In this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, gets to see how the other half lives as he follows his best friend FrancIn this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, gets to see how the other half lives as he follows his best friend Francis’s example and becomes a total neat freak; has Nate totally flipped out?
When Nate makes the worst friend mistake ever and breaks the “secret swear” he made to Francis, he knows he has to make some big changes to earn Francis’s trust back. He decides he can’t do it on his own and turns to Teddy’s Uncle Pedro for help. What good is he? Well, he’s an inventor-magician-handyman-mad scientist. And he hypnotizes people.
Nate doesn’t believe he’s hypnotized until he starts to really act odd. He notices things like Dee Dee’s smudged glasses and a puddle he doesn’t want Teddy to step in. He cleans his room. He rewrites his messy class notes. He cleans his locker. Nate. Cleans. His. Locker. And THEN…Nate gets an A++. Not Gina. Nate! He really has flipped out!
This book doesn’t have a single word in it. Not one. The story is told entirely in picture, and you have to look at the pictures carefully to figure oThis book doesn’t have a single word in it. Not one. The story is told entirely in picture, and you have to look at the pictures carefully to figure out what is going on. The little girl on the cover is headed to the barn. Why do you think she is looking over her shoulder like that? She looks a little scare to me. Her feet are all business, heading purposely in one direction but her eyes and her head, they are definitely on alert. Open this one to answer this question for yourself – would you be brave enough to do what she does? More at: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=15142...more
It is picture day and Hector, Terrence and Dee aren’t very excited about it. Especially Terrence who has had a zit breakout and is seriously thinkingIt is picture day and Hector, Terrence and Dee aren’t very excited about it. Especially Terrence who has had a zit breakout and is seriously thinking about coughing up $15 to have his picture airbrushed to perfection. The school photographer is more than happy to collect the extra money from Terrence and a whole bunch of other kids who suddenly have more blemishes than they’ve ever had before. Lunch lady knows her kids and when she notices all the blemishes and some odd behavior by the hot shot photographer she decides to find out what the crispy crackers is going on. More at: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=14894...more
George and Harold can turn their Principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants. Since this is book #9 in the series, you probably already know that. YGeorge and Harold can turn their Principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants. Since this is book #9 in the series, you probably already know that. You probably even know how they do it and how they turn him back into Principal Krupp. But did you know about George and Harold BEFORE Captain Underpants? George and Harold actually met in Kindergarten.
In Kindergarten their teachers are mean, the bullies are mean and their principal is mean. When George rescues Harold from a run-in with sixth-grade bullies the two team up to take on all the mean. They may be in Kindergarten. They me be short. They may only weigh 50 pounds, but they know one thing that will help them beat the bullies. “It’s important to be smart.” More at: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=14732...more
Claudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terClaudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terrorizing the townfolk by raiding for its favorite food…baby feet! All the adults want to think the wall is good enough protection. Claudette thinks the best defense is a good offense. She recruits her friend Marie, who aspires to be a princess, her little brother Gaston, who aspires to be a chef, and her pug Valiant, to sneak out of town and kick some giant booty.
Emily, her brother Navin and their bunch of Star Wars inspired friends; humans, robots, animals and elves, head to Cielis, the home of the Guardian CoEmily, her brother Navin and their bunch of Star Wars inspired friends; humans, robots, animals and elves, head to Cielis, the home of the Guardian Council of Stonekeepers, a group of the most powerful Stonekeepers. Emily hopes she’ll find help there in her battle against the Elf King.
You want to know the first clue something is wrong when you arrive in a strange city? When your host separates you from your friends. Very Bad.Instead of getting any help, or even anyone to listen to her fears about the rise of the Elf King, Emily finds herself entered into a competition between Stonekeepers to earn a spot on the Council. It’s a little like Hunger Games actually…kids battling it out in a do or die competition. The problem is, Emily doesn’t WANT to be on the Council and she doesn’t want to fight either. But someone in the group IS looking for a fight and is willing to sell integrity itself to win. Emily might not be looking for a fight, but the fight is looking for her.
Meanwhile, her loyal band of friends is on the hunt for her. You can divide this group, but it won’t last long, and don’t think conquering them will be easy either! Note: Miskit STILL my favorite and he isn’t even IN this volume that much. I need a loyal pink bunny robot friend with brains. He’s got Emily’s back plus, he knows how to drive and repair space ships…Chewbacca style. Hopefully more of him in #5.
