Sixth-grader 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.
As their school gets ready for the annual Fun Fair, Jamie and Isabella agree to compete in the bottle toss game and to terrible consequences for the loser.
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Best friends Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are as ready as they'll ever be to start junior high. But before they can try out the lessons they've learned about friendship and popularity, tragedy strikes: Lydia's mom is moving her family to London for six months. Separated for the first time, each of the girls must face bullies, secrets, and the challenge of standing up for herself. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.
After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.
Amelia thought that the only thing better than a best friend was two best friends. But then they come together and she's not sure if any of them are friends. Will Amelia be able to have more than one best friend?
In her diary, fourth-grader Daphne Davis draws and writes about her attempt to stop classmates from thinking she has cooties after what she thought would be a "cool" vampire outfit makes her the laughingstock of costume day.
Middle-schooler Nate Wright vies against his rival, the "perfect" Artur, to win the grand prize of a customized skateboard in their scout troop contest.
On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth.
"It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?"--Publisher.
When Danny Dragonbreath's best friend Wendell the iguana is bitten by one of the hot dogs from his school lunch, he begins to turn into a were-wiener.
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.
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