Book picks similar to
Fast Friends by Julia DeVillers


middle-grade
realistic-fiction
childrens
fiction

Nate Rocks the World


Karen Pokras Toz - 2011
    After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth grader appears to be completely doomed. Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.

Willows vs. Wolverines


Alison Cherry - 2017
    girls prank war in this hilarious summer camp novel from the author of The Classy Crooks Club!Izzy Cervantes and her best friend, Mackenzie, have spent summers together at Camp Sweetwater since they were eight. So when their parents decide to ship them off to Camp Foxtail instead, the girls find themselves completely out of their element—and worse yet, in different cabins! Izzy feels like an outsider in Willow Lodge. But when she hears about the time-honored prank war between the Willows and the Wolverines, the rival boy cabin, she sees a chance to make her mark. Convinced the girls will never accept her as one of them unless she has roots at Camp Foxtail, she boasts that her older brother is the most respected prankster in the camp’s history and would be happy to help them win the war. In reality, Izzy doesn’t even have an older brother, but the Willows embrace her as their new secret weapon, and Mackenzie agrees to help her hatch a series of epic stunts. As the hijinks escalate, so does Izzy’s popularity. But she becomes so focused on impressing her new friends that she starts neglecting Mackenzie, putting her friendship and her secret prank-master identity in serious jeopardy. Can Izzy keep the truth under wraps and win her best friend back, or will she end up on the wrong side of her allies as well as her enemies?

The Boxcar Children Collection, Vol. 3 (The Boxcar Children #33, #82 #88-89)


Gertrude Chandler Warner - 2007
    Includes the following four titles: The Mystery of the Mummy's Curse, The Mystery of the Star Ruby, The Pizza Mystery, The Radio Mystery, The Summer Camp Mystery.

Salsa Stories (cuentos Con Sazon)


Lulu Delacre - 2000
    When Dona Joseph gives Carmen a blank notebook, each guest tells her a story to write down. But Carmen has an idea of her own. Illustrations.

Doing Time Online


Jan Siebold - 2002
    His "sentence" is to chat online with a nursing home resident twice a week for the next month. Mitch isn't thrilled at first, but soon he has a new friend--Wootie Hayes--who helps him face the truth.

Glory


Jodi Lynn - 2003
    Intelligent and impudent, Glory is frustrated with Dogwood's isolation from the world "outside," and her pranks and tomfoolery have become an almost constant worry to her father, the town leader and pillar of the community. But when Glory's hijinks cause a horrible accident, her father-and the townspeople-can no longer look the other way. Glory is cast out of the town; left alone to fend for herself in a world she has never known.

No Boys Allowed


Marilyn Levinson - 1993
    It's time to boycott boys!When her dad moves away to marry another woman, Cassie Landauer decides that there will be no boys allowed in her house --- or her life. Not even her best friend, Bobby! But then her mom invites Great Uncle Harry to stay with them for a few months. That's the last straw.Great Uncle Harry takes over Cassie's bedroom, treats her like a little kid, and is always around the house. Cassie is sick and tired of it! But how can she boycott boys when one of them is living in her home? All boys can't be that bad . . . can they?

Big Nate Fun Blaster: Cheezy Doodles, Crazy Comix, and Loads of Laughs!


Lincoln Peirce - 2012
    Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon! Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney says, "Big Nate is funny, big time!"Big Nate Fun Blaster will rock your socks off! This second Big Nate themed activity book is bursting with awesome all new activities for Nate fans, including trivia quizzes, super sudoku puzzles, crackable codes, create-your-own comics, amazing mazes, poetry slams, ridiculous rhymes, marvelous Mad Libs, and much more.Nate's New York Times bestselling world comes to life with a ton of black-and-white illustrations…some of which YOU get to create!Big Nate Fun Blaster is a great addition to the bestselling collection of Big Nate books, sure to be enjoyed by all fans of Big Nate.

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone


Jenny Lundquist - 2016
    She wears camouflage combat boots and tie dye skirts; the Big Dipper and Orion are her two best friends; and she’d rather climb trees or shoot hoops than talk about boys and makeup. And after only a month of middle school she’s already set the record for the most trips to the Principal’s office. The only time Izzy feels at peace is when she’s on the open water, and more than anything else, she wants to become a member of the Dandelion Paddlers, her school’s competitive rowing club. But thanks to those multiple trips to the Principal’s office, Izzy’s parents force her to enroll in Mrs. Whippie’s Charm School, a home-study course in manners and etiquette, or they won’t let her race in the Dandelion Falls annual pumpkin regatta—where Izzy hopes to prove to the Dandelion Paddlers she is more than qualified to be on their team. When Mrs. Whippie’s first letter arrives it’s way different from what Izzy was expecting. Tucked inside the letter is a shiny gold bracelet and an envelope charm. Izzy must earn her first charm by writing someone a nice note, and once she does more tasks will be assigned. Izzy manages to complete some of the tasks—and to her surprise, she actually finds herself enjoying the course. But when one of her attempts at doing something good is misinterpreted, she fears her chances at passing the course—and becoming a Paddler—are slipping away. With some unexpected friends there to support her, can Izzy manage to earn her charms and stay true to herself?

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee


Deborah Abela - 2016
    Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next Bee, India feels nothing but trepidation. She's sure she's not good enough - but with the support of her family, India finds the courage to sign up.There are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals, like Summer Millicent Ernestine Beauregard-Champion, a spoiled rich girl who isn't afraid to step on anyone who gets in her way of winning.The whole thing seems rather calamitous to India. But with hope, hard work, and a little bit of heart, something splendiferous might be on the horizon...

Kristy's Big News


Ann M. Martin - 1999
    Now, years later, he's called with some surprising news: He's getting married! Kristy and her brothers Sam and Charlie must head to California for the wedding--and to meet their new stepmom. Kristy doesn't know what to expect. It's been a long time since she's seen her father. And now she's supposed to be his bridesmaid!What will Kristy do?

Us and Uncle Fraud


Lois Lowry - 1984
    Is Uncle Claude a thief, an imposter, or just a dream waver?

You Won’t Believe This


Adam Baron - 2019
    He’s also got to help his friend Veronique, whose grandma is dangerously ill. It seems Nanai has a secret, connected to her arrival in the UK as a Boat Person from Vietnam, a traumatic journey in which she lost her twin sister. Can Cymbeline figure out the mystery in time? One thing is for sure: even the most unexpected people can change your life in wonderful ways . . .

Gone Missing


Jean Ure - 2007
    Jean Ure returns with more warmth and wit in a brilliant book about what happens when two girls decide to run away from home.Fourteen-year-old Jade is fed up with fighting with her mum and step-dad, and her shy sixteen-year-old friend Honey is having a miserable time with her mum, but when Jade decides they should both run away, Honey isn't so sure.It's only when they get to London and things don't work out quite how they expected that Honey shows she has hidden depths, and Jade realises that home is not so bad after all…

Undercurrents


Willo Davis Roberts - 2002
    Sometimes they are just odd and secretive. Only eight months after her mother's death, Nikki's father announces he's getting remarried. Her name is Crystal, and she's barely older than Nikki and Nikki's older sister, Bonnie. Though Bonnie and Nikki's younger brother, Sam, agree with Nikki that Crystal isn't your typical stepmother, they don't see anything "that" particular in her behavior. She's just shy.But Nikki doesn't believe it. Crystal is hidding something. Why else would she cry out in the night or refuse to be seen in public without glasses and a scarf around her head? Most importantly, why would she forbid Nikki to work for the old man who lives in the next house over? As Nikki explores these questions and more, she quickly discovers that beneath the surface things aren't always what they seem.