Jamie’s always got something going on. This time she has a letter her math teacher sent home. Let’s just say the letter is not inviting her to be on tJamie’s always got something going on. This time she has a letter her math teacher sent home. Let’s just say the letter is not inviting her to be on the math bowl team. Jamie would like her math teacher to just give up:
Mr. Henzy, my math teacher, still seems interested in teaching me math in spite of a great deal of evidence that it can’t be done. It’s kind of cute in a way, like watching a baby try to reach something just outside his crib. A big, mean, boring baby. (page 5)
Instead, Jamie’s parents come down hard. She has to improve her math grade by the end of the next quarter, “or else.” That doesn’t sound good. Luckily Jamie’s got her friend Isabella to help her figure out what to do…Isabella helps by insisting that Jamie do her homework…and by punching Jamie in the arm when she gets something wrong. That’s just the kind of friend Isabella is. When a quiz reveals that Jamie’s grasp of math is NOT improving, Isabella is NOT happy, and when Isabella’s not happy, NOBODY’S happy. Expecially Jamie, who better do what Isabella says…or else!
That wimp Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid is back. In Rodrick Rules, Greg tells us about his summer vacation and his plan to stay out of troublThat wimp Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid is back. In Rodrick Rules, Greg tells us about his summer vacation and his plan to stay out of trouble when he returns to middle school. (I’m pretty sure he can’t do it!) His bigger problem though, is keeping his brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg’s most embarrassing experience of the summer. If you missed Greg’s first story, you can read it online on Funbrain. You can also watch an interview with Jeff Kinney, the author. He shares everything you ever wanted to know about Greg and his story. Author: Jeff Kinney
This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures! It’s a little bit like reading, and then turningThis 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures! It’s a little bit like reading, and then turning the pages like a little movie, and then reading some more. The pictures are drawn from interesting angles and perspectives and are as much fun as the story. It is not a pictures book, but an illustrated novel, like a comic book or graphic novel.
12 year-old Hugo is an orphan living in a train station in Paris, but he doesn’t live out in the bustle of the station, he lives in the walls! Hugo is an appretice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s uncle, but the uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks. Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his uncle’s job collecting his uncle’s paychecks, even though he can’t cash them. Hugo scavenges for food and sometimes has to steal. Hugo has a big job just to survive alone, but in his free time, Hugo enjoys working on a project begun by his father. He tinkers with a mechanical man, called an automaton (a robot), trying to get it to work. The small mechanical parts of the automaton are like the parts in the clock…each piece fitting with the next piece to make the machine work correctly. Hugo’s life is like one of these mechanical pieces… he just doesn’t know where his piece fits with the next…until he meets a girl and a crotchety toy shop owner…then the pieces of his life begin to fit together. Author & Illustrator: Brian Selznick
This Rapunzel is no princess in distress waiting to be rescued, in fact, she’s an Old West cowgirl ready for action. She can handle those braids likeThis Rapunzel is no princess in distress waiting to be rescued, in fact, she’s an Old West cowgirl ready for action. She can handle those braids like Indiana Jones and his whip. When Rapunzel discovers that she is indeed strandard in the tower until death, she makes a daring escape and discovers the truth about her stay in the tower and about what lies behind the wall that encircles her kingdom. She sets out to right the many wrongs that have been done against her and the people she cares about. This one is a graphic novel - it looks like a comic book inside. Take a look at the excerpt to see what I mean - it is action packed and a lot of fun! Author: Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale
I mean, she really does. Rule I mean. If I were ten again I would want to live in Amelia’s neighborhood. I’d want Amelia to be my friend. She isn’t peI mean, she really does. Rule I mean. If I were ten again I would want to live in Amelia’s neighborhood. I’d want Amelia to be my friend. She isn’t perfect, but she’s authentic. That means she’s not fake. She doesn’t lie or talk behind your back. She says what she means…even if she might have to apologize later. She’s got your back and you’d cover hers too.
