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Author/Title

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Davies, Jacqueline.   Nothing but Trouble

Two smart girls in one small town use their combined genius to liven up their world--one prank at a time.

2016

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Barnett, Mac.   The Terrible Two

When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

2015

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Barry, Dave.  The Worst Class Trip Ever

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack-or maybe not.

2015

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Patterson, James.   House of Robots

Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic 'brother,' to school with him to learn to become a student. (House of Robots: Book 1)

2014

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Scieszka, Jon.   SPHDZ 4 LIFE!

With a mysterious new principal and fifth-grade graduation fast approaching, will Michael K. and his friends be able to find the missing Brainwave before the chief of the Anti-Alien Agency uses it to destroy a planet? (Spaceheadz Series: Book 4)

2013

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Smith, Robert Kimmel.   Jelly Belly

The fattest kid in the fifth grade wants to lose weight, but not badly enough to starve.

2012

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Patterson, James.   Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life

When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

2011

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Salisbury, Graham.   Calvin Coconut: hero of Hawaii

When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue.

2011

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Angleberger, Tom.   The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

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.

2010

Collins, Tim.   Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire: because the undead have feelings too!

Nigel Mullet, a 100-year-old vampire doomed to spend eternity in the body of a socially awkward fifteen-year-old boy, records his attempts to impress the love of his life, Chloe, while battling an embarrassingly overwhelming desire to sink his fangs into her.

2010

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Jones, Marcia Thornton.   Ratfink

Creative, impulsive Logan vows to turn over a new leaf in fifth grade so his parents will let him have a pet, but when a competitive new girl arrives at school and his forgetful and embarrassing grandfather takes over the basement of Logan's house, doing the right thing becomes harder than it has ever been.

2010

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Martin, Ann M.   The Baby-Sitters Club

During the summer before their seventh-grade year, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey tackle difficulties, including family problems, crushes, moving, and making new friends.

2010

Scieszka, Jon.   Guys Read: funny business

A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.

2010

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Silberberg, Alan.   Milo: sticky notes and brain freeze

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

2010

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Spinelli, Eileen.   The Dancing Pancake

Eleven-year-old Belinda "Bindi" Winkler and her family find their way through tough times with the love and support of the community that grows around their newly opened restaurant, "The Dancing Pancake."

2010

Buckley, Michael.   NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society

While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.

2009

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Dee, Barbara.   Solving Zoe

Zoe's sixth-grade year at a Brooklyn school for gifted students is marked by changing relationships with her fellow students and teachers, recognition of her talent for cryptography, and a greater awareness of her passion.

2009

Look, Lenore.   Alvin Ho: allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters

When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

2009

Mass, Wendy.   11 Birthdays

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

2009

Venuti, Kristin Clark.   Leaving the Bellweathers

In Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay, put-upon butler Tristan Benway writes a memoir of his years spent working for the chaotic and eccentric Bellweather family in their lighthouse, as he prepares for his long-awaited departure from indentured servitude.

2009

Yee, Lisa.   Bobby  vs. Girls (Accidentally)

When Bobby inadvertently gets into a fight with his best friend Holly, their disagreement develops into a boys versus girls war involving their whole fourth-grade class.

2009

Korman, Gordon.   Swindle

After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.

2008

Hughes, Mark.   Lemonade Mouth

A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

2007

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Kinney, Jeff.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s journal

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

2007

Korman, Gordon.   Schooled

After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies.

 

2007

Roy, James.   Max Quigley: technically not a bully

After playing a prank on one of his "geeky" classmates, sixth-grader Max Quigley’s punishment is to be tutored by him.

2007

Haven, Paul.   Two Hot Dogs with Everything

Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger's first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team's past may be the real reason behind the ball club's success.

 2006

Korman, Gordon.   Born to Rock

High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

2006

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Curtis, Christopher Paul.   Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money

Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell's huge dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.

2005

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Avi; Rachael Vail.   Never Mind!

Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.

2004

Gutman, Dan.   The Get Rich Quick Club

Summer vacation in their small Maine town does not look too promising until twelve-year-old Gina and four of her friends make a pact to become millionaires before school starts in September.

2004

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Horvath, Polly.   The Pepins and Their Problems

The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family's unusual problems, which include having a cow who creates lemonade rather than milk and having to cope with a competitive neighbor.

2004

Limb, Sue.   Girl 15, Charming but Insane

Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.

2004

Newton, Robert.   Saturday Morning, Mozart and Burnt Toast

When his mum's new boyfriend moves in, fourteen-year-old Wolfgang McManus, musical genius, takes off for the wilds of Tasmania. But, with the Russian mafia hot on his heels, a missing chimp to locate, and a world famous violinist suffering from memory loss to babysit, life in the Apple Isle turns out to be a whole lot more complicated than he bargained for.

