Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

MY LIFE AS A BOOK, by Janet Tashjian

ImageThe story:  Derek hates to read, so it really stinks when he realizes his parents are signing him up for “Learning Camp” this summer, instead of his usual activities of lazing around, feeding the dog, and hanging with his buddies.  Then suddenly a mystery turns up that involves Derek’s own life, and just as suddenly, he figures out that reading can be useful if you’re trying to solve the mystery of the babysitter who drowned while trying to save YOUR two-year-old life.  Maybe reading isn’t ALWAYS bad for your health!

I enjoyed this book a lot–Derek is a funny narrator, and just the kind of kid you’ll wish you had as a friend!  If you’re a fan of the Diary of a WImpy Kid books, you’ll like the pictures in this series too.  Sequels are My Life as a Stuntboy, and My LIfe as a Cartoonist.

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