Amelia’s comic book world is probably a lot like yours. Parents get divorced, kids go to school, play sports, go to dances at school, have to move away, or have problems at home. Homework gets done…and doesn’t get done. Parents listen…and sometimes don’t listen. Through all this, Amelia has her friends, Rhonda, Reggie, Pajamaman, Joan, Sunday and Kyle to help her figure it all out. Life can be tough, but with good friends and family, Amelia (and you) can tough it out and even have a lot of fun. Author: Jimmy Gownley
Duffy and Sumo get sent to the principal’s office (bad). Once they get there, they find out their Dad is taking them out of school (good!) to go on anDuffy and Sumo get sent to the principal’s office (bad). Once they get there, they find out their Dad is taking them out of school (good!) to go on an island vacation (even better!). But, their dad isn’t going on the trip (bad). Their travelling companion is instead an enormous, silent bald man in sunglasses (what?).
Their adventure begins in a limo and private jet with all the chili-fries they can eat. It continues in a disabled speedboat heading for rocky cliffs and a life or death race through the lava filled tunnels of an active volcano!
Duffy and Sumo are not at all prepared for the physical and mental tests that their adventure brings. They also are not prepared for the truth - the truth that is the reason they end up inside a volcano. And also, there is treasure, did I mention that? This is a colorful, action-packed graphic novel - make sure you click on the look inside link - once you start, you can’t put it down. Author: Don Wood
Getting locked out of a hotel room wearing only underwear…hanging from a tree and having your pants fall down…could these two things actually happen tGetting locked out of a hotel room wearing only underwear…hanging from a tree and having your pants fall down…could these two things actually happen to the same person in the same year? Yes, if that person is Greg Heffley! That wimp can’t catch a break. He gets deodorant, a travel dictionary and a laundry bag for Christmas. The cute girl at school does finally write in his yearbook, “I don’t really know you all that well, but you seem O.K., I guess.” Which isn’t bad, until you read what she wrote in Greg’s best friend Rowley’s yearbook “You are so adorable & funny! I hope we have the same homeroom next Year. Stay cute!” Whew. It’s tough being Greg! Author: Jeff Kinney For more: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/blog/?p=1950...more
A car accident has left Emily and Navin without a father. In an effort to start fresh and ease financial pressure, the kids’ mom moves them all to a nA car accident has left Emily and Navin without a father. In an effort to start fresh and ease financial pressure, the kids’ mom moves them all to a new city to a mysterious old house that has been in their family for many years. It is the home of their Great Grandpa Silas, a man who locked himself up in the house many years ago…and was never seen again. (Can you say haunted?)
Inside the house the kids find blueprints and interesting looking machines…robot looking machines. On their first night, with the power out and unusual noises coming from the basement, the kids’ mom ventures into the basement to find out what is making such a racket. “Ill be back quickly. I promise.” Huh. Famous last words.
When their mother does not return quickly, Navin and Emily follow her into the basement and are lead into a new world that includes a tentacled creature that his kidnapped their mom. To get her back, the kids team up with some of Great Grandpa Silas’s creations - the robots Miskit, Morrie and Cogsley. Annnd, they have at their disposal a house built by Grandpa Silas…a house that is in fact a transformer. It can transform into a giant robot and move on their command!
The Stonekeeper is the beginning of a great adventure story pitting good against evil - using their wits, relying on their new friends and learning how to use Grandpa Silas’s eccentric and imaginative mechanical creations is all part of the fun. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf is a different sort of book. It’s a scrapbook full of stuff that 7th grader Ginny Davis collects all year: diaryMiddle School is Worse Than Meatloaf is a different sort of book. It’s a scrapbook full of stuff that 7th grader Ginny Davis collects all year: diary entries, post-it notes, instant messages, e-mails, report cards, candy wrappers, sales receipts and more. The scrapbook pages are a collage of all of this. As you turn the pages you read and look at all of this stuff…and it’s the stuff that tells Ginny’s story. There are things to read, like diary entries and e-mails, but the rest of the things on the pages are more like clues to look at and the clues really do help you understand who Ginny is and what is going on with her. In a lot of ways Ginny is typical. She wants her school picture to look good and she wants friends, clothes and maybe even a boyfriend. She also has problems just like everybody. She’s having trouble getting used to a new step-dad and her older brother is making bad choices that cause problems for the whole family. All of this happy, sad, funny stuff in Ginny’s life you figure out by looking at the pages in this scrapbook. After reading this book, try making a scrapbook page or a collage of yourself. There is more than one way to make a self-portrait - as you can tell by reading Ginny’s story. Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Jamie’s teacher assigns keeping a diary for three weeks, something Jamie is all over…until she finds out the diary entries will be read by EVERYONE. EJamie’s teacher assigns keeping a diary for three weeks, something Jamie is all over…until she finds out the diary entries will be read by EVERYONE. Even though the author’s name will be anonymous, this clearly violates the Sacred Secrecy of Dairies.
