No empire-line dresses, no three-headed aliens, no
smug vampires, no goblins, and no talking rabbits.
characters making tough decisions about life right now.

Cloud busting
by Malorie Blackman (2004)

Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech (2002)

by Roald Dahl (1988)

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

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

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)

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)

by Alex Gino (2015)

Ban this book
by Alan Gratz (2017)

When friendship followed me home
by Paul Griffin (2016)

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)

by Cynthia Lord (2006)

The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry (2008)

by Suzi Moore (2013)

The higher power of lucky
by Susan Patron (2006)
First book in the Lucky series

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)

Being Miss Nobody
by Tamsin Winter (2017)

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)
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)

Misery guts
by Morris Gleitzman (1991)
First book in the Misery guts series
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)

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

The Lottie project
by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)