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.

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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
(2012)
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Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Book Poster Image
Real middle school issues mix with lots of humor.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2012)
(2012)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
(2013)
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Far from the Tree Book Poster Image
Beautifully written story about finding your family.
By Robin Benway
(2017)
(2017)
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Piecing Me Together Book Poster Image
Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art.
By Renee Watson
(2017)
(2017)
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The Unexpected Everything Book Poster Image
Sweet summer romance explores open and honest relationships.
By Morgan Matson
(2016)
(2016)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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The Hate U Give Book Poster Image
Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed black teen.
By Angie Thomas
(2017)
(2017)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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