 


The dogs of winter
The dogs of winter

by Bobbie
Pyron (2012)

 


Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck

by Brian Selznick (2011)

 


Here in
              the real world
Here in the real world

by Sara Pennypacker (2020)

 


Liar and spy
Liar and spy

by Rebecca
Stead (2012)

 


When you reach
              me
When you reach me

by Rebecca Stead (2009)

 


Dandelion
              clocks
Dandelion clocks

by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

 


Double act
Double act

by Jacqueline Wilson (1995)

 


The story
              of Tracy Beaker
The story of Tracy Beaker

by Jacqueline Wilson (1991)

First book in the Tracy Beaker series


The happiness
              quest
The happiness quest

by Richard Yaxley (2018)

 



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