Realistic Fiction for Grades 6-8

Recommended reading from the Junior High (Y) Collection. Many are available in both hardcover and paperback. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Abdel-Fattah Ten Things I Hate about Me     (Jamilah tries to hide her Lebanese-Muslim heritage from her classmates until her conflicted feelings become too much to bear.)
Alexander The Crossover    (In this novel in verse, twin basketball stars experience highs and lows on and off the court as their father's health declines.)
Anderson Speak    (A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.)
Bauer Close to Famous    (Foster and her mother must start over again in a small town, where Foster's baking skills help them build a new life.)
Blume Then Again, Maybe I Won't : A Novel     (Facing changes to his family, his friends, and himself, a thirteen-year-old finds the pains in his stomach getting worse and worse.)
Buyea Because of Mr. Terupt    (Seven fifth-graders relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.)
Cormier The Chocolate War    (A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive.)
Federle Better Nate Than Ever    (A boy who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical runs away to New York to audition for the musical version of "E.T.")
Gantos Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key    (Joey struggles to control his ADHD as he deals with his troubled family and problems at school.)
Greenwald My Life in Pink and Green    (When her family's drugstore is failing, Lucy uses her talents to come up with solution that might save the business.)
Han To All the Boys I've Loved Before    (Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them until one day the letters are accidentally sent.)
Hinton The Outsiders    (Ponyboy and his friends, considered greasers and outsiders from society, wrestle with right and wrong.)
Johnson 13 Little Blue Envelopes    (When Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes, she criss-crosses Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.)
Johnson The First Part Last     (Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.)
Konigsburg The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place    (Margaret spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their backyard.)
Korman Ungifted    (A troublemaker is accidentally sent to a special school for gifted students after pulling a major prank at middle school.)
Lockhart The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks    (A sophomore girl infiltrates her boarding school's all-male secret society. )
Murdock Dairy Queen : A Novel     (After spending her summer training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself.)
Myers Monster    (While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, Steve records his experiences in the form of a film script.)
Myracle Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks     (Free spirit Carly struggles with her newly popular younger sister as they both begin attending the same private high school.)
Philbin The Daughters    (In New York City, three best friends who are all daughters of celebrities move out of the shadows of their parents.)
Stead Liar and Spy    (As Georges adjusts to his changing family life, he meets a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.)
Wolff Make Lemonade    (In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.)
Woodson After Tupac & D Foster     (Three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music as they try to make sense of their unpredictable world.)

Last Updated: 4/15

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