The Real World

Middle Grade List

  • Penderwicks Series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Ramon books by Beverly Cleary
  • The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
  • Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth by Sandra Dutton
  • Blubbler by Judy Blume
  • Fudge series by Judy Blume
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Young Adult List

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith
  • In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
  • Stick by Andrew Smith
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (The narrator is Death but the rest is real!)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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