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)


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







Parvana
by Deborah Ellis (2000)
First book in the Breadwinner series
   
Goggle-eyes
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)







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















Chloe
by Cesca Adey (2005)







Blubber
by Judy Blume (1974)







The eighteenth emergency
by Betsy Byars (1973)







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







Scarlett
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)
   
Heartbeat
by Sharon Creech (2004)







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

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








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

Pictures of Hollis Woods
by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002)








George
by Alex Gino (2015)
   

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)



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

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


Wonder
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)



Smart
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)








Cookie
by Jacqueline Wilson (2008)
   









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







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)








Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick (2011)







Double act
by Jacqueline Wilson (1995)







The Lottie project
by Jacqueline Wilson (1997)