Angleberger, Tom. Poop Fountain. (FIC ANG) Most 4th graders don't really think about what happens after they flush the toilet, but when Lyle, Dave, and Marilla hear about a sludge fountain at the sewage treatment plant, they decide that they've just got to see it. From the author of the Origami Yoda series.
Barnett, Mac. The Terrible Two. (FIC BAR) Miles Murphy takes pride in being the biggest prankster in school. However, when Miles moves to a new school and sees a car parked at the top of the stairs so that it blocks the entrance to to school, he realizes that this school already has a master prankster. Soon Miles finds himself in an epic battle of pranks to determine who will be the best prankster, but he'll need to be on his best game because Principal Barkin is on to him.
Bolger, Kevin. Zombiekins. (FIC BOL) Zombiekins is a strange stuffed animal that seems to be turning the town of Dementedyville into a pack of Zombies. Stanley Nudelman is the town’s only hope.
Burnham, Molly. Almost a Winner. (FIC BUR) Teddy has got his hands full trying to break a world record with his friends while keeping his brother, nicknamed the Destructor, from covering himself in pigeon poo and feathers and stealing his job taking care of pigeons for the grumpy neighbor. If that's not enough, suddenly Teddy's parents have decided to switch responsibilities around the house, and Teddy is afraid he'll starve or get food poisoning before he can break that world record.
Castellucci, Cecile. Odd Duck. (FIC CAS) Theodora and Chad are nothing alike. She likes to swim with a teacup on her head, refuses to fly south for the winter, and loves her perfectly peaceful life. Chad has disorderly feathers, makes strange sculptures, and is very loud. Which one is the odd duck?
Colfer, Eion.The Legend of Spud Murphy (FIC COL) William and his brother are terrified of the legendary librarian, Spud Murphy, so when their mother starts dropping them off at the library each afternoon, they begin to face their biggest fears, and you'll have lots of laughs. More by this author: Legend of Captain Crow’s Feet.
Coville, Bruce. Diary of a Mad Brownie. (FIC COV) After faithfully serving in Scotland for many years, Angus the brownie must move to America to serve the nearest living relative of his deceased mistress because he has been bound by a family curse. Tempers flair as fussy Angus and sloppy Alex try to make the best of their new situation under the curse that binds their families. When things go from bad to worse since Angus's arrival, he and Alex realize that the only way to make things better is to break the curse before it ruins their lives. Lots of laughs ahead!
Cowell, Cressida. How to Be a Pirate. (FIC COW) Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his dragon are off on another adventure as they continue his training to become a viking and the leader of the Harry Hooligans. Will their search of the Isle of Skullions lead to pirate treasure for all of them, or will the mysterious stranger keep it all for himself? More in this series: How to Train Your Dragon.
Doan, Lisa. Jack the Castaway. (FIC DOA) Most people would love to go to a Caribbean island with their parents but not Jack. He hasn't seen his parents in years since they've been traveling around the world chasing one unsuccessful get rich scheme after another. Jack had been staying with his aunt, but after she passed away, he was forced to go to an island with his parents while they try to start a snorkeling business even though they know nothing about snorkeling or about raising Jack. Jack hopes to survive sharks, mosquitoes, and life without all the people and things he loves back in Pennsylvania, but he's convinced that his parents are the most hazardous things to his health. Sequels = Jack and the Wild Life and Jack at the Helm.
Fleischman, Paul. The Dunderheads. (FIC FLE) Miss Breakbone takes pride in making her students cry and confiscating all their personal treasures. When she takes a cat statue that one of her students planned to give to his mother for her birthday, the class bands together to teach Miss Breakbone a lesson.
Fry, Michael. How to Be a Supervillain. (FIC FRY) Because Victor cleans up his messes, eats all his peas, and refuses to run with scissors, his parents enlist the help of disgraced supervillain The Smear help to make him carry on the evil tradition of his supervillain family. While the apprenticeship isn't always smooth, Victor is learning what it takes to become a supervillain. It's just that he's not sure it's what he wants to be.
Gaiman, Neil. Fortunately, The Milk. (FIC GAI) He was just supposed to pick up milk for their breakfast cereal, but when their father returns, he has a tale to tell of being abducted by aliens, lost in a space-time continuum, meeting up with pirates, and more outrageous claims. How much of it is true? You be the judge.
