Realisitic and Historical YA Fiction

08 Jul

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Jeff beat cancer but discovers that happily ever after isn’t quite what he expected. To get into high school, he has to pass a statewide standardized test in math, his worst subject. His best friend Tad, also a cancer survivor, is back in treatment. The only bright spot is that a cute new girl Lindsey is showing an interest in him. Now if he could just figure out how to talk to her!

Ashes by Kathryn Lasky (Historical)

In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby Schramm and others living in Germany witness the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power.  Some people in town support this new power while others fear it.  Where do Gaby, her family, and their friends fit in?

Bystander by James Preller

Seventh grader Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.

The Great Death by John Smelcer (Historical)

In the early twentieth century, an Alaskan village’s only survivors of a sickness brought by white men, sisters Millie, aged thirteen, and Maura, ten, make their way south in hopes of finding someone else alive.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Fantasy/Realistic)

Nora had always been so careful when it came to falling in love.  She didn’t let herself.  Until she met Patch. She is mysteriously attracted to him although she senses that he has a dark side.  Is he just a bad boy or something more?

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

7th grader Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for class president, nothing will stand in his way.

A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
Ever since her brother died, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town. All summer long, she’s stayed inside drawing maps and pictures of imaginary places and travels. Now she must face reality and start high school.

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
Destiny’s number one rule is don’t get attached. But one day, she breaks that rule, and a lot of others, when she “borrows” a car and goes on a roadtrip with three of her classmates. This day has a destiny of its own and their trip turns into a journey that none of them could have imagined.

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Sam used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. When you’re a pastor’s kid, it’s hard not to buy into the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and good in the world. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mom is in rehab after a DUI and her dad is more interested in his congregation than his family. When a member of her congregation is kidnapped, the tragedy reflects Sam’s personal one, and it makes her question her faith even more.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)

Raina just wants to be a normal middle school kid. But one night while racing her friends, she trips and falls, seriously damaging her front teeth.  And what comes next is really tough – having braces put on and taken off, surgery, headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. PLUS there is her non-dental life to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who are less than friendly. Can’t wait to start reading?  The entire comic is available online:

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

At school, she’s Jamie – blonde haired, blue contacts, fashionably dressed and one of the crowd.  At home, she’s Jamilah – Lebanese, attending madrassa and dealing with a father who lives in the Stone Age. When her friends start to wonder about Jamie’s life outside of school, she is worried that her secrets might be revealed. Can Jamie figure out a way to be both Jamie and Jamilah?

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (Historical Fiction)

From his 1776 homestead, Thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.

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