"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and award-winning movie, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Public School Superhero by James Paterson & Chris Tebbetts
Genre: Realistic, Humour, Adventure
Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life? Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.
I Funny (I Funny, a Middle School Story series) by James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein
Sequels: I Funnier, I Even Funnier, I Totally Funniest, I Funny TV, I Funny: School of Laughs, The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest I Funny Ever
Genre: Humour Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian, even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act? Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story.
Treasure Hunters (Treasure Hunters series) by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Sequels: Danger Down the Nile, Secrets of the Forbidden City, Peril at the Top of the World, Quest for the City of Gold, All-American Adventure, The Plunder Down Under
Genres: Adventure, Humour, Mystery
The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents-and find out if they're still alive.
Ali Cross by James Patterson
Sequel: Like Father, Like Son
Genres: Mystery, Adventure
Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. While solving some of the nation's most challenging crimes, his father always kept his head and did the right thing. Can Ali have the same strength and resolve? When Ali's best friend Gabe is reported missing, Ali is desperate to find him. At the same time, a string of burglaries targets his neighborhood -- and even his own house. With his father on trial for a crime he didn't commit, it's up to Ali to search for clues and find his friend. But being a kid sleuth isn't easy -- especially when your father warns you not to get involved! -- and Ali soon learns that clues aren't always what they seem. Will his detective work lead to a break in Gabe's case or cause even more trouble for the Cross family?
Middle School the Worst Years of My Life (Middle School series) by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Sequels: Get Me Out of Here; My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar; How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill; Ultimate Showdown; Save Rafe!; Just My Rotten Luck; Dog's Best Friend; Escape to Australia; From Hero to Zero; Born to Rock; Master of Disaster; Field Trip Fiasco; It's a Zoo in Here
Genres: Humour, Realistic, Adventure
It's Rafe Khatchadorian's first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it's shaping up to be the worst year ever. He has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix, but luckily he's got an ace plan for the best year ever--if only he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class--5,000 points! Running in the hallway--10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm--50,000 points! But not everyone thinks Rafe's plan is a good idea, especially not the teachers, parents, and bullies who keep getting in his way. Will Rafe decide that winning is the only thing that matters? Are things about to go from magic to tragic? Find out in this hilarious--and heartwarming--#1 New York Times bestselling hit!
Dog Diaries (Dog Diaries, a Middle School Story series) by James Patterson and Steven Butler
Sequels: Happy Howlidays, Mission Impawsible, Curse of the Mystery Mutt, and more!
Genres: Adventure, Humour
When rule-breaking Rafe has to train his mischievous mutt at obedience school, things are about to get really ruff. "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I've been waiting for ages to tell my story, and now it's finally happening! Being Rafe's dog isn't always easy, but it is always EXCITING! I've got so much to tell you about how I protect the yard from birds, raccoons, squirrels, raccoons, mail carriers . . . and did I mention RACCOONS?, sniffing pooch posteriors for the latest canine news, and the terrifying monster hiding in the hall closet: the vacuum cleaner! These were all the most paw-some parts of my doggie life -- until the evil Mrs. Stricker threatened to send me back to the pound if I didn't learn to behave. Now Rafe and I have to go to obedience school and win the trophy for Best Trained Dog . . . or else!"
The Genius Experiment (Max Einstein series) by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Sequels: Rebels With a Cause, Max Einstein Saves the Future, World Champions
Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery, Humour
Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes, builds inventions to help the homeless, and talks to Albert Einstein! (Okay, that's just in her imagination). But everything changes when Max is recruited by a mysterious organization! Their mission: solve some of the world's toughest problems using science. She's helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that's only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn't get to her first . . .
Big Nate In A Class All By Himself (Big Nate series) by Lincoln Peirce
Sequels: Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll, Big Nate Goes For Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone, and many more!
Genres: Humour, Realistic In the first of the Big Nate books, we spend the day with Grade 6 student, Nate Wright, and his friends Francis and Teddy. Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. He has eaten a fortune cookie which promises that he will surpass all others that day.
Big Nate Genius Mode (Big Nate Comic Strip Collections) by Lincoln Peirce
Sequels: Big Nate From the Top, Big Nate Out Loud, Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing
Genres: Humour, Realistic
Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate. As a popular middle-grade book character, Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, has a habit of annoying his family, friends, and teachers with his sarcasm.
Max and the Midknights (Max & the Midknights series) by Lincoln Peirce
Sequel: Battle of the Bodkins
Genres: Humour, Fantasy
Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act...and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers--the Midknights--Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits! Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce.
