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More Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-alikes

Do you like Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series but have read all the books ?  Try some of the suggestions below for fun stories with crazy antics and creative kid characters.

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The terrible two by Mac Barnett, Jory John ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Kate the great: except when she's not by Suzy Becker

The phantom bully by New York times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown

Gossip from the girls' room: a Blogtastic! novel by Rose Cooper

Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading by Tom Greenwald

Picture Books for the First Day of School

Does your child have the back-to-school blues? Check out one of these great picture books to help them change that worry into excitement!

Chu's first day of school by written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Adam Rex

First day, hooray! by Nancy Poydar

Oliver and his alligator by Paul Schmid

Dad's first day by Mike Wohnoutka

Off to kindergarten by Tony Johnston ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Realistic Fiction Suggestions for Sixth Grade

Like reading about situations that could happen in real life? Here are some realistic fiction picks. Although they're suggested for sixth graders, other readers may enjoy them as well.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

Waiting for normal by Leslie Connor

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Dog Days of Summer: Canine Fiction

Curl up with a book or two featuring significant appearances by man's best friend.

Dog stories by edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

A dog's journey by W. Bruce Cameron

Seize the storm by Michael Cadnum

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Dancing dogs: stories by Jon Katz

Game On! - Gaming in Teen Fiction

Lois Lane: fallout by Gwenda Bond

Guy in real life by Steve Brezenoff

Who R U really? by Margo Kelly

Grandmaster by David Klass

Gamer girl by Mari Mancusi

Little Brother of War by Gary Robinson

Game slaves by Gard Skinner

Road Trip Reads for Teens

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

Paper towns by John Green

An abundance of Katherines by John Green

13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Just one wish by Janette Rallison

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Go Wild: Stories that Get Up Close with Nature

The edge of the water by Elizabeth George

Lord of the flies by William Golding

Skink no surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Flesh & bone by Jonathan Maberry

Boys, bears, and a serious pair of hiking boots by Abby McDonald

Survive by Alex Morel

Let’s Go Camping: Kids’ Novels

Pack up your tent and head outside for fun camping stories in the great outdoors!

Hailey Twitch and the campground itch by Lauren Barnholdt; pictures by Suzanne Beaky

Ellie McDoodle: have pen, will travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Humphrey's creepy-crawly camping adventure by Betty G. Birney; illustrated by Priscilla Burris

Moon over Gloomsville by Deirdre Black; illustrated by Artful Doodlers

Gifted by Beth Evangelista

Sports Fiction

Brunettes strike back by Kieran Scott

Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Game on by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

Hardball by Steven Barwin

Hit count: a novel by Chris Lynch

The outside shot by Walter Dean Myers

Payback time by Carl Deuker

Press play by Eric Devine

Audie Award-Winning Audiobooks

Bibliotherapy for Teens

These emotionally-charged YA titles feature characters who struggle with maintaining their mental health. 

The nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

I don't want to be crazy by Samantha Schutz

Impulse [sound recording] by Ellen Hopkins

Crazy by Amy Reed

Wild awake by Hilary T. Smith

Suicide notes: a novel by Michael Thomas Ford

Artists on Film

The best offer [videodisc] by produced by Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia ; written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

My mother's smile [videodisc] by New Yorker Films presents a film with Filmalbatros and Rai Cinema

Lust for life [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The mill & the cross [videodisc] by Kino Lorber presents ; an Angelus Silesius production ; written by Michael Francis Gibson & Lech Majewski ; directed and produced by Lech Majewski

Frida [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents in association with Margaret Rose Perenchio a Ventanarose production in association with Lions Gate Films, a film by Julie Taymor

Fiction for Cat Lovers

Whittington by Alan Armstrong ; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

A summer spell by Sue Bentley ; illustrated by Angela Swan

My unwilling witch goes to ballet school by Hiawyn Oram, Sarah Warburton

Wild things by written & illustrated by Clay Carmichael

Beginning Chapter Book Series to Love

These captivating series feature beloved and unforgettable characters, and are perfect for readers who are transitioning from easy readers to chapter books.

Cam Jansen: the mystery of the U.F.O. by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker ; with illustrations by Marla Frazee

Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus by Barbara Park ; illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Bad Kitty gets a bath by Nick Bruel

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross

Books Made Into Movies

The Da Vinci code: a novel by Dan Brown

The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Seabiscuit: an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The pursuit of happyness by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe

The help by Kathryn Stockett

Discover Shakespeare

As you like it by William Shakespeare ; edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare; edited by Robert B. Heilman

Hamlet by edited and rendered into modern English by Alan Durband

Henry VI, part one ; Henry VI, part two ; Henry VI, part three by William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

King Henry VIII by William Shakespeare ; edited by R.A. Foakes

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July-December 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

July 23  

Five miles south of Peculiar: a novel by Angela Hunt

August 24   

The giver by Lois Lowry

September 24  

Honolulu: a novel by Alan Brennert

October 22   

No river too wide by Emilie Richards

Mark Twain's Previously Unknown Writings

Mark TwainMark Twain, Father of American Literature, and author of famous works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has more to offer us readers. Scholars in California have recently discovered a series of writings written by Twain when he was a 29-years old journalist in San Francisco. Read more about this story in this article.

Realistic Fiction for Fifth Grade

Even the real world holds a variety of experience. Walk in someone else's shoes for awhile with these realistic fiction selections.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Lunch money by Andrew Clements

Hope is a ferris wheel by Robin Herrera

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg  A sister and brother run away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R.J. Palacio — And if you liked Wonder (or if the hold list is still long), try Absolutely Almost.