Glaser, Karina Yan. Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. (FIC GLA) It's not often that all five Vanderbeeker children agree on something, but their feelings are unanimous that they love their home on 141st Street in Harlem, New York. Unfortunately, their cranky landlord who lives on the top floor of the building has decided not to renew their lease at the end of the year. That means they've got only eleven days to change his mind and let them stay.
Grabenstein, Chris. Welcome to Wonderland. (FIC GRA) P.T. Wilkie and his new friend Gloria are desperate to find a way to raise the $100,000 needed to save their home, The Wonderland Motel in Florida. Where else would they find a place to live with a snack machine in the living room and an ice cream machine by the pool. Throw in a few quirky neighbors, and it's the perfect place to live. However, if P.T. and Gloria can't use their creative minds to find a way to get more customers and pay off the loan, the Wonderland Motel will only be memory. First in a new series.
Graff, Lisa. The Great Treehouse War. (FIC GRA) Winnie's parents have become so unreasonable with plans for her during their divorce that she's in danger of failing 5th grade. When she learns that her treehouse is on land that used to be an embassy and might not be subject to the same rules as everywhere else, Winnie decides to stay in the treehouse until her parents honor her very reasonable request. When Winnie's friends and classmates decide to join her in the treehouse with their own demands, things get really interesting but not necessarily helpful. Who will give in first...the kids or the parents?
Henkes, Kevin. The Year of Billy Miller. (FIC HEN) Getting a huge bump on his head just before starting 2nd grade causes Billy to worry about how he will do at school until his dad tells him that it will be the "Year of Billy Miller." As the story unfolds throughout the school year, readers see different parts of Billy's personality through his relationships with his teacher, father, sister, and mother. Billy is definitely a character worth knowing. 2014 Newbery Honor Book
Holm, Jennifer. Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School. (FIC HOL) When she's selected to write and direct the film club's movie, Babymouse doesn't realize what she's gotten herself into. Wether the film becomes a cinematic success or a real life horror is all up to her. With friends and frenemies in the film, it's sure to be an interesting process.
Hornik, Laurie Miller. Zoo School. (FIC HOR) The motto, “Let the animals be your text books,” causes the students at this new school to question what they will actually learn, but they surprise themselves with how much they come to learn when they must defend the school from inspectors who threaten to shut down the school.
Jennings, Patrick. Hissy Fitz. (FIC JEN) Hissy is one grumpy kitty. He just wants to catch up on his sleep, but the noisy family he lives with is making that impossible. If Hissy doesn't get some sleep soon, no one in the family will be happy!
Jones, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. (FIC JON) After inheriting her great uncle's farm, Sophie and her parents move from Los Angeles and try to adjust to their new surroundings. Through a series of letters, Sophie learns how to care for her great uncle's chickens who keep popping up in unexpected places and seem to have superpowers. She writes to a chicken ranch and even to her deceased grandmother and great uncle asking for advice as she tries to do what's best for the amazing chickens. Unfortunately, there is someone trying to steal the remarkable chickens. The first step for Sophie will be convincing her parents to let her keep them.
Klise, Kate. The Show Must Go On. (FIC KLI) The story is revealed through letters, newspaper articles, drawings, and notes. Sir Syd's Circus is the best in town until Barnabus Brambles begins to run the show. His big plans mean more work for the performers and less care for the animals. Mr. Brambles seems to be only concerned with money but doesn't realize the true cost of his big plans. Who will stop him before it's too late?
Lloyd, Natalie. Problim Children. (FIC LLO) Fans of Lemony Snicket will appreciate the humor in this story of seven siblings who are desperate to prove that they are the true heirs to the family mansion in Lost Cove after their dilapidated home in the Swampy Woods is destroyed in an explosion. With their parents off exploring the world, the siblings have just 21 days to provide that proof before the nosy neighbor sends all seven away to live on seven different continents.
Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (FIC LOO) Flying Duck is Ruby Lu’s cousin from China who has come to live with her in America. Ruby Lu takes her responsibility very seriously, but will she be able to keep up with her own work while she’s helping Flying Duck? Wherever Ruby Lu goes, laughs are sure to follow. More by this author: Ruby Lu, Brave and True; Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters; and Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.
Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Green and the Room Mother (FIC LOW) Gooney Bird is up to her old tricks as she attempts to cajole one of the parents into becoming the room mother so that Gooney can play Squanto in the Thanksgiving program. The room parent insists on being incognito until the performance when her identity will be revealed. More in this series: Gooney Bird Green, Gooney the Fabulous and Gooney Bird Is So Absurd.
Mack, Jeff. Clueless McGee and the Inflatable Pants. (FIC MAC) Through a series of letters, Clueless McGee writes to his father who is a private investigator, in hopes of clearing his name by solving the mystery of who stole the science fair trophy. He plans to use his ninja skills to solve the mystery, but he'll also need help and a whole lot of luck. (Sequel)
Meyerhoff, Jenny. The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger. (FIC MEY) Louie has an incredible stage set up in his closet to practice his comedy so he can be like his idol, Lou Lafferman. Unfortunately, nobody has ever seen Louie perform his act because his stage fright has him frozen with fear about performing. With the 5th grade talent show quickly approaching, Louie needs to literally get his act together if he hopes to keep his good friend, Nick, who is starting to make new friends. Sequel = Class Burp
Myracle, Lauren. Life of Ty. Humorous Fiction (FIC KEL) It's hard enough on Ty having a new baby in the house, but with his best friend in the hospital, it seems like no one pays attention to him anymore. Ty feels like he's always trying to help but ends up getting into trouble. You can just imagine what happens when he tries to rescue a baby penguin from the aquarium by taking him home. How will be get out of this mess?
Norriss, Andrew. I Don’t Believe It, Archie. (FIC NOR) Unbelievable things happen to Archie everyday. When Archie meets Cyd, he finally has a witness to these unusual events and begins to enjoy all those surprising and wonderful events.
Pastis, Stephan. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. (FIC PAS) Timmy Failure is the overly confident CEO of a detective agency that he believes is the best in the world, despite the fact that he doesn't really solve any cases and his partner is a 1,500 pound polar bear. Timmy is also the narrator of this story. Readers will notice right away that this narrator's point of view can't be trusted since it ignore facts and clues to benefit his ego. Readers will also notice the humor caused by this boastful characters opinions that defy reason.
Patterson, James. I Funny. (FIC PAT) Jamie Grimm uses his sense of humor to deal with bullies and with the accident that caused him to lose the use of his legs. Winning the Plante's Funniest Kid Comic Contest could set him on the path to healing, but it could also cause him to lose his confidence, too. With the help of his caring uncle and friends, Jamie will make a decision that will affect his future. Sequels= I Even Funnier and I Totally Funniest
Patterson, James. Jacky Ha Ha. (FIC PAT) Jacky has a reputation as a class clown since she uses humor to take attention away from her stuttering. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates Jacky's humor, and she finds herself with 20 detentions in the first week of school. Her teachers give Jacky an option to get out of the detentions if she participates in the school play and in a speech competition. For a girl who stutters, that option is not appealing. However, with her mom in the military and serving in Iraq and her dad away from home so much, Jacky feels that she needs to do whatever it takes to cheer up her six sisters, even if that means speaking in front of others. It's not going to be easy!
Pennypacker, Sarah. Clementine. (FIC PEN) It’s not fair that everyone tells Clementine to pay attention. She is paying attention. It’s just that she is paying attention to things no one else feels are important like fixing a pigeon problem or watching the janitor and the lunch lady out the window when everyone else is saying the “Pledge of Allegiance.” More by this author: Clementine’s Letter, The Talented Clementine, Stuart’s Cape and Stuart Goes to School. 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Potter, Ellen. Otis Dooda: Strange but True. (FIC POT) Otis is making his best effort to fit in after his family moves from a small town to an apartment in New York. Unfortunately, being cursed by a guy in a potted plant on his first day in New York makes things a bit uncomfortable. Otis has made a few friends like the kid whose dad makes unusual inventions, the girl whose mom has named all her children after characters from comics, and the boy who is the victim of the Potted Plant Guy's last curse. All of this makes for an interesting tale.
Primavera, Elise. Ms. Rapscott's Girls. (FIC PRI) The girls at the Great Rapscott School for Girls all have parents too busy to take care of them, but that's about the only thing they have in common. After being shipped off to school in flying boxes, the girls do learn a lot about themselves and each other as they take the less traveled road while learning lessons such as "How to Get Lost on Purpose" and "How to Find Your Way."
