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Girls 12 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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The crossover
The crossover

by Kwame Alexander (2014)

 


I am not Esther
I am not Esther

by Fleur Beale (1998)

First book in the I am not Esther series


The thing about jellyfish
The thing about jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin (2015)

 


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

by Judy Blume (1970)

 


Being Bindy
Being Bindy

by Alyssa Brugman (2004)

 


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)

 


April and Rain
April and Rain

by Sarah Crossan (2014)

 


The weight of
              water
The weight of water

by Sarah Crossan (2012)

 


Boy
Boy

by Roald
Dahl (1984)

First book in his autobiographical series


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


The heaven shop
The heaven shop

by Deborah Ellis (2004)

 


Goggle-eyes
Goggle-eyes

by Anne Fine (1989)

 


The skin I'm
              in
The skin I'm in

by Sharon G. Flake (1998)

 


Joey Pigza swallowed the key
Joey Pigza swallowed the key

by Jack Gantos (1998)

First book in the Joey Pigza series


Two weeks
              with the queen
Two weeks with the queen

by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


Olive's ocean
Olive's ocean

by Kevin Henkes (2003)

 


Ugly
Ugly

by Robert Hoge (2015)

 


A song only
              I can hear
A song only I can hear

by Barry Jonsberg (2018)

 


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

by Jo Knowles (2012)

 


Paradise end
Paradise end

by Elizabeth Laird (2004)

 


Red sky in
              the morning
Red sky in the morning

by Elizabeth Laird (1988)

 


Missing
Missing

by Catherine MacPhail (2000)

 


Girl, missing
Girl, missing

by Sophie McKenzie (2006)

First book in the Girl, missing series


Trash
Trash

by Andy
Mulligan (2010)

 


Journey to
              Jo'burg
Journey to Jo'burg

by Beverley Naidoo (1985)

First book in the Journey to Jo'burg series


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


My sister
              lives on the mantlepiece
My sister lives on the mantlepiece

by Annabel
Pitcher (2011)

 


Feather boy
Feather boy

by Nicky
Singer (2002)

 


Smart
Smart

by Kim
Slater (2014)

 


Drums,
              girls, and dangerous pie
Drums, girls, and dangerous pie

by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

 


Popular
Popular

by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)

 


Homecoming
Homecoming

by Cynthia Voigt (1981)

First book in the Tillerman family series


Dustbin
              baby
Dustbin baby

by Jacqueline Wilson (2001)

 


Lola Rose
Lola Rose

by Jacqueline Wilson (2003)

 


The
              illustrated mum
The illustrated mum

by Jacqueline Wilson (1999)

 


Vicky angel
Vicky angel

by Jacqueline Wilson (2000)

 


Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
Lockie Leonard, human torpedo

by Tim Winton (1990)

First book in the Lockie Leonard series


Refugee
              boy
Refugee boy

by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)

 



If you want more


Chloe Chloe

by Cesca Adey (2005)

 


The chicken
              dance The chicken dance

by Jacques
Couvillon (2007)

 


The wanderer The wanderer

by Sharon Creech (2000)

 


The life and
              times of Gracie Faltrain
The life and times of Gracie Faltrain

by Cath Crowley (2004)

First book in The life and times of Gracie Faltrain series


Zelah Green, queen of clean
Zelah Green

by Vanessa
Curtis (2009)

First book in the Zelah Green series


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


Perfect
Perfect

by Natasha Friend (2004)

 


The other side of summer
The other side of summer

by Emily Gale (2016)

 


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)

 


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

by Amy Sarig King (2019)

 


A summer to die
A summer to die

by Lois Lowry (1977)

 


Saffy's angel
Saffy's angel

by Hilary McKay (2001)

First book in the Casson family series


The dogs of winter
The dogs of winter

by Bobbie
Pyron (2012)

 


Dandelion
              clocks
Dandelion clocks

by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

 


The happiness
              quest
The happiness quest

by Richard Yaxley (2018)

 



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