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Realistic Fiction

Young Adult Realistic Fiction
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

A novel in verse follows the experiences of twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan, who struggle with challenges on and off the court while their father ignores his declining health.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Leaving the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, Junior struggles to find his place in his new surroundings in order to escape his destiny back on the reservation.
The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Enduring a transient existence before starting school in her Iraq War veteran father's hometown, a troubled Hayley Kincaid longs for a normal life and pursues a relationship with a secretive boy before her father's PTSD leads to a disturbing drug problem. 
Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda finds herself an outcast at her high school for calling the cops on an end of summer party, and, although she finds comfort in her art class, she still holds a terrible secret.
Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer

When sixteen-year-old Hope and her aunt move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin to manage the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by Ann Brashares

As they part for the summer, four friends, Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, embark on a journey of self-discovery when they decide to share an old pair of worn jeans that were purchased from a thrift shop and form the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Peas and Carrots
by Tanita S. Davis

Placed with her baby brother's foster family when their mother is arrested again, Dess struggles with the family's optimism while trying to find common ground with her naïve foster sister, who helps her understand her own feelings about wanting to belong.
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.
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.
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. 
See You At Harry's
by Johanna Knowles

Fern feels invisible in her family, where Sarah is working at the family restaurant, Holden is struggling with bullies, and Charlie is the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point. 
Ungifted
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.
Since You've Been Gone
by Morgan Matson

Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try. 
Monster
by Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. 
We Are All Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother, whose ex-husband lives in their guest house. 
Wonder
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.
All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints. 
The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

Working in the local funeral home to support his family after his mother's death and his father's descent into alcoholism, Matt falls in love with a tough girl who never cries and who understands his loneliness. 
Orbiting Jupiter
by Gary D. Schmidt

Twelve-year-old Jack narrates the story of foster teen Joseph, who after serving time in a juvenile facility has been placed with a family on a rural Maine farm and who resolves to track down the daughter he has never met.
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.
Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm. 
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again. 
A Time to Dance
by Padma Venkatraman

Losing her leg after a devastating injury, talented Indian dancer Veda begins retraining on her prosthetic leg before falling in love with a young man who approaches dance from a spiritual perspective and who helps Veda to better understand herself and the world.
Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls. 
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