Birthday Boy

David Baddiel - 2017
    He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything.He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day.So, at first, it’s quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again…But it’s not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays.Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for…

Basketball Blues

Thalia Kalkipsakis - 2005
    But can cheerleading make Angie happy, or is basketball her real love?   It's lucky Angie is more than just a pretty face!

Field Trip Trouble

Meredith Badger - 2006
    With school camp coming up, will she be forced to choose between her new bestie and her old bestie?

Is That A Dead Dog In Your Locker?

Todd Strasser - 2006
    When their friend Daisy brings her neighbor's old dog Wheezy to school, the boys have to help her hide him. Not only does the school have a no-furry-animals-allowed policy, but the class crybaby, Fibby Mandible, is horribly allergic to animal fur. Barton is trying everything to uncover Wheezy's hiding place and get the boys in hot water. It will take the ingenious work of the Tardy Boys to outsmart him, with some hilarious results.

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Marge in Charge

Isla Fisher - 2016
    In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous wink, takes off her hat and reveals a marvellous mane of rainbow-coloured hair! Marge really is a babysitter like no other and the children spend a wild evening with her - racing snails, slurping chocolate soup and mixing potions in the bath! But if Jake and Jemima want her to babysit again it's time for them to take charge of Marge, tidy up and settle her down for a little sleep.Three hilarious, anarchic and charming MARGE stories from A-list actress, mother, writer and comedian Isla Fisher.


Erin Falligant - 2019
    When the surf’s up, she pops out her hearing aid, hops on her board, and paddles into the waves. Joss is stoked to enter a surfing video contest with her surf sister Sofia and Murph the surfing bulldog. If she can master a killer aerial like the frontside air and get her brother Dylan to catch it on video, maybe she’d even have a shot at winning. But Dylan throws her a curve: he dares her to try out for the cheer team. No way—Joss can’t see herself as a cheerleader. (What’s with those ginormous hairbows, anyway?) She’s 100% surfer girl, and Dylan knows it! Still, if she takes him up on his dare, then maybe he’ll help her with her video—it’s worth a try, right?

The Dollhouse Caper

Jean S. O'Connell - 1975
    But this year they are in trouble--the boys are growing up and no longer want to play with dolls. How can the Dollhouses warn the humans of an impending burglary? Illustrated.

Surf's Up!

Chrissie Perry - 2005
    Kowabunga!  Lucy can’t wait to go on vacation with her BFF, Bonnie, and her family.  They’re going to stay by the beach, take surf lessons, and eat tons of junk food!  But the trip takes a nosedive as soon as they hit the waves.  Bonnie is a natural, while Lucy keeps wiping out.  Lucy doesn’t want to feel jealous, but she can’t help wondering…will they still be friends when this vacation is over?

Busybody Nora

Johanna Hurwitz - 1976
    She doesn't mean to be a busybody. She just wants to be like doorman Henry and know all the people in her building--all 200 of them! And then one day Nora gets a great idea: they'll have a giant party, for everyone in the building!

After All, You're Callie Boone

Winnie Mack - 2010
    No doubt about it, Callie Boone's summer is CRUMMY. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot--who is NOT her boyfriend!--moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.Just when things start looking up, real disaster strikes and Callie feels like she's stuck at the top of the high diving board with no way down. What if she can't fix all the things that need fixing? She'll just have to try! With a little luck, a solid plan, and a whole lot of teamwork, she just might make it through.After all, she's Callie Boone!After All, You're Callie Boone is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Esta Spalding - 2016
    She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car. Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go--to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home. Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding's exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.

Ms Wiz Spells Trouble

Terence Blacker - 1988
    "Wherever things need livening up." Things are certainly livened up at St Barnabas School when Class Three's new teacher arrives. She has a magic rat, a rather rude owl, and some very special powers. But when Podge's dad is turned into a warthog and the School Inspector loses his trousers, Class Three has to admit—Ms Wiz spells trouble!

Ellie, Engineer

Jackson Pearce - 2018
    With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas

Andrea Pyros - 2019
    . . and then her mom hits her with news that shakes her to her core: a breast cancer diagnosis. Josephine doesn't want anyone to know, not even her best friend. Sharing the news means it's actually real, and that's something she's not ready to face. Plus it would mean dealing with the stares and pity of her classmates. She got enough of that when her parents split up. Unfortunately for Josephine, her twin brother, Chance, doesn't feel the same way. And when Chance dyes his hair pink to support his mom, the cat is out of the bag. Suddenly Josephine has to rethink her priorities. Does getting an invite to the party of the year matter when your mom is sick? And what if it does matter? Does that make her a monster?