If you like reading Greg Heffley’s diary, you might like some of these books that are also about kids trying to make their way in Middle School. Some of these kids are also irreverent (that means disrespectful!) and lazy…just like Greg! Some of them write in a diary and some don’t, but ALL of them are funny. We highly recommend Big Nate, Timothy Failure, Origami Yoda, Amelia Rules & Dear Dumb Diary!
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series:
1: Diary of a Wimpy Kid on CD, eBook
2: Rodrick Rules on CD, eBook
3: The Last Straw on CD, eBook
4: Dog Days on CD, eBook
5: The Ugly Truth on CD, eBook
6: Cabin Fever on CD, eBook
7: The Third Wheel on CD, eBook
8: Hard Luck on CD, eBook
9: The Long Haul on CD, eBook
10: Old School on CD, eBook
11: Double Down on CD, eBook
12: The Getaway on CD, eBook
13: The Meltdown (coming in 2018)
Galactic Hot Dogs Cosmo’s Wiener Getaway or eAudio by Max Braillier
When Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him G-Man) has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city (like Captain Thunderman) in the fight for justice. After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he’s the most popular kid in school! Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them?
The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins or eBook by Chris Giarrusso
Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading or eBook by Tommy Greenwald
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
1: Guide to Not Reading
2: Guide to Extra Credit
3: Guide to Summer Vacation
4: Guide to Making Money
5: Guide to Planet Girl
6: Guide to Not Growing Up
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-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.
1: Mistakes Were Made, eBook
2: Now Look What You’ve Done, eBook, eAudio
3: We Meet Again, eBook
4: Sanitized for Your Protection, eBook
5: The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have, eBook
6: The Cat Stole My Pants, eBook
The 13-Story Treehouse or eBook by Terry Denton
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.
Doodlebug by Karen Young
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.
2: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
Big Nate in a Class by Himself 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.
1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself, eBook, eAudio
2: Big Nate Strikes Again, eBook, eAudio
3: Big Nate On a Roll, eBook, eAudio
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke, eBook, eAudio
5: Big Nate Flips Out, eBook, eAudio
6. Big Nate In the Zone, eBook, eAudio
7. Big Nate Lives It Up, eBook, eAudio
8. Big Nate Blasts Off, eBook, eAudio
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
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.
1: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, eBook
2: Darth Paper Strikes Back, eBook
3: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, eBook
4: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, eBook
5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, eBook
6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, eBook
The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley
In this first book of Amelia’s adventures, Amelia and her friends take on bullies (and Santa!), barely survive gym class, and receive a disgustingly detailed explanation of the infamous Sneeze Barf.
1: The Whole World’s Crazy
2: What Makes You Happy
4: When the Past is a Present
5: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Popular
6: True Things Adults Don’t Want Kids to Know
7: The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff
8: Her Permanent Record
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.
1: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, eBook
2: My Pants Are Haunted, eBook
3: Am I the Princess or the Frog?, eBook
4: Never Do Anything Ever, eBook
5: Can Adults Become Human?, eBook
6: The Problem With Here is That it’s Where I’m From
7: Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
8: It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything, eBook
9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For
10: The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free
11: OK, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
12: Me! (Just Like You Only Better)
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Four fifth-grade students–a geek, a class clown, a teacher’s pet, and a slacker–as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.
Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
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.
1: Lunch Walks Among Us
2: Attack of the 50-Foot Cupid
3: The Invisible Fran
4: The Fran That Time Forgot
5: Frantastic Voyage
6: The Fran With Four Brains
7: The Frandidate
Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life 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.
1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, eBook, eAudio
2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl, eBook, eAudio
3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star, eBook, eAudio
4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess, eBook, eAudio
5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, eBook, eAudio
6: Tales form a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker, eBook, eAudio
7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star, eBook, eAudio
8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After, eBook, eAudio
9: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen, eBook, eAudio
10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter, eBook, eAudio
11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy, eBook, eAudio
12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe, eBook, eAudio
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
1: The Adventures of Captain Underpants, eBook
2: The Attack of the Talking Toilets, eBook
3: The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies…, eBook
4: The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants, eBook
5: TheWrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, eBook
6: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1, eBook
7: The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2, eBook
8: The Revenge of the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People, eBook
9: The Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers, eBook
10: The Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, eBook
11: The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000, eBook
12: The Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot, eBook
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, and a vast array of other items, this hilarious story follows Ginny, who is having the worst school year ever, as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother 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.
Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman!
1: Secret Identity, eBook, eAudio
2: Attack of the Tagger, eBook, eAudio
3: Meet the Gecko, eBook, eAudio
4: Enemy Spy, eBook