Get Real

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:

Deaf Piper wants to prove her independence to her family by managing her classmates’ constantly bickering band.

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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