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Girls 13 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)

 


Rules of the road
Rules of the road

by Joan Bauer (1998)

First book in the Rules of the road series


Don't
              call me Ishmael!
Don't call me Ishmael!

by Michael Gerard Bauer (2006)

First book in the Ishmael series


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)

 


Shark girl
Shark girl

by Kelly Bingham (2007)

First book in the Shark girl series


Tiger eyes
Tiger eyes

by Judy Blume (1981)

 


Walking naked
Walking naked

by Alyssa Brugman (2002)

 


My life with
              the liars
My life with the liars

by Caela Carter (2016)

 


See you in the cosmos
See you in the cosmos

by Jack Cheng (2017)

 


April and Rain April and Rain

by Sarah Crossan (2014)

 


One
One

by Sarah Crossan (2015)

 


The weight of
              water
The weight of water

by Sarah Crossan (2012)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


The heaven shop
The heaven shop

by Deborah Ellis (2004)

 


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

by Sharon G. Flake (1998)

 


Inventing Elliot
Inventing Elliot

by Graham Gardner (2003)

 


Spilled water
Spilled water

by Sally Grindley (2004)

 


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)

 


Missing
Missing

by Catherine MacPhail (2000)

 


So much to
              tell you
So much to tell you

by John Marsden (1987)

First book in the So much to tell you series


Girl, missing
Girl, missing

by Sophie McKenzie (2006)

First book in the Girl, missing series


Trash
Trash

by Andy
Mulligan (2010)

 


A monster calls
A monster calls

by Patrick
Ness (2011)

 


Wonder
Wonder

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

First book in the Wonder 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)

 


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)

 


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


The goats
The goats

by Brock Cole (1987)

 


The wanderer The wanderer

by Sharon Creech (2000)

 


Toffee
Toffee

by Sarah Crossan (2019)

 


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



Perfect
Perfect

by Natasha Friend (2004)

 


The other side of summer
The other side of summer

by Emily Gale (2016)

 


Amelia Westlake
Amelia Westlake

by Erin Gough (2018)

 


A summer to die
A summer to die

by Lois Lowry (1977)

 


Cut
Cut

by Patricia McCormick (2000)

 


Keep your
              hair on
Keep your hair on

by Elizabeth Vercoe (2003)

 


The happiness
              quest
The happiness quest

by Richard Yaxley (2018)

 



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