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Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Hard Luck


NEW!  Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-6 eBooks to check out:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series:
#1: Greg Heffley’s Journal on CDeBook
#2: Rodrick Rules on CDeBook
#3: The Last Straw on CDeBook
#4: Dog Days on CDeBook
#5: The Ugly Truth on CDeBook
#6: Cabin Fever on CDeBook
#7: The Third Wheel on CD
#8: Hard Luck

If you like reading Greg Heffley’s diary, you might like some of these books that are also about kids trying to make their way in Middle School. Some of these kids are also irreverent (that means disrespectful!) and lazy…just like Greg!  Some of them write in a diary and some don’t, but ALL of them are funny. I highly recommend Big Nate, Timothy Failure, Origami Yoda, Amelia Rules & Dear Dumb Diary!

Galactic Hot Dog Cosmo's Wiener GetawayGalactic Hot Dogs Cosmo’s Wiener Getaway by Max Braillier
When Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him G-Man) has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city (like Captain Thunderman) in the fight for justice. After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he’s the most popular kid in school! Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them?
The G-Man Super JournalThe G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso
Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not ReadingCharlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
#1: Guide to Not Reading
#2: Guide to Extra Credit
#3: Guide to Summer Vacation
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were MadeTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise “Total Failure, Inc.” challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.
The 13-Story TreehouseThe 13-Story Treehouse by Terry Denton
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.
DoodlebugDoodlebug by Karen Young
Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
#1: Doodlebug
#2: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
Big Nate in a Class by HimselfBig Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
#1: Big Nate in a Class by Himself
#2: Big Nate Strikes Again
#3: Big Nate on a Roll
#4: Big Nate Goes for Broke
#5: Big Nate Flips Out
#6: Big Nate In the Zone coming out 2014
The Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
The Whole World's CrazyThe Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley
In this first book of Amelia’s adventures, Amelia and her friends take on bullies (and Santa!), barely survive gym class, and receive a disgustingly detailed explanation of the infamous Sneeze Barf.
Amelia Rules!
#1: The Whole World’s Crazy
#2: What Makes You Happy
#3: Superheroes
#4: When the Past is a Present
#5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Popular
Let's Pretend This Never HappenedLet’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.
Dear Dumb Diary
#1: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
#2: My Pants Are Haunted
#3: Am I the Princess or the Frog?
#4: Never Do Anything Ever
#5: Can Adults Become Humen?
#6: The Problem With Here is That it’s Where I’m From
#7: Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
#8: It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything
#9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For
#10: The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free
#11: OK, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
#12: Me! (Just Like You Only Better)
The Homework MachineThe Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Four fifth-grade students–a geek, a class clown, a teacher’s pet, and a slacker–as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.
Lunch Walks Among UsLunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.
Franny K. Stein
#1: Lunch Walks Among Us
#2: Attack of the 50-Foot Cupid
#3: The Invisible Fran
#4: The Fran That Time Forgot
#5: Frantastic Voyage
#6: The Fran With Four Brains
#7: The Frandidate
Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous LifeTales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.
Dork Diaries
#1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
#2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
#3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star
#4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
#5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsThe Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
#1: The Adventures of Captain Underpants
#2: The Attack of the Talking Toilets
#3: The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies…
#4: The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
#5: TheWrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman
#6: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1
#7: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2
#8: The Revenge of the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsMiddle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, and a vast array of other items, this hilarious story follows Ginny, who is having the worst school year ever, as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
The Adventures of Captain UnderpantsSchooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Secret IdentitySecret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman!
#1: Secret Identity
#2: Attack of the Tagger
#3: Meet the Gecko
#4: Enemy Spy
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Black History Month

Black History Month

Heart and Soul

Sometimes history can be overwhelming for me. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it.

This is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a part of your country and it doesn’t matter if you are black or white or young or old. Our country is only 236 years old. That’s a baby country. And in that time we have worked through some struggles that could have ended really badly. Instead, we have struggled together to work out our differences and find common ground and build a life together.

