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I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

Grades 3+

Jamie Grimm, soon to be the world's greatest stand-up (actually sit-down-in-wheelchair) comedian, lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin - an extremely boring version of the Durlseys. He has an uncanny ability to make anyone (other than the aforementioned boring Durlsey-esque relatives) laugh. Jamie Grimm just funny

When Uncle Frankie (not the boring one) suggests to Jamie that he compete in The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest, he knows he's got to try. His only problem is stage fright! 

I Funny is a fabulously funny story about being brave enough to stand up for your own talents, even if you can't actually stand up.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans are sure to love Jamie Grimm. 

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The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Gabriella is having a perfectly normal day, until she receives a letter from her Death, Hercule, informing her that she has been chosen for Departure.  Now she has one week to wrap things up with her friends and family and to try to figure out what will force Hercule to give her a Pardon before he comes and makes her disappear.

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Ball by Mary Sullivan

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

This one word book cleverly tells the story of a ball obsessed dog who has nobody to play with him.

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