Realistic Fiction for Grades 6-8

Recommended reading from the Junior High (Y) collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AlexanderThe Crossover
In this novel in verse, twin basketball stars experience highs and lows on and off the court as their father's health declines. (237 pp.)
Y Alexander
Anderson Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. (197 pp.)
Y Anderson
BauerClose 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. (250 pp.)
Y Bauer
BigelowDrum Roll, Please
Summer brings changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for another girl at rock n' roll camp. (306 pp.)
Y Bigelow
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. (164 pp.)
Y Blume
BuyeaBecause of Mr. Terupt
Students tell how their lives are improved by a "rookie teacher." (269 pp.)
Y Buyea
CartayaEach Tiny Spark
Emilia struggles with ADHD, her father's behavior after his military service, evolving friendships, and a conflict over school redistricting. (315 pp.)
Y Cartaya
ChengSee You in the Cosmos
Alex and his dog make big discoveries about his family on a road trip. Alex records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space. (314 pp.)
Y Cheng
ConnorWaiting for Normal
When Addie and her mother move into a trailer, Addie must cope with her mother's erratic behavior. Along the way, she finds new friends. (290 pp.)
Y Connor
CormierThe Chocolate War
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fundraising drive. (253 pp.)
Y Cormier
DeeMaybe He Just Likes You
When boys in her class start touching Mila and making her feel uncomfortable, she does not want to tell anyone until she reaches her breaking point. (286 pp.)
Y Dee
FederleBetter 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." (275 pp.)
Y Federle
GantosJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Joey struggles to control his ADHD as he deals with his troubled family and problems at school. (153 pp.)
Y Gantos
GreenwaldMy 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. (267 pp.)
Y Greenwald
HintonThe Outsiders
Ponyboy and his friends, considered greasers and outsiders from society, wrestle with right and wrong. (188 pp.)
Y Hinton
HoltRhyme Schemer
A novel in verse about Kevin's journey from bully to being bullied, as he learns about friendship, family, and his talent for poetry. (167 pp.)
Y Holt
KimRunning Through Sprinklers
Sara and Nadine have been close for years, but when Nadine skips a grade and begins high school first, Sara must discover who she is without Nadine. (209 pp.)
Y Kim
A troublemaker is accidentally sent to a special school for gifted students after pulling a major prank at middle school. (280 pp.)
Y Korman
Lockhart The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
A sophomore girl infiltrates her school's all-male secret society. (345 pp.)
Y Lockhart
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, Steve records his experiences in the form of a film script. (281 pp.)
Y Myers
PancholyThe Best at It
Rahul, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay. (320 pp.)
Y Pancholy
PerezStrange Birds
After they fail to persuade a girls club to change an outdated tradition, four friends form a new group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. (365 pp.)
Y Perez
PlaThe Someday Birds
Charlie, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, endures a family road trip to visit his father, who has been injured in Afghanistan. (327 pp.)
Y Pla
PolonskyGracefully Grayson
Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world. (243 pp.)
Y Polonsky
QuigleyApple in the Middle
Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her late mother's Native American relatives for the first time. (229 pp.)
Y Quigley
Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite track team, Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father. (181 pp.)
Y Reynolds
WargaOther Words for Home
Jude is sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence. (342 pp.)
Y Warga
WatsonPiecing Me Together
Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed, but some opportunities don't feel welcome. (264 pp.)
Y Watson

Last Updated: 8/20


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