This book shows how a country can go from thinking a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. It doesn’t say the job is done, but it shows how we got to where we are today. And it has the BEST paintings. Author: Kadir Nelson

Read Right Now!:


More Info Guides about Black History:

Books about Black History:

If you like reading about the story of America and African Americans try these::
Traveling Experience Miles Powerful
Crafts Woodson Moving Job
Marching Culture Come Color
Handy Harlem Sugar Courage
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Mysteries & Detective Skills

Mysteries & Detective Skills
MissingDictionary WimpyKidLogo
Watch The Mystery of the Missing Dictionary – You all know that Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley. He’s got a mystery in his classroom that needs clearing up. Can Greg help, or will he just make it worse? You be the judge

The Master Detective Handbook

You want to be a detective? Uncover clues? Follow leads? Solve mysteries? I don’t blame you, being a detective can be really exciting. It can also be dangerous. Are you up for dangerous?

You can learn everything you need to know to go from Rookie to Ace Detective. Try out the Bernstein Academy: Become a Detective or any of the detective activities listed below. Learn and practice new detective skills then test each skill online following clues and doing labwork.

If you are curious, like to ask why, are a good listener, pay attention to details, and can keep your cool…make yourself a Rookie ID and start building your skills. If you’re good, you just might become an Ace.

Get started at What’s My Detective Name? Then make yourself a Rookie ID and stash it in one of these homemade wallets:

Then get to work learning essential detective skills:

When you think you are an Ace Detective try your talents out on some of those online mysteries:


Easy Mystery eBooks:

The Nystery of the Blue Ring The Fenway Foul Up Who Cloned the President?
The Case of the Lost Boy The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport The Absent Author
January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children
The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Chameleon wore Chartreuse Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Easy Mystery eAudiobooks:

A to Z Mysteries Vol. 1 Calendar Mysteries Vol. 1 The Boxcar Children Collection
The Great Cake Mystery Geronimo Stilton, vol. 1 The Bunnicula Collection
Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, Vol. 1

Easy Mystery Books:

The Absent Author January Joker The Great Cake Mystery The Boxcar Children The Absent Author
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse Bunnicula Howliday Inn
The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster Scooby Doo! And the Groovy Ghost Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Chapter Book Mysteries:

Rescuing Seneca Crane Shakespreare's Secret Found The Mysterious Benedict Society
Half Moon Investigations The Dead Drop The Pickle King The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye
The Vanishing Girl When You Reach Me The Name of this Book is Secret The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
Scat The Danger Box The London Eye Mystery Joey Fly Private Eye


Want to read more without ever leaving home? Use your indyPL library card to download eBooks and audiobooks. Click on a book jacket to choose a book to download.

Downloadable Books:

HalfMoonBook ThisHour Chameleon SkullIsland
DollhouseMurders DangerBox RunawayRacehorse TVDog
PabloNose JeffersonMansion AirportMystery SchoolhouseMystery
BrokenLocket EnolaGypsy EnolaMissing EyeCrow

Downloadable Audiobooks:

HalfMoonAudio GhostSecret SherlockSecret SherlockBeast
TimeForgot SherlockAdventures MysteriesAC MysteriesDG
MysteriesHJ MysteryKN MysteriesOR MysteriesSV
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Geisel Award

Geisel Award

The Geisel Award is given each year to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.


2017 Winner:

We Are Growing Written & Illustrated by: Laurie Keller

Past Winners:

2016: Don’t Throw It To Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks
2015: You Are Not Small, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
2014: The Watermelon Seed, written by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
2013: Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long
2012: Tales for Very Picky Eaters written and illustrated by Josh Schneider
2011: Bink and Gollie written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
2010: Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes
2009: Are You Ready to Play Outside? written and illustrated by Mo Willems
2008: There is a Bird on Your Head written and illustrated by Mo Willems
2007: Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways written and illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
2006: Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson

Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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