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Alien Eraser to the Rescue by Marissa Moss. 2009
Welcome to Max's secret collection of random thoughts about school, family breakups, and the power of Alien Eraser. In a quirky mix of comics, concoctions, and contraptions, Max tells the story of his topsy-turvy life, and how he tries to hold it and himself all together. (First in the Max Disaster series)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2008
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. (First in a series)
Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss. 1995
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. (First in a series)
Big Nate: In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce. 2010
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. (First in a series)
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald, illustrated by J.P. Coovert. 2011
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Dear Max by Sally Grindley, illustrated by Tony Ross. 2006
As Max--who is almost ten--and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each other with their new books and develop a special friendship.
Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young. 2010
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.
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell. 2009
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. (First in a series)
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw. 2007
Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle. (First in a series)
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight. 2009
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.
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. 2010
It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?
Lenny and Mel by Erik Kraft. 2002
Twin brothers observe a year's worth of holidays in some very unusual ways. (First in a series)
The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt. 2011
When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new "bad boy" status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he's unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny's favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught -- and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep?
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian. 2010
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. Also check out the sequel, My Life as a Stuntboy.
The Popularity Papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow. 2010
Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook. (First in a series)
Prince of Underwhere by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Shane Hillman. 2008
When Zeke, his twin sister Stephanie, their neighbor Hector, and Hector's cat Fitz slide into the world of Underwhere, Zeke is hailed as a prince who will, according to an ancient prophecy, free the Undies from the evil UnderLord's rule by finding and destroying his throne. (First in a series)
Stink: the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 2005
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school. (First in a series)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. 2010
Sixth-grader 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. Also check out the sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back.
Trash Crisis on Earth by Alexander Stadler. 2008
When zombies take over Phoenix, Arizona, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister's mean friend Madison Miller team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another. (First in the Julian Rodriguez series)
The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer, illustrated by Steve Wolfhard. 2010
When zombies take over Phoenix, Arizona, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister's mean friend Madison Miller team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another. (First in a series)
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger, illustrated by Aaron Blecha. 2010
Stanley Nudelman buys a weird stuffed animal at the yard sale of a woman rumored to be a witch, and soon he and his friend Miranda are trying to save their schoolmates from becoming zombies.