Adler, David A. The Jelly Bean Experiment. JPB A (Danny Doodles SERIES)
Danny is not sure what to make of Calvin Waffle, a quirky and smart new fourth grader, but when Danny convinces Calvin to use his brain power to help the baseball team, they both have a chance to become heroes. SEQUELS: The Squirting Donuts (2014) & The Dog Biscuit Breakfast (2015).
Amato, Mary. Please Write In This Book. J Fiction Amato
When Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book in the Writer’s Corner with a note encouraging those who find it to “talk to each other” in its pages, the student’s entries spark a classroom-wide battle.
Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. J FIC Angleberger // JPB A (SERIES)
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. SEQUELS: Darth Paper Strikes Back (2011), The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (2012), The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (2013), Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! (2014) & Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (2014).
Barnett, Mac & John, Jory. The Terrible Two. J FIC Barnett
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.
Barshaw, Ruth. Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel. J Fiction Barshaw
Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.
Bass, Guy. Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things. J FIC Bass
Dinkin, a human boy who fears everything, and his monster friends set out to prove that the new neighbors next door are zombies, but they learn a surprising secret about the entire family when he confronts their daughter Molly.
Becker, Helaine. Dirk Daring, Secret Agent. JPB B
When Darren Dirkowitz’s super-secret spy journal falls into the wrong hands, his evil stepbrother Waldo threatens to expose it to the entire school unless Darren starts spying on kids at school for Waldo.
Benton, Jim. Franny K Stein: Lunch walks among us. J PB B (SERIES)
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.
Campbell, L.A. Cartboy and the Time Capsule. J FIC Campbell (SERIES)
Sixth-grader Hal gets a year-long journal-keeping assignment in his least favorite class, history, much to the delight of his history buff father. SEQUEL: Cartboy Goes to Camp (2014).
Cooper, Rose. Gossip from the Girls’ Room: a Blogtastic! Novel. J FIC Cooper
Sixth-grader Sofia Becker writes a blog about everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom, especially mean things about the super-popular Mia, but comes to realize that gossip has consequences and popularity is hard to achieve.
Greenwald, Tom. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. J FIC Greenwald (SERIES)
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. SEQUELS:
Griffiths, Andy. The 13-Story Treehouse. J FIC Griffiths
Follows the efforts of Andy and Terry to meet a latest book deadline despite numerous distractions in their sophisticated tree house home, including flying cats, giant bananas, and sea monsters pretending to be mermaids.
Gutman, Dan. Miss Daisy is Crazy! J Fiction Gutman // J PB G (SERIES)
Miss Daisy’s unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.
Ignatow, Amy. The Popularity Papers :Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang. J FIC Ignatow (SERIES)
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.
Kerrin, Jessica Scott. Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff! J FIC Kerrin
Eight-year-old Martin’s well-meant plans go hilariously awry in these three illustrated stories.
Kowitt, Holly. The Loser List. J FIC Kowitt (SERIES)
When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the “Geek” list in the girls’ bathroom, he’s sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly — until they discover that Danny can draw. He enjoys his new “bad boy” status, supplying tattoos and graffiti, until he’s unknowingly drawn into a theft. Turns out the bullies took a comic book from Danny’s favorite store. Can he steal it back before they get caught — and break off with the bullies before he gets in too deep? SEQUEL:Revenge of the Loser (2012).
Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. J FIC 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.
McDonald, Megan. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. J FIC McDonald (SERIES)
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.
Moss, Marissa. Amelia’s Notebook. JPB M (SERIES)
The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl’s notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.
Moss, Marissa. Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th Grade Vampire. J FIC Moss
Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you’re a vampire, it’s even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends.
Moss, Marissa. Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters: The Name Game. J FIC Moss (SERIES)
In her diary, Daphne Davis doodles, draws, and documents a series of disasters on her first two days of fourth grade, most of which result from her new teacher accidentally calling her Daffy. SEQUELS: The Vampire Dare! (2011) & The Fake Friend (2012).
Pastis, Stephan. Timmy Failure : Mistakes Were Made. J FIC Pastis (Timmy Failure SERIES)
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, 11-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise—Total Failure, Inc.—challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge. SEQUELS: Now Look What You’ve Done (2014) & We Meet Again (2014).
Patterson, James & Grabenstein, Chris. House of Robots. J FIC Patterson
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.
Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate : In a Class by Himself. J FIC Peirce (SERIES)
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.
Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine. JPB P (SERIES)
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. SEQUELS: The Talented Clementine (2007), Clementine’s Letter (2008), Clementine, Friend of the Week (2010), Clementine and the Family Meeting (2011) & Clementine and the School Trip (2013).
Pennypacker, Sara. Stuart Goes to School. J Fiction Pennypacker
Worried about his first day at a new school, eight-year-old Stuart wears his magic cape and hopes that it will help him.
Rodkey, Geoff. The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other). J FIC Rodkey
An oral history that reports, through transcribed recordings, text messages, photographs, illustrations, screenshots, and more, an epic prank war between twelve-year-old twins Reese and Claudia Tapper of New York City.
Sachar, Louis. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. JPB Sachar // J FIC Sachar (SERIES)
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Scieszka, Jon. Frank Einstein & The Antimatter Motor. J FIC Scieszka (SERIES)
In his Grandpa Al’s garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan. SEQUEL: Frank Einstein & the Electro-Finger (2015).
Shreve, Steve. The Adventures of Benny. J FIC Shreve
A resourceful young boy’s adventures introduce him to a host of characters, including Bigfoot, a mummy, pirates, monkeys, and his very own Booger-Man.
Sternberg, Julie. Friendship Over. J FIC Sternberg
Using the journal she receives for her tenth birthday from her father, Celie Valentine records what’s on her mind, including feuding with her best friend Lula, spying on her parents, and trying to figure out her grandmother’s odd behavior.
Geronimo Stilton books. J PB S (SERIES)
In the series, the title character is a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. A best-selling author, Geronimo Stilton works as a journalist for the fictional newspaper The Rodent’s Gazette.
Tashjian, Janet. My Life as a Book. J FIC Tashjian (Derek Fallon SERIES)
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. SEQUELS: My Life as a Stuntboy (2011), My Life as a Cartoonist (2013) & My Life as a Joke (2014).
Trine, Greg. The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich. J FIC Trine (Melvin Breederman, Superhero SERIES)
After graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers.
Winkler, Henry. Niagra Falls, or Does It? J FIC WINKLER // JPB W (Hank Zipzer SERIES)
Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.