The Fantasy Explosion

Have you noticed the explosion of fantasy books? You can’t go five books on a shelf in the Teen section without at least 1 fantasy book. And while I love fantasy, there are many fantastic (pun fully intended) non-fantasy titles. They range from historical fiction, to mystery, or even the dreaded school story (just kidding!).
Here are some titles if you are looking outside of the fantasy realm to read a book:
Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper
This story tells of several students and how they handle themselves when the unthinkable happens. One of their classmates goes over the edge and brings a gun into their classroom. The story is told in several voices and is a continuation of the November Blues trilogy. 
 
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Conor is the son of a scientist and spends his days with his tutor and the princess of the small country the Saltee Islands, until he discovers a conspiracy against the king too late.  He is then framed and exiled to the prison island where he must fight for his life in inhumane conditions. There is only one way off the island, and that is to fly. Oh, by the way, this takes place before the turn of the 20th century.
 
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill Youby Ally Carter
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a typical boarding school for girls, if your typical boarding school taught you how to be a spy that is. Cammie Morgan is fluent in over 14 languages, can kill a man in 7 different ways but doesn’t have a clue how to handle dating a normal guy without giving away her secrets.
 
All American Girl by Meg Cabot
Samantha Madison is a girl who likes art, but doesn’t like anything having to do with structure. She has dyed her entire wardrobe black, and has hair dye to match just waiting underneath her bathroom sink. But her parents found out about some of her extracurricular activities (drawing girls in a scene with their favorite male celebrity for various amounts of money) and her C- in German. So she is now being forced to attend art lessons. After one humiliating class, she ducks out the next class to spend the time in the record store next door. She steps out just in time to tackle a man who is about to shoot the President of the United States. Now Samantha Madison, hater of all structure, is a national hero. Uh oh.