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Realistic Fiction for Tweens and Teens
Magic, fairies, sci-fi, and mythology all offer a fun escape, but sometimes the world around us can be as magical and dramatic as the best imagined one. Kids love seeing themselves in relatable characters and familiar settings like school and home. Stories about navigating friendships, family dynamics, and real-life romances all resonate. From funny classroom adventures to challenging down-to-earth dilemmas, the books on our list are sure to grab readers. For more great tween and teen reads, check out 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12 and Best Book Series for Teens.