Get Real: Realistic Fiction for Teens

Recommended books for teens in the genre of realistic fiction.

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Ask Me No Questions
Artist/Author/Cast:
Budhos, Marina
Call Number:
YP F Budhos
Description:

In the aftermath of 9/11, Nadira and her family try to return to the U.S. after their visas have expired.

Breaking Through
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jiménez, Francisco
Call Number:
YP F Jimenez
Description:

After emigrating to California, fourteen-year-old Francisco works the fields while completing his education in hopes of improving his life.

Does My Head Look Big in This?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
Call Number:
YP F Abdel-Fattah
Description:

To demonstrate her faith, Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, drawing unwanted attention from the community.

Estrella's Quinceanera
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alegria, Malin
Call Number:
YP F Alegría
Description:

Estrella wants nothing to do with the gaudy quinceanera her mom and aunt are planning for her.

Every Soul a Star
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mass, Wendy
Call Number:
YP F Mass
Description:

The lives of three teens yanked out of their comfort zones intersect during a solar eclipse.

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brande, Robin
Call Number:
YP F Brande
Description:

Despite the religious beliefs of her family and friends, Mena defends a teacher's refusal to cover intelligent design in class.

Five Flavors of Dumb
Artist/Author/Cast:
John, Antony
Call Number:
F John
Description:

Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

Heat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lupica, Mike
Call Number:
YP F Lupica
Description:

Orphaned pitching sensation Michael Arroyo tries to evade social services when rival Little League teams question his age.

Hush
Artist/Author/Cast:
Woodson, Jacqueline
Call Number:
YP F Woodson
Description:

Toswiah struggles with the changes that come after her family enters the witness protection program.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Artist/Author/Cast:
Choldenko, Gennifer
Call Number:
YP F Choldenko
Description:

New kid Walk and bully victim Kirsten find their places at a private school, while they are inexplicably drawn together.

Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
YP F Paulsen
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Kevin is a pro at lying, which he thinks makes life easier but in reality complicates everything.

Messed Up
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lynch, Janet Nichols
Call Number:
YP F Lynch
Description:

Repeat eighth grader RD finds trouble when his grandfather dies and he covers it up to avoid foster care.

Once Was Lost
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zarr, Sara
Call Number:
F Zarr
Description:

A teenage member of a small town congregation disappears causing Samara to withdraw from her friends and pastor father.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barkley, Brad; Hepler, Heather
Call Number:
YP F Barkley
Description:

Calliope and Eliot fall in love, despite their radically different families.

Shark Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bingham, Kelly
Call Number:
YP F Bingham
Description:

Gifted artist Jane loses her arm to a shark and struggles through physical and emotional recovery in the aftermath.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lubar, David
Call Number:
YP F Lubar
Description:

With the stress of starting high school, Scott begins writing a survival manual for his future sibling.

Speak
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Call Number:
YP F Anderson
Description:

Melinda stops speaking after a traumatic incident at a party the previous spring.

Stargirl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spinelli, Jerry
Call Number:
YP F Spinelli
Description:

Leo narrates this story about an eccentric student named Stargirl, who changes his life forever.

Stringz
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wenberg, Michael
Call Number:
YP F Wenberg
Description:

Musical genius Jace receives the chance to live with a stable family member and pursue his dreams in music.

The Chosen One
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Carol Lynch
Call Number:
F Williams
Description:

Kyra begins plotting her escape from her polygamist community after becoming engaged to her uncle.

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