Get Real: Realistic Fiction for Teens

Recommended books for teens in the genre of realistic fiction.

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Better Nate Than Ever
Artist/Author/Cast:
Federle, Tim
Call Number:
YP F Federle
Description:

Nate, who dreams of starring in a Broadway musical, concocts a plan to run away to New York to audition.

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.

The Crossover
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alexander, Kwame
Call Number:
YP F Alexander
Description:

Twins Josh and Jordan are awesome on the court, but they soon learn that breaking the rules have awful consequences.

The First Part Last
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnson, Angela
Call Number:
YP F Johnson
Description:

Bobby's life is forever changed after he becomes a father.

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.

I Represent Sean Rosen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Baron, Jeff
Call Number:
YP F Baron
Description:

With the help of his "manager," a thirteen-year-old boy sells a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio.

The Juvie Three
Artist/Author/Cast:
Korman, Gordon
Call Number:
YP F Korman
Description:

Three juvenile delinquents living in a halfway house find themselves on their own after their guardian loses his memory.

Last Shot
Artist/Author/Cast:
Feinstein, John
Call Number:
YP F Feinstein
Description:

Two teens win a trip to the Final Four, but unexpectedly discover a blackmailing plot against a star player.

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.

The Misfits
Artist/Author/Cast:
Howe, James; Slota, Gerald (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Howe
Description:

The eccentric and misfit Group of Five tries to create a third party to run for student government.

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.

Peeled
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bauer, Joan
Call Number:
YP F Bauer
Description:

School reporter Hildy Biddle investigates strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Sean Griswold's Head
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leavitt, Lindsey
Call Number:
YP F Leavitt
Description:

Overwhelmed with life, Payton takes her counselor’s advice to find an object to focus her emotions on: Sean Griswold’s head.

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.

Stuck in Neutral
Artist/Author/Cast:
Trueman, Terry
Call Number:
YP F Trueman
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Shawn, who has severe cerebral palsy, relates his belief that his father is planning to kill him.

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