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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Nov 08, 2014 11:09AM) (new)

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff, if you haven't read it, has teenage-oriented themes like delinquency and parent death and remarriage, but it's more like a scrapbook--there's some text, but not enough to make the book count as a "novel". I'm not doing a good job describing this. Do you know any other books like this?


Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 6441 comments Mod
Hmm. Not quite graphic novel?

Maybe:

Wonderstruck
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty (Some of these are just plain picturebooks, but some are chapter books, and I *think* this is one of the latter.)

Am I on the right track to understanding your idea?

Would books that are words, but still not novels, fit under this umbrella - like Love That Dog, which is told through poems a kid writes for an assignment?


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I think you're pretty accurate. I liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid and (though I'm ashamed to admit this) the Captain Underpants Series, and I want to read Flora and Ulysses. And I guess the poetry/verse novels could count. :)


Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 6441 comments Mod
No apology necessary for liking Captain Underpants. They're creative, and funny, and important to a lot of beginning readers. My son loved them and I tried hard to read a few back when he was reading them.

So, ok, I'm sure there are other books that tell much of the story through pictures & other artifacts, like emails or grocery lists or whatever. I just remembered one for sure, about a kid but not written for kids... let me check my books....


Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 6441 comments Mod
Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray
and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
are actually the books that I was thinking of.

Still haven't found the other that I'm thinking about.

Griffin and Sabine would also count, but again, it's written for adults (though I don't think there's any mature content, just not necessarily interesting to children).


message 6: by Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish, Newbery Club host (last edited Nov 09, 2014 02:15PM) (new)

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 6441 comments Mod
Found it! I didn't enjoy it a heck of lot, but others have... and it's probably fine for ages 13 up.
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen


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