For Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends try to figure out whether or not a paper finger puppet of Yoda can really predict the future.


Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius by Frank Asch

Alex has had enough of his little brother, Jonathan, so he builds a cardboard spaceship to blastoff to a brother-free planet.


Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.


The Rat Brain Fiasco by Julie Gardner Berry

Cody’s misdeeds land him in a boarding school where he soon discovers that the principal and teachers are actually monsters with a sinister plan to alter the boys' brains.

Attack of the Mutant Underwear by Tom Birdseye

Fifth-grader Cody Carson hopes for a fresh start where nobody knows about his humiliating mistakes of the past.


Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L.A. Campbell

Sixth-grader Hal gets a year-long journal assignment in his least favorite class, history, much to the delight of his history buff father.


Frindle by Andrew Clements

Turning his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that moves beyond his control.

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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tries to pass the initiation test of his Viking clan: catching and training a dragon.


The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Charlie Han, known as "the short Chinese kid," searches for a talent to improve his popularity. When he discovers skateboarding he uncovers a huge family secret.


The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter by John Gosselink

Thaddeus A. Ledbetter refutes each of the charges which have sent him to "In-School Suspension" for the remainder of seventh grade.

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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

This year, middle schooler Charlie Joe will do anything and everything to avoid reading a book from cover to cover, but eventually his schemes go too far.


The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

Fifth-grade students relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.


Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm

Ginny has big plans for seventh grade, but everything seems to be going wrong. Here's the story of one girl's worst school year ever, told completely through her stuff.


Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm

An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.


Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining by Anne Mazer

Abby wants to be a soccer star. Though many obstacles stand in her way, Abby sets out to develop her seemingly hidden talent for soccer.


School!: Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School by Kate McMullan

Ron Faster hurries to Harvey N. Trouble School, where he encounters such staff members as science teacher, Ms. Roxanne Pebbles, music instructor, Mrs. Doremi Fasollatido, and the resigning janitor, Mr. Iquit.


Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.


Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.


Mudshark by Gary Paulsen

Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help of twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, aka Mudshark.

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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.


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.


Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée 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.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Enjoy humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways, with one classroom on each story.


Spaceheadz: SPHDZ by Jon Scieszka & Francesco Sedita

On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 839, fifth-grader Michael is teamed with two very strange students. He gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help.


Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school, and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.


My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian

Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons, even though he does not complete his summer reading list.


Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade by Denise Vega

Seventh-grader Erin Swift writes about her classmates in her private blog, but when it accidentally gets posted to the school site, she learns important lessons about friendship.


Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.


Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

Fourth-grader Frankie Piccolini has a vivid imagination when it comes to cleaning his disastrously messy room, but eventually even he decides that it is just too dirty.


Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young

Moving is tough. Doreen "Dodo" Bussey suspects her family’s move 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.