NEW! Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-6 eBooks to check out:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series:
#1: Greg Heffley’s Journal on CD, eBook
#2: Rodrick Rules on CD, eBook
#3: The Last Straw on CD, eBook
#4: Dog Days on CD, eBook
#5: The Ugly Truth on CD, eBook
#6: Cabin Fever on CD, eBook
#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!
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|Galactic 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 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 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 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 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.
|Doodlebug 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.
#2: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
|Big 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 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 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.
#1: The Whole World’s Crazy
#2: What Makes You Happy
#4: When the Past is a Present
#5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Popular
|Let’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 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 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 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.
#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 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
|Middle 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.
|Schooled 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 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
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth won the 2016 CYBIL Award in the category: Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novel. More 2016 Cybils Winners. The illustrator, Raul Gonzalez, won the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration. More Belpre Medal Winners.
Lupe (master mechanic), El Chavo (power washer – with eight arms it’s easy!), and Elirio (master painter and detailer) reign supreme in their own service garage. THey work their magic on run down trucks, sedans & vans, making the ordinary…extraordinary! When their pet cat Genie comes up missing from the garage they load into their hydraulically tricked out, jet-powered car to find her. When they say they’ll go to the ends of the earth to find her…they mean it! ¡Vámonos!
Their quest to locate Genie takes them to an elaborate corn maze and the Underworld of Mictlantecuhtli deep in the center of the earth. Like Hades in Greek Mythology, Mictlantecuhtli is God of the Dead and King of the Underworld in Aztec Mythology. (The Aztecs were people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.)
As you might guess, Mictlantecuhtli is not nice! Or honest! If the friends are going to get their cat back they’re going to have to be extra brave as well as extra smart. It takes some moxie to outsmart the Lord of the Underworld!
Most of the book is written in English but some words and phrases are in Spanish. You can see what the Spanish words mean at the bottom of each page. These words and phrases…are probably not what you learn first in Spanish class…but might be what you learn first from a Spanish speaking friend. ¡Qué chido!
Here are some examples:
- ¡Ándale! – Come on!
- ¡Así mero! – Just like that
- Chamacos – Pip-squeaks
- ¡Vámonos! – Let’s go!
- Tatuajes – Tattoos
- Vatos – Dudes
Don’t miss the Lowriders first adventure, The Lowriders in Space!
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In this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, is in trouble up to his eyeballs again. His mouth…well, sometimes he just can’t help himself.
Rather than take Nate’s advice for making the headlines of the school newspaper less boring – “Lunch Stinks! Students’ Lives at Risk” – Kayla suggests he use his cartooning talents for a gossip column. Nate jumps at the chance, providing cartoons that tease both students and staff members alike. When the new issue comes out EVERYBODY is laughing…except the Principal, who thinks Nate crosses the line and Randy, who does not appreciate the public exposure and retaliates with an ominous “you’re dead” directed at Nate in the hallway.
Uh-oh. This is war! Can Nate once again save himself…from himself? Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Series:
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
7. Big Nate Lives It Up
8. Big Nate Blasts Off
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