Okay, I’ll admit to a little Wimpy Kid burnout (I actually hid the books in my library for a brief period last winter to get kids to check out something else). But my literary tastes can be pretty low-brow, and I actually enjoy many of the books in the whole genre that seems to have spun out from this series. Good news: every book on the list is part of a series (or is the first book in a new series):
The Rat With the Human Face by Tom Angleberger. Published by Harry N. Abrams.
Lyle, Marilla, and Dave go on their second adventure as the Qwikpick Adventure Society, a quest to see the rat with the human face rumored to live in the basement of an old research facility. There are just enough quirky details to make this story seem realistic. By the author of the Origami Yoda series.
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Published by Harry N. Abrams.
Miles hopes to keep his prankster reputation when he moves to a new school. Little does he know his school already has a prankster with capabilities far exceeding Miles’. The mystery trickster turns out to be the last person Miles would have suspected, and the two of them join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever.
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. Published by Disney-Hyperion.
On the flight to Washington, D.C., Wyatt and his best friend Matt witness two men acting like terrorists, and decide to take matters into their own hands. There are plenty of laughs, but also a pretty good adventure story with a number of twists and turns.
Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting (And Lives to Tell About It!) by Tommy Greenwald, illustrated by J. P. Coovert. Published by Roaring Brook Press.
When Katie Friedman accidentally sends a nasty text about her boyfriend to the boyfriend himself, she vows to give up texting. On top of that, she gets an offer she can’t refuse if she can get ten friends to join her for a week. Can she really pull it off?
My Life As A Gamer by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian. Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Derek and his friends get an amazing opportunity to test a hot new video game before it’s released. He breaks the rules by telling his new tutor some things about the game. When details about it are leaked to the gaming world, Derek finds himself in hot water.