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
by Malorie Blackman (2004)

Are you there God, it's me Margaret?
by Judy Blume (1970)
Ruby Holler
by Sharon Creech (2002)
by Roald Dahl (1984)
First book in his autobiographical series
by Roald Dahl (1988)

by Deborah Ellis (2000)
First book in the Breadwinner series
by Anne Fine (1989)

Joey Pigza swallowed the key
by Jack Gantos (1998)
First book in the Joey Pigza series
Two weeks with the queen
by Morris Gleitzman (1989)

by Robert Hoge (2015)
Girl, missing
by Sophie McKenzie (2006)
First book in the Girl, missing series
by Gary Paulsen (1989)
First book in the Hatchet series

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

Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)

Lola Rose
by Jacqueline Wilson (2003)

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

Vicky angel
by Jacqueline Wilson (2000)

by Cesca Adey (2005)

by Judy Blume (1974)

The eighteenth emergency
by Betsy Byars (1973)

My life with the liars
by Caela Carter (2016)
by Cathy Cassidy (2004)

by Cathy Cassidy (2006)

One perfect pirouette
by Sherryl Clark (2010)
Sixth grade style queen (Not!)
by Sherryl Clark (2007)

The chicken dance
by Jacques Couvillon (2007)
by Sharon Creech (2004)

The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

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

by Kathryn Erskine (2010)
Hitler's daughter
by Jackie French (1999)

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)

Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)

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

Small as an elephant
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2011)

My life as an alphabet
by Barry Jonsberg (2013)
The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler
by Gene Kemp (1977)
First book in the Cricklepit School series
Onion tears
by Diana Kidd (1989)
Love, Aubrey
by Suzanne LaFleur (2009)

Inside and back again
by Thanhha Lai (2011)
Red sky in the morning
by Elizabeth Laird (1988)

by Cynthia Lord (2006)
The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry (2008)
Saffy's angel
by Hilary McKay (2001)
First book in the Casson family series

by Suzi Moore (2013)
Call me hope
by Gretchen Olson (2007)

by R.J. Palacio (2012)

The dogs of winter
by Bobbie Pyron (2012)
Sunny side up
by Marion Roberts (2008)
First book in the Sunny series
There's a boy in the girls' bathroom
by Louis Sachar (1987)

Dream on, Amber
by Emma Shevah (2014)

by Kim Slater (2014)

Liar and spy
by Rebecca Stead (2012)
When you reach me
by Rebecca Stead (2009)
Raspberries on the Yangtze
by Karen Wallace (2000)

Mr Stink
by David Walliams (2009)

Dandelion clocks
by Rebecca Westcott (2014)

One crazy summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)
First book in the One crazy summer series

by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)

Being Miss Nobody
by Tamsin Winter (2017)

   The happiness quest
by Richard Yaxley (2018)

What every girl (except me) knows
by Nora Raleigh Baskin (2001)

Starring Sally J. Freedman as herself
by Judy Blume (1977)

A stone in my hand
by Cathryn Clinton (2002)

The tiger rising
by Kate DiCamillo (2001)

The secret language of girls
by Frances O'Roark Dowell (2004)
First book in the Secret language of girls series

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

Sprite Downberry
by Nette Hilton (2008)

Instant sisters
by Rose Impey (1989)

A dog called Homeless
by Sarah Lean (2012)

Careful what you wish for
by Maureen McCarthy (2010)

A term in year seven
by Anna Pershall & 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

Angel creek
by Sally Rippin (2011)

by Brian Selznick (2011)

Double act
by Jacqueline Wilson (1995)

The Lottie project
by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)