The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert

Roaring Brook Press

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLEMAKERS 
Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls.
Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle-making club, could receive funding from the PTA.
Oliver: Who once convinced half of the class that his real parents had found him and he was going to live in a submarine.
Bean: Who wasn't exactly invited, but her parents own a costume shop, which comes in handy if you want to dress up like a giant squirrel and try to scare people at the zoo.
TOGETHER, they are an unstoppable prank-pulling force, and Fountain Point Middle School will never be the same.
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Read an Excerpt

Top Secret
Can I trust you? I mean, to tell you this story I need to know that you can keep a couple of secrets. I’m already in a whole lot of trouble, and it’s not just me. But I want to tell you everything that happened. Everything. I’ll assume that you can keep the important stuff secret and not pass this book on to anyone older than twenty. I’ve been paying attention, and I’m pretty sure that’s when a person’s sense of humor starts leaking out. If somebody is that old, this isn’t their kind of story, anyway.


Praise for Pickle

A CBC 2013 Book of the Year Finalist

A New York Public Library Top 100 Book for Reading and Sharing

Fuse #8’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Book of the Year

Mamiverse.com: Top 50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know

“Pickle is fun and hilarious! The pranks pulled off are so fantastically fun that it’s almost dangerous to let kids read it.” —Chris Rylander, Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner and author of The Fourth Stall series

 “A book that I simply cannot keep on my library shelves . . . kids eat this book up with a spoon.” —Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8, New York Public Library

 “Reading Pickle makes me want to fill an entire school waist-deep with bean dip; stage an impromptu zombie attach during lunchtime; wear a cowbow hat while driving a herd of house cats through the halls. . . . Whatever it moves you to do, you’ll find Pickle to be inspired fun.” —Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish

 “Baker writes with a light and lively hand, depicting a realistic urban setting peopled with engaging characters from various ethnic backgrounds.” —The Horn Book

“Sure to please anyone with a puckish sense of humor or a hankering for innocent prank ideas.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Even though this is a fast-paced, humorous story, it tackles the true meanings of friendship. . . . Pair this with James Preller’s Justin Fisher books or Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.” —Booklist

“Probert’s finely detailed, expressive illustrations depict the club’s racially diverse makeup. Baker’s debut novel shows promise and offers an enjoyable read.” —School Library Journal

In the Press

PICKLE by Kim Baker, Tim Probert | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of PICKLE The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School. Would <em>you<em> want to join the League of Pickle Makers?
- Kirkus Reviews
Children's Review: Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, illus. by Tim Probert. Roaring Brook, $15
Baker's debut is a lighthearted romp with cross-gender appeal. When good- natured sixth-grader Ben Diaz stumbles on the chance to pull a perfect, anonymous prank at school (the balls from a pizzeria's
- Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert

  • Kim Baker moved around a lot as a kid, which taught her two things: silliness is a great way to make pals, and goofy people make the best firends. She lives in Seattle with her family and still goofs off. A lot. This is her first book.

  • Kim Baker


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The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert



Roaring Brook Press