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.
















Inventing Elliot
by Graham Gardner (2003)







Silent to the bone
by E.L. Konigsburg (2000)







A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)







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







Dustbin baby
by Jacqueline Wilson (2001)







Lola Rose
by Jacqueline Wilson (2003)








   
Rules of the road
by Joan Bauer (2000)
First book in the Rules of the road series
   
Don't call me Ishmael!
by Michael Gerard Bauer (2006)
First book in the Ishmael series







I am not Esther
by Fleur Beale (1998)







The thing about jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin (2015)







Shark girl
by Kelly Bingham (2007)
First book in the Shark girl series
   
Tiger eyes
by Judy Blume (1981)
   
Walking naked
by Alyssa Brugman (2002)







My life with the liars
by Caela Carter (2016)








See you in the cosmos
by Jack Cheng (2017)
   

The wanderer
by Sharon Creech (2000)
   

Apple and Rain
by Sarah Crossan (2014)







One
by Sarah Crossan (2015)



The weight of water
by Sarah Crossan (2012)
   
Zelah Green
by Vanessa Curtis (2009)
First book in the Zelah Green series
   
The heaven shop
by Deborah Ellis (2004)
   
The skin I'm in
by Sharon G. Flake (1998)
   

Perfect
by Natasha Friend (2004)
   

Spilled water
by Sally Grindley (2004)







See you at Harry's
by Jo Knowles (2012)
   
Missing
by Catherine MacPhail (2000)







So much to tell you
by John Marsden (1987)
First book in the So much to tell you series
   
Cut
by Patricia McCormick (2000)


Trash
by Andy Mulligan (2010)
   
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio (2012)
   
My sister lives on the mantlepiece
by Annabel Pitcher (2011)
   
Finding Violet Park
by Jenny Valentine (2007)
   

Popular
by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)
   

Keep your hair on
by Elizabeth Vercoe (2003)

   
Lockie Leonard, human torpedo
by Tim Winton (1990)
First book in the Lockie Leonard series
   
Refugee boy
by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)
   

   
That dolphin thing
by Ian Bone (2001)
   
The goats
by Brock Cole (1987)
   
The life and times of Gracie Faltrain
by Cath Crowley (2004)
First book in the Life and times of Gracie Faltrain series
   
The taming of Lilah May
by Vanessa Curtis (2011)
First book in the Lilah May series
   
From your friend, Louis Deane
by Garry Disher (2000)
   
A summer to die
by Lois Lowry (1977)
   
Girl in the attic
by Valerie Mendes (2002)
   
Feeling sorry for Celia
by Jaclyn Moriarty (2000)
First book in the Ashbury/Brookfield series
   
Loving Richard Feynman
by Penny Tangey (2009)