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Realistic Fiction

Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Page by Paige
by Laura Lee Gulledge

After moving to New York City, Paige Turner has trouble adjusting to her new life, but her "secret identity" as an artist and her favorite sketchbook help her make friends, explore the city and find her true self.
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

Moving into an apartment when his father loses his job, Georges befriends Safer, a 12-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy, who recruits Georges into the world of espionage so that they can investigate a mysterious neighbor who lives on the top floor.
by Raina Telgemeier

Designing sets for her middle school's play, Callie tries to overcome limited carpentry skills, low ticket sales and squabbling crew members only to find her efforts further complicated by the arrival of two cute brothers. 
by R. J. Palacio

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate.
Dairy Queen
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
The Summer I Learned to Fly
by Dana Reinhardt

Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother's cheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowed mother begins dating, Drew's father's book of lists, her pet rat, and Emmett, a boy on a quest, help her cope
I'll Be There
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Protecting his mute younger brother from their unstable father and the factors that force them to continuously move and prevent their school attendance, Sam finds everything changing when he meets Emily, who tempts them to consider a normal life.
by Gordon Korman

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt

While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as they explore Audubon's art
Waiting for Normal
by Leslie Connor

Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York.
Freak the Mighty
by W. R. Philbrick

Outcasts Maxwell and Kevin, the former a giant of a boy who lacks intelligence and the latter a genius in leg braces, team up for a series of imaginative adventures that bring them undreamed-of discoveries.
by Wendelin Van Draanen

From their first meeting in second grade through seventh grade, a young girl pursues her sweetheart, Bryce, but everything turns upside down the following year, when Bryce becomes the pursuer and she finally starts losing interest.
What Happened to Goodbye
by Sarah Dessen

Moving frequently with her restaurant consultant father after her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean adopts various personas in each of her temporary residences before an opportunity for a long-term home and a new relationship tempt Mclean to be herself.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different
Close to Famous
by Joan Bauer

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there