What are the best realistic fiction novels for young adult boys?

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    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.


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    Sharon Gibson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Holes is one of those books that every YA boy should read. Stanley's character is so well conceived and his growth keeps the story moving and interesting."
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    #2The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Karen Hopkins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Read this through to make sure it was a suitable gift for my friend's 14 year old son. I thought it was well written. A quick and easy read, yet heartwarming and real. However, be warned! There are some hard, dark, thematic issues like alcoholism, and lots of sexual issues, and just overwhelming difficult issues for young readers to fully deal with! In hindsight, not sure I would recommend for anyone under 18. "
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    #3Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

    Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

    Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) is a children's fictional novel written by Jeff Kinney. This children's fictional novel was published by Amulet Books. Dog Days is the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.


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    Craig Cooper
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I read this to my children, and it's one of the few so called Kid's books I can stand. It's a very lived in world, where things are sort of messy. It fits in well with out family."
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    #4The Dead I Know

    The Dead I Know

    The Dead I Know is a fictional story about a man who does not fear death, Aaron Rowe. He walks in his sleeps and has worsening dreams that he can't explain. He then realizes that he needs to unveil his past to help him face his fears.


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    George Silva
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is one of the best page turners that I've read in a while. This coming of age novel keeps you on the edge of your seat with the vivid description of the terrors our protagonist experiences. Expect a lot of feelings of panic and sorrow from this book."
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    #5Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you like young-adult fiction novels, than you definitely love this book by John Green."
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    #6The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Susan Rose
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This sounds intriguing! I think my preteen could probably get through this book and if she could'nt I know my younger sister would enjoy it"
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    #7Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee is a juvenile fiction book by Jerry Spinelli. It was originally published in 1990, and it won the Newbery Medal in 1991. It tells the story of an orphan, Jeffrey Lionel Magee, who became a legend in their small town.


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    Sue Wu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Maniac Magee is a juvenile fiction book which won some awards about an orphan who becomes a legend in their small town. This book gets a 4.5 out of 5 stars and is easy to read and interesting."
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    #8Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Israel Rocha
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is honestly a fun read and not something too deep that any young adult can appreciate. Sometimes you just wanna relax and get lost in a story, this is it. "
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    #9Paper Towns

    Paper Towns
    Paper Towns is a book by JohnGreen that tells a story about Margo and Quentin. Margo is famous in their university but her friends betrayed her so she asked for Quentin's help to prank them, but the next day she's gone missing.

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    Charles Reynolds
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I could see and understand Where young adults would get wrapped up in this book"
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    #10Freak the Mighty

    Freak the Mighty
    Freak the Mighty (Scholastic Gold) is an Academic, Young Adult and Realistic Fiction novel written by Rodman Philbrick. It was published June 1, 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks.

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    Leonardo Amador
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a wonderful book that I bought for my kid. For those who don't know, it is a story of a large boy and his friend who is a small frail genius. My kid related to the characters which is why he loved it. It is a good books for kid that I would recommend."
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    #11Caleb and Kit

    Caleb and Kit
    Caleb and Kit is a realistic fiction for children written by Beth Vrabel. Originally published by Running Press Kids in 2017, it focuses on the story of Caleb who has cystic fibrosis and his friend Kit.

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    Jeffrey Miller
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Caleb and kit nice book simply"
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    #12Boy vs. Girl

    Boy vs. Girl
    Boy vs. Girl is a young-adult fiction written by Na'ima B. Robert. First published in 2011, Boy vs. Girl focuses on the story of the twins Farhana and Faraz.

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    Julie Rose
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great coming of age story with realistic characters and believable settings. The reading level for this book is 12-15 years old (although Hunger Games taught us we all love a good YA story). This book is not a biography but a novel that focuses on faith and what it means to grow up Muslim. Sounds extremely realistic."
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    Canyons is a young adult historical mystery fiction novel written by Gary Paulsen. This realistic fiction book is first published in 1990 by Laurel Leaf Library.


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    Gerald Douglas
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I read this book when I was a young man and I thought it was great. It is fiction, but it is so realistic. I plan on reading it again as an old man. "


Best What are the best realistic fiction novels for young adult boys
1HolesBooks 19 Paid
2The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 17 Paid
3Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)Books 15 Paid
4The Dead I KnowBooks 14 Paid
5Looking for AlaskaBooks 11 Paid
6The Catcher in the RyeBooks 10 Paid
7Maniac MageeBooks 9 Paid
8Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 7 Paid
9Paper TownsBooks 4 Paid
10Freak the MightyBooks 1 Paid

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