2004

O’Keefe, Susan.   Death by Eggplant

Eighth-grader Bertie Hooks has to keep his dream of becoming a world-class chef a secret, especially from his mortal enemy, Nick Dekker, and when they both get "flour-sack babies" to take care of for a week, things become even more complicated for Bertie.

2004

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Attack of the Tagger

Someone is spray-painting graffiti all over Cedar Valley and it is up to fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, also known as Shredderman, to expose the vandal.

2004

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Secret Identity

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

2004

Korman, Gordon.   Maxx Comedy: the funniest kid in America

Eleven-year-old Max Carmody has wanted to be a stand-up comedian since he was five, so when a contest is held to find the "world's funniest kid," he goes through all kinds of craziness to win.

2003

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Smith, Greg Leitich.   Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

Honoria, Shohei, and Elias, who are "united together against That Which Is The Peshtigo School," face conflict over their budding romantic interest and a science project gone awry.

2003

Jacobsson, Aners.   In Ned’s Head

Eleven-year-old Ned, who prefers the name Treb, uses his diary to record his wild thoughts about romance, school, and the rest of his eventful life.

2001

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Flipped

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

2001

Horvath, Polly.   Everything on a  Waffle

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea. Newbery Honor Book 2002.

2000

Anderson, M.T.   Burger Wuss

Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O'Dermott's.

1999

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Creech, Sharon.   Absolutely Normal Chaos

Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father. (audiobook)

1999

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Matson, Nancy.   The Boy Trap

Fifth grader Emma decides to do a science fair project to prove scientifically that girls are better than boys, but in the process, she learns more about herself, her friends and about research methods.

1999

Ferris, Jean.   Love Among the Walnuts

Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.

1998

Gantos, Jack.   Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

1998

Sachar, Louis.   Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger

More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn about gravity by throwing coffeepots, potatoes and other things out the window and eat baked liver in purple sauce.

1998

Levy, Elizabeth.   My Life as a Fifth-Grade Comedian

Although Bobby's father thinks that he might be expelled just like his older brother, with the encouragement of a new fifth-grade teacher, Bobby tries to channel his penchant for humor into a learning experience.

1997

Clements, Andrew.   Frindle

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.

1996

Korman, Gordon.   The Chicken Doesn’t Skate

Wild things happen at the South Middle School when Milo's science project, Henrietta the chicken, becomes the hockey team's mascot and their only chance for a winning season.

1996

Fitzgerald, John D.   The Great Brain Is Back

Although bedazzled by pretty Polly Reagan, thirteen-year-old Tom Fitzgerald's great brain and money-loving ways haven't changed a bit.

1995

Robinson, Barbara.   The Best School Year Ever

The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year.

1994

Sleator, William.   Oddballs: stories

A collection of stories based on experiences from the author's youth and peopled with an unusual assortment of family and friends.

(Biography Collection)

1993

Paulsen, Gary.   The Boy Who Owned the School:  a comedy of love

Jacob Freisten, often in a fog, tries to ease through high school unnoticed; but a beautiful classmate takes notice of him and his life begins to change.

1990

Sachar, Louis.   Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School

Contains over fifty mindboggling math puzzles which the reader can help to solve along with the kids in Mrs. Jewls's class at Wayside School.

1989

Sachar, Louis.   Wayside School is Falling Down

More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn to tango, and study a hobo during Show and Tell.

1989

Avi.   Romeo and Juliet-- Together (and alive!) at Last

The eighth grade's plan to get two reluctant "lovers" together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare's play has some very unexpected results.

1987

Sachar, Louis.   There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.

1987

Sachar, Louis.   Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

1985

Dahl, Roald.   Boy: tales of childhood

Presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood which included summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school. (Biography Collection)

1984

Spinelli, Jerry.   Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?

The sibling rivalry between 10-yearold Megin and her older brother Greg intensifies after she ruins his science project.

1984

Peck, Robert Newton.   Soup

The adventures and misadventures of two boys growing up in a small Vermont town.

1974

Fitzgerald, John D.   The Great Brain at the Academy

The Great Brain faces the challenge of life at a strict Catholic boarding school with daring exploits and money-making schemes.

1972

Robinson, Barbara.   The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

1972

Rodgers, Mary.   Freaky Friday

A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.

1972

Fitzgerald, John D.   The Great Brain

The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, frequently the victim of the Great Brain's schemes for gaining prestige or money.

1967

McCloskey, Robert.   Homer Price

Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.

1943