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BookIf You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid...

Browse the list below for a selection of great books for readers who enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.



For Younger Readers


Star jumper Star jumper
Asch, Frank.
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!



The legend of Spud Murphy The legend of Spud Murphy
Colfer, Eoin.
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.



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



The big fat cow that goes kapow The big fat cow that goes kapow
Griffiths, Andy, 1961-
In these ten easy-to-read stories there is a mixed-up cow that says "miaow," a mole called Noel who plays rock 'n' roll in a hole, and a boy named Mike who rides a bike with a very big spike!



Miss Daisy is crazy! Miss Daisy is crazy!
Gutman, Dan.
Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.



Stink and the world's worst super-stinky sneakers Stink and the world's worst super-stinky sneakers
McDonald, Megan.
A class visit to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum inspires Stink Moody to create a variety of terrible smells to put on the sneakers he plans to enter in the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker contest.



Stuart's cape Stuart's cape
Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
Bored because there is nothing to do in the house to which his family has just moved and worried about starting third grade in a new school, Stuart makes a magical cape out of his uncle's ties and has a series of adventures.



Trash crisis on earth Trash crisis on earth
Stadler, Alexander.
Eight-year-old Julian Rodriguez escapes from the crisis of the moment (being sent to his room for not taking out the trash) by imagining he's a space warrior.



Red pizzas for a blue count Red pizzas for a blue count
Stilton, Geronimo.
Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner.



Frankie Pickle and the closet of doom Frankie Pickle and the closet of doom
Wight, Eric, 1974-
Fourth-grader Frankie Piccolini has a vivid imagination when it comes to cleaning his disastrously messy room, but eventually even he decides that it is just too dirty.




For Older Readers


Snarf attack, underfoodle, and the secret of life : the Riot brothers tell all Snarf attack, underfoodle, and the secret of life : the Riot brothers tell all
Amato, Mary.
Move over, Captain Underpants, a couple of new pranksters are in town. Narrated by fifth-grader Wilbur and featuring his third-grade brother, Orville, this hilarious story follows the antics of two boys with overactive imaginations and a comfortable sibling relationship.



The strange case of Origami Yoda The strange case of Origami Yoda
Angleberger, Tom.
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.



Ellie McDoodle : have pen, will travel Ellie McDoodle : have pen, will travel
Barshaw, Ruth McNally.
Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.



The case of the case of mistaken identity The case of the case of mistaken identity
Barnett, Mac.
When twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brothers detective novels, is mistaken for a real detective, he must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information.



Okay, so maybe I do have superpowers : by Jamie Kelly Okay, so maybe I do have superpowers : by Jamie Kelly
Benton, Jim.
As their school gets ready for the annual Fun Fair, Jamie and Isabella agree to compete in the bottle toss game and to terrible consequences for the loser.



Tales of a fourth grade nothing Judy Blume ; illustrated by Roy Doty. Tales of a fourth grade nothing Judy Blume ; illustrated by Roy Doty.
Blume, Judy.
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.



Zombiekins Zombiekins
Bolger, Kevin.
The little town of Dementedyville is as boring as they come--but a mysterious stuffed animal is about to liven things up. . . Stanley Nudelman buys Zombiekins at the neighbor's yard sale. It looks cuddly and creepy-cute--but expose the Teddy of Terror to moonlight, and strange things happen.



The hero revealed The hero revealed
Boniface, William.
Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.



The defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter : a novel The defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter : a novel
Gosselink, John.
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.



Prince of Underwhere Prince of Underwhere
Hale, Bruce.
When Zeke, his twin sister Stephanie, their neighbor Hector, and Hector's cat Fitz slide into the world of Underwhere, Zeke is hailed as a prince who will, according to an ancient prophecy, free the Undies from the evil UnderLord's rule by finding and destroying his throne.



Middle school is worse than meatloaf : a year told through stuff Middle school is worse than meatloaf : a year told through stuff
Holm, Jennifer L.
The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.



The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
Ignatow, Amy.
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.



My rotten life My rotten life
Lubar, David.
Tired of continually having his feelings hurt by popular students and bullies, fifth-grader Nathan agrees to try an experimental formula, Hurt-Be-Gone, and becomes a half-dead zombie, a condition which, he soon discovers, has some real advantages.



Cyberia Cyberia
Lynch, Chris.
In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them, and those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.



The vampire dare! The vampire dare!
Moss, Marissa.
In her diary, fourth-grader Daphne Davis draws and writes about her attempt to stop classmates from thinking she has cooties after what she thought would be a "cool" vampire outfit makes her the laughingstock of costume day.



Alien Eraser to the rescue Alien Eraser to the rescue
Moss, Marissa.
Welcome to Max’s secret collection of inventions, comic strips, and random thoughts about school, family breakups, and the power of Alien Eraser. Pimply older brothers. Good parents who get into bad fi ghts. Lucky for Max, he has a place to jot down his mixed-up thoughts and brilliant ideas. In a quirky mix of comics, concoctions, and contraptions, Max tells the story of his topsy-turvy life — and how he tries to hold it and himself all Together.



Attack of the growling eyeballs Attack of the growling eyeballs
Oliver, Lin.
Daniel Funk, who lives with three sisters, his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, has always wanted a brother, and when he suddenly shrinks to the size of a toe, he discovers that he has a twin brother who is the same size.



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



Big Nate : in a class by himself Big Nate : in a class by himself
Peirce, Lincoln.
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.



Max Quigley : technically not a bully Max Quigley : technically not a bully
Roy, James, 1968-
After playing a prank on one of his "geeky" classmates, sixth-grader Max Quigley's punishment is to be tutored by him.



Dork diaries : tales from a not-so-fabulous life Dork diaries : tales from a not-so-fabulous life
Russell, Rachel Renee.
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.



Spaceheadz Spaceheadz
Scieszka, Jon.
On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth.



Milo : sticky notes and brain freeze Milo : sticky notes and brain freeze
Silberberg, Alan.
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.



Lose, team, lose! Lose, team, lose!
Stine, R. L.
The biggest, toughest girl in school joins the football team and foils a sly fourth grader's attempts to win the affections of the snobbiest girl in the class.



Wiff and Dirty George : the Z.E.B.R.A. incident Wiff and Dirty George : the Z.E.B.R.A. incident
Swinburne, Stephen R.
As a train pulls into London's Paddington Station, a weird gravitational force causes zippers to unzip, buckles to unbuckle and trousers to fall down. Among the victims are Wiff and Dirty George. They end up giving chase to the notorious Basil King, a criminal genius and master of disguise who is bent on taking over Great Britain. Can Wiff and Dirty George save the day?



My life as a book My life as a book
Tashjian, Janet.
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.



Justin Case : school, drool, and other daily disasters Justin Case : school, drool, and other daily disasters
Vail, Rachel.
"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.



Secret identity Secret identity
Van Draanen, Wendelin.
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!



Click here : (to find out how I survived seventh grade) : a novel Click here : (to find out how I survived seventh grade) : a novel
Vega, Denise.
Seventh-grader Erin Swift writes about her friends and classmates in her private blog, but when it accidentally gets posted on the school Intranet site, she learns some important lessons about friendship.



Dragonbreath Dragonbreath
Vernon, Ursula.
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.



Doodlebug : a novel in doodles Doodlebug : a novel in doodles
Young, Karen Romano.
Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen "Dodo" Bussey's family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.



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