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Humor for Grades 5-8 (SPARK)

  • Details about The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    Tom Angleberger

    In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight's classmat……more

  • Details about Doctor Proctor's fart powder

    Doctor Proctor's fart powder

    Jo Nesbo ; illustrated by Mike Lowery.

    Nilly is new to the neighborhood, but is quick to make friends: Doctor Proctor, an eccentric profess? and Lisa, who is teased by the twin terrors Truls and Trym. Nilly and Lisa help Doctor Proctor develop his latest invention, a powder that makes you fart. The powder makes Nilly and Lisa VERY popular at school when they sell it for fifty cents a bag. And they get revenge on Truls and Trym by giving them an extra-strength dose of fart powder that shoots them up into a tree! It's all good farty fu……more

  • Details about The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang

    The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang

    Amy Ignatow.

    Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia's the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julie's the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get fr……more

  • Details about Middle school, the worst years of my life

    Middle school, the worst years of my life

    James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts ; illustrated by Laura Park.

    Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class-5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm-50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have……more

  • Details about My life as a stuntboy

    My life as a stuntboy

    Janet Tashjian ; with cartoons by Jake Tashjian.

    Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime - to be a stuntboy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen actress. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren't his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on YouTube. Can life get any worse? Still, Derek takes it all in stride and even manag……more

  • Details about Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading

    Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading

    Tommy Greenwald.

    Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilario……more

  • Details about Big Nate and friends

    Big Nate and friends

    by Lincoln Peirce.

    Sixth Grader Nate Wright is on top of the world....with a little help from his friends! His best buddies, Francis and Teddy, stick with Nate through thick and thin u usually thin. They've seen it all: Nate's disastrous love life, his chessutournament trash talking, even his misguided attempt to be a bad boy.o Along the way, Nate and his friends are joined by Artur, the gentle exchange student who's popular with almost everyone and Gina, the teacher's pet who gets an Ao for annoying.…more

  • Details about Gossip from the girls' room : a Blogtastic! novel

    Gossip from the girls' room : a Blogtastic! novel

    by Rose Cooper.

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls! Gossip from the Girls' Room fills readers in on all there is to learn about middle school life at Middlebrooke, where Sofia has her very own blog and discusses all the juicy gossip that comes out of the Girls' room; read along to find out just what happens when class is not in session. ¬† In Sofia's words . . . Mia St. Claire is only the most popular girl in all of Middlebrooke Middle School. For three very obvious reasons: 1. She's very rich. 2. She has tons of m……more

  • Details about Secret identity / #1 Shredderman

    Secret identity / #1 Shredderman

    by Wendelin Van Draanen ; illustrated by Brian Biggs.

    Alvin Bixby: Hulking, knuckles of steel, hideous breath, foul temper. Kids call him: Bubba. Nolan Byrd: Puny, power walker, math genius, can't keep shoes tied. Kids call him: Nerd. Bubba has been the bane of Nolan's existence for five long years. So when Mr. Green asks the class to become reporters, Nolan decides he'll write an expos√©--on Bubba. He doesn't want to sign his name to it (that'd be suicidal), so Nolan creates a secret identity for himself--on the Internet. He launches Shredderman.c……more

  • Details about Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

    Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

    Rachel Renee Russell

    Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.…more

  • Details about City of the dead

    City of the dead

    Tony Abbott ; [cover art by Alex Eckman-Lawn].

    Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street? Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear. Oh, and he's on the run from the dead. Derek never imagined that the dead could be anything but dead. But there's no denying it. They're back-and they're after him. He just doesn't know why. And he doesn't have long to figure it out.…more

  • Details about Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day

    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day

    Meg Cabot

    The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series makes her first foray into books for midde-grade readers, with this first installment of a new series starring nine-year-old Allie Finkle, who is trying to adjust to a new town, a new school, and a new room. The book jacket unfolds into an oversized poster. Consumable.…more