Sacramento Public Library

Readalikes for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Knucklehead

    Knucklehead - Jon Scieszka

    How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Scieszka, J.
    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

    Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
    Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel

    Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel - Ruth McNally Barshaw

    Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.
    Dear Dumb Diary

    Dear Dumb Diary - Jim Benton

    In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.
    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day

    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day - Meg Cabot

    Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.
    Gossip from the Girls' Room

    Gossip from the Girls' Room - Rose Cooper

    Sixth-grader Sofia Becker writes a blog about everything she overhears in the girls' bathroom, especially mean things about the super-popular Mia, but comes to realize that gossip has consequences and popularity is hard to achieve.
    Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything

    Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything - Steve Cotler

    As fifth grade comes to an end, 'Cheesie' Mack and his best friend find their summer plans are drastically changed, due in part to a valuable coin that may belong to the mysterious inhabitants of a place they call The Haunted Toad.
    The Dunderheads

    The Dunderheads - Paul Fleischman

    When Miss Breakbone confiscates Junkyard's crucial find, Wheels, Pencil, Spider, and the rest of the Dunderheads plot to teach her a lesson.
    The Odd Squad: Zero Tolerance

    The Odd Squad: Zero Tolerance - Michael Fry

    Simone, a new student, seems intent on stealing Molly away from Nick and the only way Nick can think to stop her is by teaming with his old anti-bullying ally, but that will require Nick using himself as bait--both as the bullied and bullier.
    Camp Can't: The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez

    Camp Can't: The Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez - Diana Gallagher

    Claudia wants to prove that she should be a junior counselor at Blue River Camp next year, but first she must face mean girls, the boy she has a crush on, a seven-year-old rascal she often babysits, her own bad luck, and a challenging swimming test
    Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

    Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key - Jack Gantos

    To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
    How to Survive Middle School

    How to Survive Middle School - Donna Gephart

    When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Sophie, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least.
    Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

    Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading - Tom Greenwald

    Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
    Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf

    Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf - Jennifer Holm

    The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.
    The Popularity Papers

    The Popularity Papers - Amy Ignatow

    Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd.
    The Loser List

    The Loser List - H. Kowitt

    When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly -- until they discover that Danny can draw.
    Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

    Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol - Jim Krieg

    Legendary Griff Carver joins the Rampart Middle School Hallway Patrol and with the help of his new friends, Griff solves the case of counterfeit hall passes.
    Jeremy Bender Versus the Cupcake Cadets

    Jeremy Bender Versus the Cupcake Cadets - Eric Luper

    Jeremy Bender and his best friend dress up as girls to infiltrate the Cupcake Cadet troop in an attempt to win the Windjammer Whirl model sailboat contest, and the prize money that comes with it
    Clueless McGee

    Clueless McGee - Jeff Mack

    Through a series of letters to his father, a private investigator, fifth-grader PJ "Clueless" McGee tells of his efforts to discover who stole macaroni and cheese from the school cafeteria.
    Boys Are Dogs

    Boys Are Dogs - Leslie Margolis

    When her mother gets a new boyfriend, sixth-grader Annabelle gets to cope with a new town, a new school, and a new puppy and, while training her puppy, she decides to apply some of the same techniques to tame the unruly boys that are making her middle-school life miserable.
    Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made - Stephan Pastis

    Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.
    Lawn Boy

    Lawn Boy - Gary Paulsen

    Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
    Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Powers of Deception

    Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Powers of Deception - Gary Paulsen

    Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.
    Max Quigley: Technically Not a Bully

    Max Quigley: Technically Not a Bully - James Roy

    After playing a prank on one of his "geeky" classmates, sixth-grader Max Quigley's punishment is to be tutored by him.
    Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

    Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

    In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.
    How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying

    How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying - Scott Starkey

    Rodney, an admitted coward, moves to Ohio where the middle school bully immediately singles him out, but when a stray baseball knocks the bully out just as he is about to beat Rodney up, Rodney gains an undeserved reputation as a tough guy.
    Emma-Jean Lazarus Feel Out of a Tree

    Emma-Jean Lazarus Feel Out of a Tree - Lauren Tarshis

    A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.
    My Life as a Book

    My Life as a Book - Janet Tashjian

    Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.
    Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

    Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters - Rachel Vail

    It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school.
    Shredderman: Secret Identity

    Shredderman: Secret Identity - Wendelin Van Draanen

    Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!
    Dragonbreath

    Dragonbreath - Ursula Vernon

    Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.



                                 
    Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)

    Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School) - Karen Young

    Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADD, her younger sister's lack of popularity, and tensions between her parents. Good thing Doreen has her doodle journal!