And how can Jamie violate that? She won’t, so she writes a a fake diary to turn in at school, and lucky for us, keeps her real diary too. That’s how we find out Jamie has a new attachment to her nemsis Angeline. Jamie’s dog Stinker has gone and had puppies with Angeline’s dog Stickybuns. According to Jamies, this makes she and Angeline not related exactly, but dog-in-laws. “In-laws are like a side order that you didn’t ask for that comes with the food you DID order.”
When Flick travels to the city in Bug’s Life to find help for his colony, I think he could have met Joey Fly there - maybe in the bar where he meets tWhen Flick travels to the city in Bug’s Life to find help for his colony, I think he could have met Joey Fly there - maybe in the bar where he meets the circus performers! (Joey Fly would have known right off the bat though, that the circus performers were NOT tough bugs! He’s got street smarts Flick doesn’t.) In Creepy Crawly Crime Joey is visited by the beautiful butterfly Delilah. During a party, one of Delilah’s possessions disappeared and she wants Joey to find it…AND she wants to know which one of her friends took it. Joey does what detectives do, he visits the crime scene and begins interviewing possible subjects…ladybugs, mosquitoes, etc. Something’s fishy and Joey Fly will find out what it is! This one is a comic book - make sure you click on the Look Inside link to get a look at Joey Fly’s world. Author: Aaron Reynolds
Hector, Terrence and Dee find out their lunch lady can sling more than mystery meat. When their favorite teacher mysteriously stops showing up for claHector, Terrence and Dee find out their lunch lady can sling more than mystery meat. When their favorite teacher mysteriously stops showing up for class the kids take a look at their new substitute and decide there’s something just not quite right about him. When that same substitute refuses to eat the Lunch Lady’s famous French toast sticks, she decides there’s something not quite right too.
The kids follow the substitue after school. The Lunch Lady follows the substitue after school. Where does he go? Straight to a secret warehouse to meet his evil genius boss. Will his evil plan work?
Not if it’s up to this Lunch Lady who’s got exploding chicken nuggets and fish stick nunchucks hidden in her apron pockets. With her gadget making sidekick Betty, she keeps order in her cafeteria…and in the world.
In Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper, Emily and Navin teamed up with some of their Great Grandpa Silas’s robots to rescue their mother who had been transIn Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper, Emily and Navin teamed up with some of their Great Grandpa Silas’s robots to rescue their mother who had been transported to an alternative world and was captured by a tentacled creature. The kids traveled inside a house invented by Great Grandpa Silas. The house can transform into a giant robot and move on their command. Emily wears an amulet that wields power in the alternative world. The kids recovered their mom, but she is poisoned.
In Amulet Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, the family is safely back in their robotic house but their poisoned Mother has not awakened and is growing weaker. The kids point their house toward Kanalis, a mysterious and beautiful city, in hopes of finding an antidote for the poison. The kids’ mom is fighting for her life against the poison. Emily is fighting to figure out the power of the amulet she wears and how to control it. The amulet seems to be fighting to control HER.
At the same time, the family is being pursued by the Elf King’s son, Trellis, who needs to prove his abilities and loyalty by capturing them. The elves are NOT cute and have the most evil looking mouths full of shark-like teeth. What do they use those teeth for? I’m sure Emily and Navin do not want to know. In Kanalis the kids find that there is an underground resistance, an army of citizens fighting to free themselves from the elves. This group knew their Great Grandpa Silas and recognize the power of Emily’s amulet
This story is action scene upon action scene. Be sure to look at the Look Inside link to see the lush artwork - this is a graphic novel whose pictures tell the story as much as the words. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
My name is Fin Garrett and this is my book and this is my story.
There will be some silliness, lots of my sucky drawings, a pop quiz and fun homework aMy name is Fin Garrett and this is my book and this is my story.
There will be some silliness, lots of my sucky drawings, a pop quiz and fun homework assignments, three or four family photos, and a few of my favorite memories. Caution: Sometime the story will get a little sad. But it won’t always be sad.
