Realistic Fiction for Grades 6-8

Recommended reading from the Junior High (Y) Collection. Many are available in both hardcover and paperback. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
Abdel-Fattah Ten Things I Hate about Me
Jamilah tries to hide her Lebanese-Muslim heritage from her classmates until her conflicted feelings become too much to bear. (297 pp.)
Y Abdel-Fattah
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
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
Seven fifth-graders relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. (269 pp.)
Y Buyea
CormierThe Chocolate War
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive. (253 pp.)
Y Cormier
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
HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them until one day the letters are accidentally sent. (355 pp.)
Y Han
HintonThe Outsiders
Ponyboy and his friends, considered greasers and outsiders from society, wrestle with right and wrong. (188 pp.)
Y Hinton
Johnson13 Little Blue Envelopes
When Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes, she criss-crosses Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life. (317 pp.)
Y Johnson
Johnson The First Part Last
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter. (131 pp.)
Y Johnson
KonigsburgThe Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
Margaret spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their backyard. (296 pp.)
Y Konigsburg
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 boarding school's all-male secret society. (345 pp.)
Y Lockhart
Murdock Dairy Queen : A Novel
After spending her summer training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself. (275 pp.)
Y Murdock
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, Steve records his experiences in the form of a film script. (281 pp.)
Y Myers
Myracle Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks
Free spirit Carly struggles with her newly popular younger sister as they both begin attending the same private high school. (292 pp.)
Y Myracle
PhilbinThe Daughters
In New York City, three best friends who are all daughters of celebrities move out of the shadows of their parents. (275 pp.)
Y Philbin
SteadLiar and Spy
As Georges adjusts to his changing family life, he meets a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building. (180 pp.)
Y Stead
WolffMake Lemonade
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother. (200 pp.)
Y Wolff
Woodson After Tupac & D Foster
Three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music as they try to make sense of their unpredictable world. (153 pp.)
Y Woodson

Last Updated: 4/15


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