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
Description:

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

Estrella`s Quinceañera
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alegria, Malin
Call Number:
YP F Alegria
Description:

Estrella wants nothing to do with the gaudy quinceañera 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:

Piper is a seventeen-year-old high school senior, and she's just been challenged to get her school's super-popular rock band, Dumb, a paying gig. The catch? Piper is deaf.

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.

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