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The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

Amelia and Rhonda have decided that they aren’t and can’t be popular. What they really DON”T want to be is unpopular. They just want to be right there in the middle.

To accomplish their goal of not being unpopular they consult the book The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular…which offers all kinds of ridiculous popularity advice for them to try.¬†They try out new hairstyles, new friends, and they even try out for cheerleading…with surprising results.

Funny, sincere and truthful as always –¬†Amelia really does rule. She’s the friend you want to have and the friend you want to be. Author: Jimmy Gownley

Definitely try them all:

#1: The Whole World’s Crazy
#2: What Makes You Happy
#3: Superheroes
#4: When the Past is Present
#5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular

More books featuring kids like Amelia and her friends:
Zebrafish Smile Finally Allie Finkle
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Zebrafish

Zebrafish

Zebrafish

Vita buys a used guitar, thinks up a great band name – The Vita-mins – and then puts up flyers at school to hold auditions to find some bandmates. Some kids show up but none of them play an instrument. They meet again anyway and a plan starts to come together. Plinko and Jay have video skills, Tanya writes songs, Walt’s an artist and Vita can sing. It’s not a band, but it IS something special.

Zebrafish is a graphic novel with great pictures and a great story. The kids are real – not comic book superheroes. If you like lots of illustrations and stories that show true-to life kids dealing with real life problems, try these:
The Lasts Invisible Boy Smile Amelia Rules The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
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Big Nate In a Class By Himself

Big Nate In a Class By Himself

Big Nate

Nate is sure he is destined for greatness. He’s either going to be great playing soccer, playing in his band, playing table football or cartooning. He is NOT going to be great in opera, synchronized swimming, or cat grooming. Nate thinks his greatness will evolve as long as the grown-ups and mind-numbing school don’t wreck his carefully laid plans.

When a fortune cookie predicts “Today, you will surpass all others,” Nate is sure his time has come. Even after Mrs. Godfrey, his teacher, finds his checklist of nicknames he has for her (Godzilla, She Who Must Not Be Named, Queen Kong, Dullapalooza), that one little detention slip doesn’t trample Nate’s belief that his day will have greatness in it. He keeps his chin up even after the next detention slip, and the next…

If you like Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I think you’ll like Nate too. Flip through a few pages by clicking on the “Browse Inside” Icon. You’ll see what I mean. LOL. Author: 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 (February 5, 2013)
6: Big Nate In the Zone (Sometime 2013)
7: Big Nate Cracks the Code (Sometime 2013)

If you think Nate is funny, try some of these:
Dog Days Smile Amelia Rules Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday
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Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse is one tough mouse. He’s quick thinking, he’s smart, he takes some risks and lives to tell about it.  Sometimes he chooses not to follow the rules and sometimes this gets him into trouble! He saves the day, for sure, but he can’t seem to do it without blowing stuff up.

When his last mission is described as “ill conceived, poorly executed, and by all accounts a failure” his boss makes him take on a partner. Missile Mouse is not happy. Like Mr. Incredible, he works alone.

Perfect. Now you have me babysitting.

Actually, I need him to keep on eye on you. I can’t have you making any more bonehead mistakes.

Missile Mouse and his new partner are given a mission that is more important than ever. In fact, there is no room for bonehead mistakes or the entire universe is in peril! They cannot let the Star Crusher be built. Good guys, bad guys, betrayals, aliens, spaceships, explosions…it’s all in here. Author: Jake Parker

Missile Mouse Official Website

If you like Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher try these:

Book jacket for Missile Mouse Rescue on Tankium 3Book jacket for G-Man Learning to FlyBook jacket for Sardine in Outer SpaceBook jacket for Zita the Space Girl
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The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

The Secret Science Alliance

Genius Julian is psyched to start a new school. He has a plan called “Operation Act Odinary” to finally be someone other than the smart nerd. On the first day of school he resists raising his hand and exclaims, “Only geeks like chess. I hate chess!” On the second day he can hardly stand it and eventually blurts out a complicated physics answer and immediately earns the nicknames “Einstein” and “Brainiac.” He’s the smart kid again and he’s really bummed!

What Julian doesn’t know is that there are kindred spirits in his school…and they’ve been watching him. Watching and waiting. And then they make contact by encoded message, a message only a fellow genius would figure out. Classmates Ben and Greta show up at the rendevous and induct Julian into their covert club, The Secret Science Alliance. They even have a top secret hideout full of high tech toys and gadgets and all kind of parts to invent things with. 

The kids start to meet up everyday after school and on weekends to work on their projects: the stink-o-meter, nightsneak goggles and a hovercraft, just to name a few. When a rival scientist steals their book of ideas and is sure to use it for his evil plans, it takes all of their genius and gadgets to bring him to justice.  Author: Eleanor Davis Award: Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth 2010.

This book is full of colorful, busy, interesting illustrations – it’s a graphic novel so every page is illustrated. There are diagrams of inventions and cutaways so you can see inside things.

A lot of the pictures look like Rube Goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist famous for drawing funny, complicated machines that do very simple things…like sharpen a pencil or put toothpaste on a toothbrush.  At Rube’s Official Website you can look at a gallery of his drawings. These drawings were inspirations for some of what you see in The Secret Science Alliance. There are lots and lots of details in each picture and the diagrams contain many steps and lots of labels. Purdue has a famous contest each year named after Rube Goldberg.  During the contest, students try to build the most complicated machine to perform a simple task. The task for the 2010 contest is…dispensing hand sanitizeer…or course!

If you like gadgets and technology, try these:
Trackers NERDS M is for Mama's Boy STORM The Infinity Code
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