I began disappearing this past June, right after what I call The Terrible Day That Changed Everything…
Fin writes his story a lot like Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He draws a lot of pictures and he tries really hard to explain what is happening in his life and how he feels about it. At first, you wonder if this is a superhero story. Maybe Fin really IS turning invisible, but then you get to the part about the terrible day that changed everything and the book becomes something much different. Fin is right, his story does get a little sad, but the best thing about Fin’s story is how you watch him live through the sad thing and then start to figure out how to live with the sad thing having happened.
I don’t know how to say anything else unless I tell you what the sad thing is, but I don’t want to give it away. Just undertand that this book might LOOK like one of Greg’s Wimpy Kid diaries but it has more emotional punch to it. It has really funny parts. I think you will like Fin and he’ll make you laugh. He’ll also, well, he he’ll also probably make you cry a little bit too. Isn’t that just like a good friend in real life?
I loved this book because the terrible thing that changed everything in Fin’s life also happened to me, and the way he describes his feelings are so like how I felt. Fin seemed real to me and I believed the words in his journal. Listening to Fin is like listening to a close friend tell you his story. And in the end, Fin’s right, his story isn’t always sad. It’s good to know that people can and do live through sad things. They learn to be happy and laugh again. Author: Evan Kuhlman
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 fGenius 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. Look inside their hideout - a smart kid dream come true!
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. Make sure you look at some preview pages.
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!
Yes, this one is just as funny as the other ones! This time Greg is happily looking forward to summer vacation.
“The way I like to spend my summer vacaYes, this one is just as funny as the other ones! This time Greg is happily looking forward to summer vacation.
“The way I like to spend my summer vacation is in front of the TV, playing video games with the curtains closed and the lights turned off.”
You know Greg’s Mom, she isn’t going to go for that plan. In fact, she has all kind of things lined up to keep Greg busy and none of her choices include staying inside playing video games. He tries to reason with her:
“I tell her that I’m just trying to protect my skin so I don’t look all wrinkly when I’m old like her…”
Huh. Of course, that argument doesn’t go very far with Greg’s Mom! He doesn’t get to laze in front of the TV all summer playing video games, he is forced outdoors and as usual, he finds a heap of trouble.
Isabella is Jamie’s BFF. If you’ve read any of the other Dear Dumb Diary books you already know this. You also know that Angeline is NOT Jamie’s BFF.
NIsabella is Jamie’s BFF. If you’ve read any of the other Dear Dumb Diary books you already know this. You also know that Angeline is NOT Jamie’s BFF.
Now, Jamie’s Aunt has gone and done something that’s really wrecked Jamie’s neatly ordered social life. Jamie’s Aunt Carol married Angeline’s Uncle Dan. Now, they are sort of related. Jamie is not very happy about this new “automoatic” friendship. She still doesn’t like Angeline but they are now thrown together at family events and expected to be friends.
Jamie tries to talk to Isabella about this, you know, get a little BFF sympathy, but Isabella thinks Angeline isn’t that bad and they should all be friends. Jamie is having none of that because…there are only TWO Fs in BFF.
“If you get too many Fs, it doesn’t look like Best Friends Forever anymore. It looks like you’re trying to spell the sound a fart makes. Observe: BFFFFFFFFFF.”
More laugh outloud funny diary entries from the one and only Jamie Kelly. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, give these a try. Author: Jim Benton
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. HeNate 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
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. SomVita 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. The kids put together a show - see for yourself at http://www.zebrafish.com/. You can even download Vita’s song that Tanya wrote.
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 thereAmelia 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
Jamie Kelly’s got some big plans for her summer vacation including swimming with dolphins and watching every scary movie ever made. Her best friend IsJamie Kelly’s got some big plans for her summer vacation including swimming with dolphins and watching every scary movie ever made. Her best friend Isabella has a list too. They combine the two lists for a shared “List of Summer Excellence.” The problem is that every single thing on their lists costs money, which they don’t have.
At dinner tonight, I talked a little about my summer plans. Mom and Dad made their “expensive” face at every one of my ideas. I don’t know how they do it, but they have a way of tilting their heads and twisting their eyebrows as if to say, “That Costs Too Much,” without ever actually opeing their mouths. It’s like living with a pair of disapproving mimes. (page 18)
Things start to look up for The Summer of Excellence when Jamie’s Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol come over and announce that they will take Jamie, Isabella, & their other (sort of) friend Angeline (who happens to be Uncle Dan’s niece) to Screamotopia, an amusement park at which they can accomplish one of their Summer of Excellence goals - ride a roller coaster.
