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"Twerp" by Mark Goldblatt

'Twerp' by Mark Goldblatt

"A vivid, absorbing story about one boy’s misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach MeIt's not like I meant for him to get hurt. . . .Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his frien ...

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"Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze" by Alan Silberberg

'Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze' by Alan Silberberg

Loveable thirteen-year-old geek Milo Cruikshank finds reasons for frustrations at every turn, like the way his neighbor carves her pumpkin way too early to last until Halloween, or the fact that Summer Goodman won’t look twice at him while Hillary Alpert keeps leaving notes in his locker. The truth is, ever since Milo’s mother died, nothing has gone right. Now, instead of the kitchen being full of music, his whole house has been filled with F ...

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"The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang" by Amy Ignatow

'The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang' by Amy Ignatow

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and ...

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"The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)" by Tom Angleberger

'The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)' by Tom Angleberger

IT TAKES THE WISDOM OF YODA TO SURVIVED THE SIXTH GRADEMeet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him "Captain Dwight." This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day. But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that's when things get mysterious. Origami Yo ...

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"Big Nate: In a Class by Himself" by Lincoln Peirce

'Big Nate: In a Class by Himself' by Lincoln Peirce

Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things.But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome.Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what.He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so.For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet. ...

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"Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty" by Nick Bruel

'Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty' by Nick Bruel

It's Bad Kitty's birthday, and you're invited! Bad Kitty's second illustrated novel is packed with deadpan humor, rich tidbits of cat information -- and even some suspense! Who took Kitty's presents? Why are Kitty's friends so bizzare? Readers will laugh out loud at Kitty's feline mood swings, and they'll be touched by the heartwarming visit from a surprise guest. ...

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"Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)" by Rachel Renée Russell

'Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)' by Rachel Renée Russell

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s ...

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"Mudshark" by Gary Paulsen

'Mudshark' by Gary Paulsen

Mudshark is the go-to guy for any mysteries that need solving. Lost your shoe? Can’t find your homework? Ask Mudshark. That is, until the Psychic Parrot takes up residence in the school library and threatens to overturn Mudshark’s position as the guy who knows all the answers. The word in school is that the parrot can out-think Mudshark. And right now, the school needs someone who’s good at solving problems. There’s an escaped gerbil runn ...

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"How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)" by Cressida Cowell

'How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)' by Cressida Cowell

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon... ...

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"The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)" by Dav Pilkey

'The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)' by Dav Pilkey

Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging - two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own su ...

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"Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Wayside School #1)" by Louis Sachar

'Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Wayside School #1)' by Louis Sachar

There was a terrible mistake - Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor. ...

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