Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka

How did jon scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit. Watch a quickTime trailer for this book.

Throw in catholic school, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, jokes told at family dinner, lots of comic books, and the result is Knucklehead. Used book in Good Condition.

Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid

The colorful boyhood of a popular author comes to life in this personal accountImagine learning from a nosy classmate that your mother is having yet another baby. Then one day dad's new job moves the family to Chicago, and there's so much Ralph has to leave behind. To ralph's classmates, news of one more Fletcher baby is just "scuttlebutt.

But for ralph, the oldest of nine, being part of a large family means more kids to join in the fun―from making tripods in the woods and "snicking" up the rug to raising chicks and even discovering a meteor well, maybe. In this humorous and captivating memoir, Ralph Fletcher traces the roots of his storytelling.

. Square Fish. It doesn't feel like there's life beyond Marshfield, Massachusetts.

The Detective's Assistant

The detective s Assistant. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared? Square Fish. Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first female detective, bold action, Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure is full of feats of daring and danger, and newfound courage.

When orphaned eleven-year-old nell warne arrives in chicago, wearing disguises, and nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is a detective working for the famous Pinkerton's National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and spying on nefarious criminals.


Guys Read: Funny Business

The detective s Assistant. Walden Pond Press. This hilarious, offbeat first installment in the Guys Read Library is 100% grade-A humor, guaranteed to have kids of all ages asking for more. Authors include mac barnett, jack gantos, kate dicamillo & jon scieszka, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Paul Feig, Christopher Paul Curtis, and David Yoo, Adam Rex, Eoin Colfer, with illustrations by Adam Rex.

Funny business, amuse, the first volume in jon scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face. There's something for everyone in this collection of short stories from some of the funniest writers around.

Square Fish.

Knots in My Yo-Yo String

The detective s Assistant. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir-- a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages. Newbery medalist jerry spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction. Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB. Square Fish. Walden Pond Press.

A master of those embarrassing, including first kiss, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" The Washington Post, gloppy, first punch, and first humiliating sports experience,   From first memories through high school, painful, first trip to the principal's office, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood.

. Rather, like spinelli's fiction, its appeal lies in the  accessibility and universality of his life.

Guys Read: The Sports Pages

The sports pages, under the basket, the third volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to put you in the ring, and right behind home plate. From fiction to nonfiction, from baseball to mixed martial arts and everything in between, these are a collection of stories about the rush of victory and the crush of defeat on and off the field.

Authors include dustin brown, dan gutman, and jacqueline woodson, Chris Crutcher, Gordon Korman, Joseph Bruchac, James Brown, Chris Rylander, Anne Ursu, Tim Green, with illustrations by Dan Santat. Square Fish. The detective s Assistant. Walden Pond Press. Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB. Walden Pond Press.

Boy: Tales of Childhood

Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB. Puffin Books. Walden Pond Press. Sure to captivate and delight you, the boyhood antics of this master storyteller are not to be missed! Square Fish. Walden Pond Press. The detective s Assistant. Find out where the bestselling author of charlie and the chocolate factory and the BFG got all his wonderful story ideas in this autobiographical account of his childhood! From his own life, best-selling books, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny.

Did you know that roald dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don’t yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.

City of Orphans

Walden Pond Press. Puffin Books. And that’s just the start of Mak’s troubles. The detective s Assistant. Walden Pond Press. Maks knows she didn’t do it—but will he be able to prove it in time?This is a riveting, quickly paced adventure set against a backdrop alive with the sights and sounds of tenement New York.

For thirteen-year-old newsboy Maks Geless, they are also dangerous. Bruno, leader of the awful plug Ugly Gang, has set his sights on Maks and orders his boys to track him down. His sister, emma, has been arrested and imprisoned for stealing a watch from the glamorous new Waldorf Hotel. Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB.

Suddenly maks finds himself on the run, doing all he can to evade the gang, with only his new friend Willa by his side. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Plot twists, big accusations, and plenty of shifty, crooked characters fill the pages of this harrowing adventure from Newbery Medalist Avi. The streets of 1893 New York are crowded and filthy.

Square Fish.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Inspired by these stories, minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB. A newbery honor winnera new york times bestsellerthis stunning fantasy inspired by chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents.

Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. The detective s Assistant. Walden Pond Press. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Square Fish. Walden Pond Press.

Puffin Books. Grace lin, author of the beloved year of the Dog and Year of the Rat returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions.

A fantasy crossed with chinese folklore, where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading Charlie Joe Jackson Series

Charlie joe jackson's guide to not reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book. Square Fish. Puffin Books. Knots in my Yo-Yo string PB. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover.

Walden Pond Press. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Little brown Books for Young Readers. Charlie joe jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. The detective s Assistant. 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.

Square Fish. Walden Pond Press. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be.

The Ruins of Gorlan The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

Little brown Books for Young Readers. The exiled morgarath, lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Walden Pond Press. And now 15-year-old will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. White’s the sword in the stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R.

Walden Pond Press. Square Fish. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. This time, he will not be denied. Puffin Books. R. And as will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. Puffin. Tolkien’s lord of the Rings, T. H. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom.

Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger's Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.