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.
















Are you there God, it's me Margaret?
by Judy Blume (1970)








Boy
by Roald Dahl (1984)
First book in his autobiographical series







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







Feather boy
by Nicky Singer (2002)







Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)







Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt (1981)
First book in the Tillerman family series







Lola Rose
by Jacqueline Wilson (2003)







The illustrated mum
by Jacqueline Wilson (1999)







Vicky angel
by Jacqueline Wilson (2000)








   
Chloe
by Cesca Adey (2005)







I am not Esther
by Fleur Beale (1998)







The thing about jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin (2015)
   
Being Bindy
by Alyssa Brugman (2004)







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







Scarlett
by Cathy Cassidy (2006)







The chicken dance
by Jacques Couvillon (2007)








The wanderer
by Sharon Creech (2000)








Apple and Rain
by Sarah Crossan (2014)



The weight of water
by Sarah Crossan (2012)
   
Zelah Green
by Vanessa Curtis (2009)
First book in the Zelah Green series
   

Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
   
The heaven shop
by Deborah Ellis (2004)
   
The skin I'm in
by Sharon G. Flake (1998)
   

Perfect
by Natasha Friend (2004)








George
by Alex Gino (2015)
   

Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)
   

My life as an alphabet
by Barry Jonsberg (2013)







See you at Harry's
by Jo Knowles (2012)
   
Paradise end
by Elizabeth Laird (2004)


Red sky in the morning
by Elizabeth Laird (1988)
   
Saffy's angel
by Hilary McKay (2001)
First book in the Casson family series
   
Trash
by Andy Mulligan (2010)
   
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio (2012)
   
My sister lives on the mantlepiece
by Annabel Pitcher (2011)
   

The dogs of winter
by Bobbie Pyron (2012)
   

Smart
by Kim Slater (2014)
   
When you reach me
by Rebecca Stead (2009)
   

Popular
by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)







Dandelion clocks
by Rebecca Westcott (2014)







One crazy summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)
First book in the One crazy summer series
   
Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
by Tim Winton (1990)
First book in the Lockie Leonard series
   
Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)
   

   
The life and times of Gracie Faltrain
by Cath Crowley (2004)
First book in the Life and times of Gracie Faltrain series


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
   
Olive's ocean
by Kevin Henkes (2003)
   
Sprite Downberry
by Nette Hilton (2008)
   
A summer to die
by Lois Lowry (1977)
   
The girl in the attic
by Valerie Mendes (2002)
   
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
   
My big birkett
by Lisa Shanahan (2006)
   
Loving Richard Feynman
by Penny Tangey (2009)