Uncle Dan and Aunt Carol will pay for the car trip and the hotel - the three girls have to come up with the price of admission. No problem, they say. They can babysit, walk dogs, wash cars, sell lemonade - it will be noooo problem coming up with $100 a piece in 3 weeks. Exept we’re talking Jamie Kelly here. If there was ever a kid who could turn a group project into a disaster…it’s her! Laugh outloud funny diary entries from the one and only Jamie Kelly. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, give these a try. Author: Jim Benton
At Nate’s school there is a new “Guess that Baby” bulletin board. The board is full of sixth grader’s baby pictures.
Nate finds the best looking baby oAt Nate’s school there is a new “Guess that Baby” bulletin board. The board is full of sixth grader’s baby pictures.
Nate finds the best looking baby on the board and is sure it is Jenny, “the most awesome girl in the whole sixth grade….She’s the best-looking baby here. By FAR!” (page 9) But the picture ISN’T Jenny, it’s Gina, Nate’s LEAST favorite person in the whole world. And Nate has just announced to the whole sixth grade that Gina is the best looking, “by FAR!”
This is like one of those bad dreams where everyone else has clothes on and you’re in your underwear…I just might puke. (pages 13-14)
Nate’s day gets worse when he gets paired with Gina for a research project and gets stuck with her on his fleece-ball team. When Gina manages to get their team named the Kuddle Kittens instead of Wrecking Balls, Grave Diggers or No Mercy Nate tries to take matters into his own hands, with typical wimpy kid-like results. Author: Lincoln Peirce
•Greg and Rowley have had a disagreement and are no longer hanging out. Greg ’s getting a little worried because school starts up soon and if he and R•Greg and Rowley have had a disagreement and are no longer hanging out. Greg ’s getting a little worried because school starts up soon and if he and Rowley aren’t friends again by then, who will he sit with at lunch? Not worried enough to actually DO anything about it though because, well, he’s Greg and that’s how Greg operates. The only other kid my age who’s not paired up with someone is Fregley, but I ruled him out as best friend material a long time ago. (page 3)
Then Greg gets turned down for a commercial appearance, his Grandpa is his babysitter, his Mom goes back to work & he has to be the assistant ring bearer in his Uncle Gary’s fourth wedding. Like always Greg complains & whines & blames all of his troubles on somebody else - anybody except himself. What I’m saying is that he’s the same old Greg. And he’s still fun. I can think of a few days when I wanted to whine just like him. Author: Jeff Kinney Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jamie Kelly makes me laugh every time. This is her 11th book and I still think she’s funny. I can be reading a Dear Dumb Diary book alone and still laJamie Kelly makes me laugh every time. This is her 11th book and I still think she’s funny. I can be reading a Dear Dumb Diary book alone and still laugh outloud.
Jamie’s best friend is Isabella. Angeline is the girl she doesn’t like too much - Angeline is beautiful and smart and blah, blah, blah. When Jamie’s Aunt marries Angeline’s Uncle, it’s like they HAVE to be friends. At first, this doesn’t go all that well. But the summer after they become “almost related” Jamie has a change of heart.
“At some point during the summer, I started to think that it was wrong of me to hate Angeline because of how she looked. And smelled. And laughed. And smiled. And blinked. And sat.” (page 2″
Jealous much?! Jamie decides it isn’t Angeline’s fault that she was born beautiful, so Jamie decides not to hate her anymore.
“I know Dumb Diary. It’s hard to understand how excellent that makes me - to not hate somebody who seems to be asking for it - but let me clear it up for you: It makes me PURE excellent. As excellent as an angel with the power to shoot frosting out her eyes.” (page 3)
Only Jamie could impress herself for not hating someone! Now that Jamie doesn’t hate Angeline anymore she’s got TWO BFFs, both Angeline and Isabella.
But then Isabella says Jamie can kick her in the face and Jamie does. Isabella just can’t believe it. HOW could Jamie a “huge, girly, sissy girl” kick her, and kick her HARD? The girls decide that Jamie has somehow acquired some kind of boy superpowers. And these powers aren’t just physical either. Jamie can now figure out what boys are thinking, at least, she thinks she can. Is she right? Or are her new superpowers all wrong? Author: Jim Benton