Tim Carvell, illustrated by Doug Holgate. Planet Tad. (Harper, 2012)
March 29: ‘My little sister Sophie’s pretty upset – she was named for our great-aunt Sophie. She
came into my room tonight and said, “Where do you think Aunt Sophie went?” And I gave her the
same answer my parents gave me when our golden retriever died. Great-Aunt Sophie was taken to a
farm where she gets to spend all day chasing rabbits and playing with other great-aunts. That
seemed to make her happy.’

Gennifer Choldenko. Al Capone Does My Shirts. (Putnam, 2004)

Jack Gantos.
Dead End in Norvelt. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)
What kid hasn’t dreamed of rewriting their own life? But when the author of the Joey Pigza books
does it, well fiction really is stranger, and funnier, than truth.

Jack Gantos. "Joey Pigza" (Series):
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. (Farrar, Strauss, Graux, 1998)
Joey Pigza Loses Control. (Farrar, Strauss, Graux, 2000)
What Would Joey Do? (Farrar, Strauss, Graux, 2002)

Morris Gleitzman.
Toad Rage. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004)
Toad Heaven. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005)
Toad Away. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2006)

Andy Griffiths.
The Day My Butt Went Psycho. (Scholastic, 2003)
Zombie Butts From Uranus. (Scholastic, 2004)
Butt Wars!: The Final Conflict. (Scholastic, 2005)

Dan Gutman.
The Talent Show. (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Which do you think will cause more chaos, a tornado, or a school full of school kids with a stage, a
microphone, and a desire to stick it to the man? This town will never be the same, twice!

Carl Hiaasen. Chomp. (Knopf, 2012)
Alligators, pythons, monkeys, iguanas, bats, mosquitoes, television reality show stars, there is no end
of things that will bite you in the Florida Everglades.

Gordon Korman. Ungifted. (Balzer & Bray, 2012)
What does it mean to be gifted? Do you have to be smarter than the rest? Better at science and
math? More effective with the English language? Know robotics and engineering? Be headed for a top
level college? YES! And Donovan Curtis is none of those things. He is a wise-cracking, trouble-making,
C- on his best day kind of student. Let all those geniuses figure out what he is doing with them in the
most advanced school for gifted children in the state.

Gordon Korman. Schooled. (Hyperion, 2007)

Gordon Korman.
The 6th Grade Nickname Game. (Hyperion, 2007)

Josh Lieb.
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to Be Your Class President. (Razor Bill, 2009)

Lenore Look.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters. (Schwartz & Wade
Books, 2009)
Do you know why you should always take toilet paper on a camping trip? Alvin Ho does; unfortunately,
his dad does not. Alvin is a helmet-wearing, goggle-eyed, super hero wanna-be with a zest for life, so
long as he can observe it from the safety of his own house. He is not happy to be dragged out
camping where he will be exposed to any number of natural disasters. Little does he know that the
biggest natural disaster in the woods is him!   

Blake Nelson. Gender Blender. (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2007)

James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein.
I Funny: A Middle School Story. (Little, Brown, 2012)
Stand up comedian? Hey, Jamie Grimm would be happy just to stand up! But seriously folks, what did
this kid in a wheelchair do to be sentenced to three years in a state institution: middle school? Well,
any experience you can walk away from… oh, sorry. So how do you survive zombies, bullies,
teachers, girls, and other scary creatures? Yuck it up and leave‘em laughing.

Gary Paulsen. Harris and Me. (Harcourt, 1993)

Richard Peck.
The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Acts. (Dial, 2004)

Lincoln Pierce. "Big Nate" (Series):
Big Nate: In a Class By Himself. (Harper, 2010)
Getting a detention slip from a teacher who doesn't even bother to write your name, just "Kid with the
wierd hair"? That's a bad day! Wet stains on your gym shorts, 148 servings of green beans, and
having your teacher find your list of nicknames for her, that's a world record bad day.
Big Nate Strikes Again. (Harper, 2010)
Big Nate on a Roll. (Harper, 2011)

Jerry Spinelli.
Loser. (Joanna Cotler, 2002)

Michael P. Spradlin, illustrated by Jeff Weigel.
Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery
Rhymes
. (Harper, 2011)
You never realize how many sheep there are in nursery rhymes until you see that the most timid of
creatures make the most ravenous undead.

Todd Strasser. "Help! I'm Trapped..." (Series):
Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body. (Scholastic, 1993)
Help! I'm Trapped in The First Day of School. (Scholastic, 1994)
Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School. (Scholastic, 1995)
Help! I'm Trapped in My Gym Teacher's Body. (Scholastic, 1996)
Help! I’m Trapped in the President’s Body. (Scholastic, 1997)
Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School Again. (Scholastic, 1997)
Help! I'm Trapped in My Sister's Body. (Scholastic, 1997)
Help! I'm Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp. (Scholastic, 1997)
Help! I'm Trapped in Santa's Body. (Scholastic, 1997)
Help! I'm Trapped in My Principal's Body. (Scholastic, 1998)
Help! I'm Trapped in an Alien's Body. (Apple, 1998)
Help! I'm Trapped in My Camp Counselor's Body. (Apple, 1998)
Help! I'm Trapped in a Movie Star's Body. (Apple, 1999)
Help! I'm Trapped in My Lunch Lady's Body. (Scholastic, 1999)
Help! I'm Trapped in a Vampire's Body. (Scholastic, 2000)
Help! I'm Trapped in a Professional Wrestler's Body. (Scholastic, 2000)
Help! I'm Trapped in a Supermodel's Body. (Apple, 2001)
Help! I'm Trapped in Summer Camp. (Scholastic, 2006)

Todd Strasser.
Is That a Sick Cat in Your Backpack? (Scholastic, 2007)
Is That a Dead Dog in Your Locker? (Scholastic, 2008)
Is That a Glow-in-the-Dark Bunny in Your Pillowcase? (Scholastic 2009)

Wendelin Van Draanen.
Swear to Howdy. (Knopf, 2003)   

Daniel H. Wilson.
Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown. (Bloomsbury, 2010)
Physical and psychological torture of bratty little brothers and bossy older sisters is part of a grand
tradition going back to caveman times. Master the arts of noogies, fake nipples, the hanging spit fake,
and the python leg squeeze, then hide this book before your brother finds it and turns this ancient art
against you!

Henry Winkler. "Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever" (Series):
Niagara Falls, or Does It? (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003)
I Got a "D" in Salami. (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003)
Day of the Iguana. (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003)
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Tommy Greenwald, illustrated by Melissa Mendes.Jack Strong Takes a Stand. (Roaring Brook Press,
2013)
Take a stand by sitting down! Rosa Parks did it. So did Gandhi. But of course they weren't sitting
down on a couch playing video games. Is this the inspirational leader of the next generation? Couch
potatoes unite!


John Bemelmans Marciano, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield.
(Viking, 2013)
It has all the morbid humor of Edward Gorey, and all the snarky humor of Lemony Snicket. If you love
to see the bad guy get it in the end, this bad guy gets it in the end, the beginning, the middle...