Repka, Janice. The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco. (FIC REP) Most kids want to run away and join the circus, but Phillip wants to leave the circus to see what it’s like to be with other 11-year olds. When he ends up in the dodgeball capital of the world, Phillip realizes that he’s in for much more than he bargained for.
Robinson, Craig. Jake the Fake Keep It Real. (FIC ROB) How could a boy who can barely play a kazoo and can't draw well enough to win at Pictionary get into a Music and Art Academy for gifted students? If you're Jake, you just fake it. Unfortunately, Jake didn't really think about how he would keep fooling people after he was accepted into the school. It will take some quick thinking If Jake wants to stay at his new school because someone is sure to discover his secret.
Scieszka, Jon. Battle Bunny. (FIC SCI) Alex's grandma meant well when she gave him the super sweet bunny story, but Alex has his own ideas of how the story should be written. He turns the cute, fluffy bunny into a menacing battle bunny with a whole new story.
Skye, Obert. Potterwookiee. (FIC SKY) The latest creature to emerge from Rob's science lab turned closet, is a combination of Harry Potter and Chewbacca. He's a Potterwookiee that Rob calls Hairy. Unfortunately, Hairy's magic skills aren't the greatest, and Rob's counting on them to help him win a big reality show cook-off. Sequel to Wonkenstein.
Spratt, R.A. Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan. (FIC SPR) The Green children will do anything to keep their beloved nanny pig who serves them chocolate for breakfast and makes every situation more fun and interesting. When their father decides to get remarried, the children do everything in their powere to stop the wedding form happening. Second in the Nanny Piggins series.
Stamp, Emer. Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. (FIC STA) Duck just has to be wrong. Farmer loves Pig so why would Duck think Farmer wants to eat Pig. Farmer visits every day, gives Pig slops, and calls him by his special name...Roast Pig. Wait a minute! If Duck is right, Pig might have to take drastic measures to save himself. Pig just hopes he doesn't have to use the tractor-rocket made by the Evil Chickens.
Viorst, Judith. Lulu Walks the Dog. (FIC VIO) Trying to save money for the thing she wants most in the world leads Lulu to a job walking dogs. Unfortunately, she's not very good at the job. If she wants to be successful, she'll need help from Fleishmann, but that means she'll have to be NICE which could be her biggest challenge.
Weiner, Ellis. The Templeton Twins Have an Idea. (FIC WEI) Since their mom passed away a year ago, Abigail and John’s eccentric inventor father has been even more reclusive than ever. Getting a dog and taking a job at Tick-Tock Tech seem to change things for the better until a Dean D. Dean accuses Professor Templeton of stealing his idea for a Personal One-Man Helicopter.
Trine, Greg. Melvin Beederman: Superhero: Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (FIC TRI) Every superhero has one weakness. Unfortunately, Melvin Beederman’s weakness is bologna. He’ll need help from his new sidekick to get out of some tough situations. More in the Melvin Beederman series.
Trueit, Trudi. Mom, There’s a Dinosaur in Beeson’s Lake. (FIC FRE) Scab is convinced that the creature he almost caught while fishing was a dinosaur, but there’s no way to prove it without revealing that he’s secretly afraid of the water.
Winkler, Henry. Bookmarks Are People, Too. (FIC WIN) You may recognize Hank from the "Hank Zipzer" series. This time his class is putting on a play, but Hank's learning disabilities make it difficult for him to truly show his talents. Just because Hank doesn't get the part he wants doesn't mean he can't be the star of the show...or does it? Book #1 in the "Here's Hank" series. Others in this series include "Short Tale about a Long Dog" and "Stop That Frog."
Winkler, Henry and Lin Oliver. My Secret Life as a Ping-Pong Wizard. (FIC WIN) Hank has made it to fifth grade and realizes that he’s really good at ping-pong, but he’s afraid his classmates will make fun of him since it’s a game he plays with his grandfather. More in the Hank Zipzer series.
Wissinger, Tamera. Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse. (FIC WIS) Lucy and Sam are together again. This time they are on a camping trip with Gramps after their father gets sick, and their mom stays home to take care of him. There's plenty of fun and poetry as the three use poetry to share the details of their trip.