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Bad Dad Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Gangsters, poop, lots of heart in zany British best-seller.
By David Walliams
(2019)
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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Book Poster Image
age 8+
Greg is meaner to gullible BFF Rowley in Wimpy Kid spin-off.
By Jeff Kinney
(2019)
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The Unteachables Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Triumph, life lessons fill hysterical middle school romp.
By Gordon Korman
(2019)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Book Poster Image
age 8+
Epic neighborhood snowball fight perks up 13th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2018)
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Finding Langston Book Poster Image
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age 8+
In lovely, moving story, boy who lost mom discovers poetry.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
(2018)
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Lions & Liars Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Lively tween camp misadventure has laughs, life lessons.
By Kate Beasley
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.
By Jeff Kinney
(2017)
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Zora and Me Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Tense murder mystery stars a young Zora Neale Hurston.
By Victoria Bond, T. R. Simon
(2010)
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Beyond the Bright Sea Book Poster Image
age 10+
Moving adventure story of tween's search for her origins.
By Lauren Wolk
(2017)
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Jake the Fake Keeps It Real: Jake the Fake, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny take on fitting in and self-discovery at art school.
By Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach
(2017)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down Book Poster Image
age 8+
Halloween-themed 11th book a fun way to discuss kid scares.
By Jeff Kinney
(2016)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2016)
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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Poster Image
age 10+
Relatable story of Iranian girl in U.S. who wants to fit in.
By Firoozeh Dumas
(2016)
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The Terrible Two Get Worse: The Terrible Two, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Smart sequel serves up giggles with heartfelt touches.
By Mac Barnett, Jory John
(2016)
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The League of Unexceptional Children Book Poster Image
age 8+
Clever idea, clumsy start to silly spy-kid humor series.
By Gitty Daneshvari
(2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School Book Poster Image
age 8+
Shout-out to screen-free time in 10th funny installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2015)
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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Callie gets into science and scrapes in strong sequel.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2015)
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Dear Hank Williams Book Poster Image
age 10+
A heartwarming story of hope triumphing over pain.
By Kimberly Willis Holt
(2015)
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The Detective's Assistant Book Poster Image
age 8+
Action-packed female detective story champions smarts.
By Kate Hannigan
(2015)
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The Terrible Two, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Zany fun, great writing in smart prankster tale with heart.
By Mac Barnett, Jory John
(2015)
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