PAX by Sarah Pennypacker
Sequel: Pax, Journey Home Genre: Adventure
Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax.
Dog Man (Dog Man series) by Dav Pilkey
Sequels: Unleashed, Tale of Two Kitties, Dog Man and Cat Kid, Lord of the Fleas, Brawl of the Wild, For Whom the Ball Rolls, Fetch-22, Grime and Punishment, Cat Kid Comic Club, Mothering Heights
Genres: Humour, Fantasy, Adventure
George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
Sequels: Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha Monkeys from Mars, and many more!
Genres: Humour, Science Fiction, Adventure
Meet Ricky Ricotta, a little mouse with a big problem! Ricky Ricotta lives in Squeakyville with his mom and dad. Ricky has a hard time making friends at school, and the neighbourhood bullies are always picking on him. If only Ricky could find someone to be his best buddy and keep those creepy bullies away! Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a mad scientist named Dr. Stinky McNasty has created a Mighty Robot who is as gentle as he is powerful. Dr. Stinky plans to make the Robot destroy Squeakyville, but there's one little thing in his way: Ricky Ricotta! When Ricky rescues the Robot, an unlikely friendship begins. And Ricky discovers that a little mouse can be a BIG hero -- with some help from his new best friend!
Sequels: Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets, ...Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds, and many more!
Genres: Humour, Fantasy, Adventure
Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school -- and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
Maze of Bones (39 Clues series) by Rick Riordan
Sequels: One False Note, Sword Thief, Beyond the Grave, Black Circle, In Too Deep, Viper's Nest, Emperor's Code, Storm Warning, Into the Gauntlet, Vespers Rising; Cahills vs Vespers series; Rapid Fire series; Cahill Files series, Unstoppable series; Doublecross series; Rapid Fire series
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Genres: Mystery, Human Interest, Adventure
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society series) by Trenton Lee Stewart
Sequels: Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of the Ages, Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
Genres: Adventure, Mystery
Now on Disney+! When a peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enrol to take a series of mysterious mind-bending tests. In the end, four special children succeed and they embark on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children can compete.
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery
When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch with a secret power, his life takes an intriguing turn. As one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure--full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes--as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. With fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit a sly villain called The Smoke and save the city from a terrible fate? In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland
Sequels: Lost Heir, Hidden Kingdom, Dark Secret, Brightest Night, Moon Rising, Winter Turning, Escaping Peril, Talons of Power, Darkness of Dragons, Lost Continent, Hive Queen, and more!
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that's been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia -- but how they'll do this, none of them knows. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. When one of their own is threatened, Clay and his friends decide to escape. Maybe they can break free and end the war at the same time -- or maybe they'll risk everything.
Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom (Cookie Chronicles series) by Matthew Swanson
Sequels: Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Endless Waiting, Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Perfection
Genre: Humour, Adventure
"Live each day as if it were your last"... When Ben reads his fortune-cookie fortune, he's alarmed and inspired. Immediately, he begins drafting a bucket list of unfinished tasks and lifelong dreams (finish his 1000-piece model of the Taj Mahal, eat an entire cake, etc....). As Ben marches himself in and out of trouble, takes useful risks, and helps both his parents to see the bigger picture, readers discover how something that seems scary can instead be empowering--leading to friendships that might never have been made, neighbors that might never have been known, and apple pies that might otherwise never have been baked.
The Real McCoys (The Real McCoys series) by Matthew Swanson
Sequels: Two's a Crowd, Wonder Undercover
Genre: Humour, Realistic, Mystery
Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy. Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case―but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away. Moxie must interview her classmates―both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener. Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived series) by Lauren Tarshis
Sequels: I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916; ...Hurricane Katrina, 2005; ...The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941; ...The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906; ...The Attacks of September 11, 2001; ...The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863; ...The Japanese Tsunami, 2011; ... and many more!
Genres: Historic, Adventure
Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.
The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (Melvin Beederman Superhero Series) by Greg Trine
Sequels: The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers, The Grateful Fred, Terror in Tights, The Fake Cape Caper, Attack of the Valley Girls, The Brotherhood of the Traveling Underpants, Invasion from Dork Planet
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Humour
A boy named Melvin got taken out of an orphanage and sent to super hero school where all the students learned to fly and use X-ray vision. But Melvin couldn’t get off the ground in a single try, stop a train, he couldn’t turn off his X-ray vision and when he used his X-ray vision he always saw people’s underwear. He finished school at the top of his class and then he was sent to Los Angeles to fight bad guys but this didn’t always go so well because his weakness was bologna and everybody knew his weakness.