Books for kids who enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBERGER

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.


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Frantastic Voyage (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist)
Jim Benton

J BENTON

Reduced to miniature size, Franny travels through her pet dog’s nostril and into his stomach.


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Frindle
Andrew Clements

J CLEMENTS

When he decides to turn 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 quickly moves beyond his control.


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The Legend of Spud Murphy
Eoin Colfer

JE COLFER

When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.


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Heads or Tails: Stories from the Sixth Grade
Jack Gantos

J GANTOS

Jack’s diary helps him deal with his problems which include dog-eating alligators, a terror for an older sister, a younger brother who keeps breaking parts of himself, and next-door neighbors who are really weird.


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Dear Max
Sally Grindley

JE GRINDLEY

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.


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The Homework Machine
Dan Gutman

J 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.


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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff
Jennifer L. Holm

J HOLM

The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scarey, just ask Ginny.


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Regarding the Fountain
Kate Klise

J KLISE

When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.


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Lawn Boy
Gary Paulsen

J PAULSEN

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


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Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
Dave Roman

GRAPHIC TEEN ASTRONAUT

Hakata Soy’s past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won’t stay in the past! The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren’t going so great, though. How will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he’s got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?


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Life of Me: Enter at Your Own Risk
Henry Winkler

J WINKLER

Hank must decide whether to attend tae kwon do or an after school reading program run by his favorite teacher, and when he meets an interesting girl at “Reading Gym,” he gets into a complicated situation that even has him lying to his father.


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