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.
















Cloud busting
Cloud busting
by Malorie Blackman (2004)







Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech (2002)







Matilda
by Roald Dahl (1988)








Joey Pigza swallowed the key
by Jack Gantos (1998)
First book in the Joey Pigza series







Ugly
by Robert Hoge (2015)







The bad beginning
by Lemony Snicket (1999)
First book in the Series of unfortunate events series







Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)







The story of Tracy Beaker
by Jacqueline Wilson (1991)
First book in the Tracy Beaker series
   



Blubber
by Judy Blume (1974)







The eighteenth emergency
by Betsy Byars (1973)
   
The midnight fox
by Betsy Byars (1968)
   
One perfect pirouette
by Sherryl Clark (2010)
   

Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)








Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine (2010)







Matty forever
by Elizabeth Fensham (2009)
First book in the Matty and Bill series
   

Pictures of Hollis Woods
by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002)








George
by Alex Gino (2015)








Don't pat the wombat!
by Elizabeth Honey (1996)








Small as an elephant
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2011)


The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler
by Gene Kemp (1977)
First book in the Cricklepit School series







Onion tears
by Diana Kidd (1989)








Inside and back again
by Thanhha Lai (2011)
   

Rules
by Cynthia Lord (2006)







The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry (2008)
   

Lexiland
by Suzi Moore (2013)







The mum hunt
by Gwyneth Rees (2003)
First book in the Mum series
   
Sunny side up
by Marion Roberts (2008)
First book in the Sunny series
   
Dogs don't tell jokes
by Louis Sachar (1991)








Dream on, Amber
by Emma Shevah (2014)



Liar and spy
by Rebecca Stead (2012)








Mr Stink
by David Walliams (2009)







Dandelion clocks
by Rebecca Westcott (2014)
   

Cookie
by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)
   
Sleep-overs
by Jacqueline Wilson (2001)



   
The friendship matchmaker
by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2011)
First book in the Friendship matchmaker series
   
Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
by Judy Blume (1977)
   
Moving day
by Meg Cabot (2008)
First book in the Allie Finkle's rules for girls series
   

A stone in my hand
by Cathryn Clinton (2002)




The tiger rising
by Kate DiCamillo (2001)
   
Against the odds
by Marjolijn Hof (2006)







Instant sisters
by Rose Impey (1989)








A dog called Homeless
by Sarah Lean (2012)







Judy Moody was in a mood
by Megan McDonald (2000)
First book in the Judy Moody series
   
Two weeks in grade six
by Anna Pershall & Mary K. Pershall (2003)
First book in the Two weeks in grade six series
   
Angel creek
by Sally Rippin (2011)







Miss Understood
by James Roy (2012)
   

Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick (2011)
   
Double act
by Jacqueline Wilson (1995)







The Lottie project
by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)