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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, check out these titles!

Friday, April 22, 2011

If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, check out these titles!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom 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.

Star Jumper by Frank Asch - Self-proclaimed genius inventor Alex is convinced that his little brother Jonathan is evil. The kid never shuts up. He's a klutz, and he drools on his pillow when he sleeps. Jonathan's specialty, though, is sticking to Alex like glue - and sticking his nose into his big brother's business. That's why Alex has to leave Earth and fly so far away that no one will ever be able to find him. Using cardboard, duct tape, old odds and ends and his amazing scientific imagination, Alex builds Star Jumper, a spaceship that will deliver him from his rotten little brother forever! It's a plan only a cardboard genius could ever hope to pull off. But Jonathan has other ideas - and a secret that ultimately brings forth Alex's most brilliant creation ever!

Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel (series) by Ruth McNally Barshaw - Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall - The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

Attack of the Mutant Underwear by Tom Birdseye - Fifth-grader Cody Carson keeps a journal of his hopes for a fresh start in a town where nobody knows about his humiliating mistakes of the past, but before school even begins so does his embarrassment.

The Hero Revealed by William Boniface - Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.

Frindle by Andrew 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.

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin 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.

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins - 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.

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman - When Miss Breakbone confiscates Junkyard's crucial find, Wheels, Pencil, Spider, and the rest of the Dunderheads plot to teach her a lesson.

The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter by John Gosselink - Twelve-year-old Thaddeus A. Ledbetter, who considers it a duty to share his knowledge and talent with others, refutes each of the charges which have sent him to "In-School Suspension" for the remainder of seventh grade.

Amelia Rules! (series) by Jimmy Gownley - A collection of comic stories featuring nine-year-old Amelia, who has moved from Manhattan to a small town in the wake of her parent's divorce, and her fourth-grade friends, the Gathering of Awesome Super Pals, otherwise known as G.A.S.P.

Diary of a Would-be Princess by Jessica Green - In the journal her fifth-year teacher requires, Jillian records the ups and downs of her efforts to become popular as she hosts a class party, creates a school magazine, and tutors some socially misfit boys.

Dear Max (series) by Sally 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.

Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles (series) by Dan Gutman - Tired of following the strict rules of their grumpy replacement principal, second-grader A.J. and his classmates try to find a way to bring back eccentric but lovable Principal Klutz, who was fired for bringing a wild turkey to the school's Thanksgiving Day assembly.

Fat Cat of Underwhere (series) by Bruce Hale - Dodging government spies and three-horned beasties, Fitz the cat and his human friends, Stephanie, Zeke, and Hector, venture once more into the mysterious land of Underwhere to recover the magical scepter, which looks suspiciously like a bejeweled toilet plunger.

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm - The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.

The Popularity Papers (series) by Amy Ignatow - Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.

Dying to Meet You (series) by Kate Klise - In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I.B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer - When zombies take over Phoenix, Arizona, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister's mean friend Madison Miller team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another.

Maxx Comedy (series) by Gordon Korman - When Max Carmody sees a poster announcing a contest for the funniest kid in America, he feels he has found his destiny. He sets out to create a tape that will win him fame and fortune but finds out that comedy isn't as easy as it looks.

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman - Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

Schooled by Gordon Korman - Homeschooled by Rain, his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when she lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.

Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg - Legendary Griff Carver joins the Rampart Middle School Hallway Patrol and with the help of his new friends, Griff solves the case of counterfeit hall passes.

Super Burp! (series) by Nancy Krulik - When fourth-grader George starts at a new school, he vows to become a model student instead of the class clown he has always been, but just as his plan is going really well, he is overtaken by a magic burp that turns him back into a mischief-maker.

The Mammoth Academy (series) by Neal Layton - Woolly mammoth siblings Oscar and Arabella enjoy being at Mammoth Academy, but Oscar is accused of stealing oranges and when he follows some mysterious tracks to find the real thief, he discovers humans living nearby.

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look - A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (series) by Megan McDonald - The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school. Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads-can it be?-three feet, seven and three quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? He tries everything to look like he's growing, but wearing up-and-down stripes and spiking his hair aren't fooling anyone into thinking he's taller. If only he could ask James Madison--Stink's hero, and the shortest person ever to serve as President of the United States.

School! by Kate McMullan - Each morning, student Ron Faster hurries to Harvey N. Trouble School, where he encounters such staff members as science teacher Ms. Roxanne Pebbles, music instructor Mrs. Doremi Fasollatido, and the resigning janitor Mr. Iquit.

Amelia's BFF by Marissa Moss - Amelia thought that the only thing better than a best friend was two best friends. But then they come together and she's not sure if any of them are friends. Will Amelia be able to have more than one best friend?

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen - Twelve-year-old Henry's grand adventures spell disaster for best chums Riley and Reed, who always seems to land in a pile of "smelly goo."

Lawn Boy (series) by Gary Paulsen - Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen - Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help of the school's best problem solver and locator of lost items, twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, aka Mudshark.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (series) by Lincoln Peirce - Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.

Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid by Stefan Petrucha - The Ghoulunatics – The Vault-Keeper, the Old Witch, and everyone’s favorite, The Crypt-Keeper are back to offer their twisted takes on “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the “Twilight” series, and Guitar Hero! The cover-featured Stinky Dead Kid stars in two tales-- one that explains exactly how he became a Stinky Dead Kid, and another in which he battles “Guitar Demon,” a popular musical toy that’s become possessed by an evil entity. There’s also the trenchant tale of teen love involving a girl and a vampire, “Dielite,” and the riotous return of the ever-doomed Thomas Donnelly in his most bizarre tale yet!

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex - When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell - Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar - Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka - A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka - Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka - How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert - A top supervillain offers rules and advice to readers on how to develop an evil plan to rule the world.

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg - 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.

I'm Too Fond of My Fur! (series) by Geronimo Stilton - Geronimo follows clues in a diary all the way to Mouse Everest in search of his old friend Professor von Volt who has mysteriously disappeared.

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian - Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) by Trudi Trueit - Fearless nine-year-old "Scab" McNally tries to get his twin sister's help in convincing their parents to let them get a dog, but when he embarrasses her in school with a particularly obnoxious invention, it looks like he has lost her cooperation forever.

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail - "It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?" - Publisher

Little Wolf's Diary of Daring Deeds (series) by Ian Whybrow - In letters home to Mom and Dad, Little Wolf describes his journey to rescue his little brother, Smellybreff, from a crafty cubnapper, Mister Twister the Fox.

The Mysterious Howling (series) by Maryrose Wood - Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.


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