Hal hates history class-it literally bores him to tears. But his father is a big history buff, and unless Hal gets a good grade this year, hell never get his own room. Sixth grade gets off to a horrible start when history teacher Mr. Tupkin gives the class an assignment to write journals that will be buried in a time capsule at the end of the ... (to read more see A Look Inside)
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar - J/SAC Presents humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Wonkenstein, by Obert Skye- J/SKY Twelve-year-old Rob has stuffed his closet with old laboratory experiments, unread books, and more, and when a creature emerges from that chaos causing a great deal of trouble, Rob has to do such horrible things as visit a library and speak at a school assembly to set things right again.
Soccer Scoop, by Matt Christopher- J/SERIES Christopher When a cartoon appears in the school newspaper making fun of his tendancy to talk alot, Mac, the goalie for the Cougars soccer team, is determined to find out who is responsible.
Resolving to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.
Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen (Grades 5 & up). When Johanna shows up at the beginning of summer to house-sit next door to Finn, he has no idea of the profound effect she will have on his life by the time summer vacation is over.
No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay), by Trudi Strain Trueit- J/TRU Fearless nine-year-old "Scab" McNally tries to get his twin sister's help in convincing their parents to let them get a dog, but when he embarrasses her in school with a particularly obnoxious invention, it looks like he has lost her cooperation forever.