My Life as a Book

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek’s dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he’s been labeled a “reluctant reader,” his mom has pushed him to read “real” books—something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.

As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.

My Life as a Book is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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“This book is visually appealing to reluctant readers and shows that all kinds of stories can surprise us.”Chicago Tribune

 

“Janet Tashjian, known for her young adult books, offers a novel that’s part Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), part intriguing mystery; yet the best element here is really the first-person voice, which captures so completely the pushes and pulls in the life of someone with learning disabilities . . . . Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds.” –Starred, Booklist

“Amusing stick figures accompany Derek’s narration, dutifully following his teacher’s suggestion of animating any difficult vocabulary word.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” –School Library Journal

"[The] illustrations, drawn by Tashjian's 14-year-old son, Jake, are quite clever." -Publishers Weekly

 

“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

My Life as a Book is a fabulous, fast-paced choice for reluctant and avid readers alike.” —BookPage

“Cartoon drawings by the author's teenaged son decorate the margins and not only re-create Derek's illustrated vocabulary lists but also reduce the amount of text on each page, making the book more approachable for kids like Derek. Derek tells readers, "If my life were a book, I'd have my own cool adventures." It is, and he does.” –Horn Book


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About the Author

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, and Multiple Choice. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

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My Life as a Book
Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Award Master List, Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805089035
ISBN10: 0805089039
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 880LL
F&P Level A-Z: S
AR Quiz Number: 140834
AR Points: 4

$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312672898
ISBN10: 0312672896
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 240 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 880LL

$6.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429930321
ISBN10: 1429930322
Middle-Grade Fiction224 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 880LL

$4.98

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2010
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466830677
ISBN10: 1466830670
eBook Picture Book - Amazon224 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$4.98
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