Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The My Life series

Janet and Jake Tashjian’s award-winning My Life series, praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun”, follows the coming-of-age misadventures of middle-grader Derek Fallon in school and through his attempts to follow his bliss as a cartoonist, video gamer, stuntboy, and ninja. Hilarious and uplifting, young readers will find themselves relating to Derek’s problems and inspired by his solutions.

Books in this Series

My Life as a Youtuber
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My Life as a Youtuber

The My Life series (Volume 7)
Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers

Book 7 of the much-loved My Life series that has the irrepressible Derek Fallon starting his own Youtube web series!

Derek Fallon finally found something to get excited about at school—an...

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My Life as a Ninja
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My Life as a Ninja

The My Life series (Volume 6)
Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Holt Books for Young Readers

Book 6 in the bestselling My Life series!

Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek...

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My Life as a Gamer
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My Life as a Gamer

The My Life series (Volume 5)
Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish

Will a young video game enthusiast put his skills to good use, or will the competition show him up? Find out in this hilarious middle-grade novel with cartoon illustrations.

Derek Fallon...

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My Life as a Joke
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My Life as a Joke

The My Life series (Volume 4)
Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish

From popular middle-grade novelist Janet Tashjian comes another hilarious installment in the My Life series, with illustrations by Janet's son, Jake Tashjian.

Derek Fallon discovers...

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My Life as a Cartoonist
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My Life as a Cartoonist

The My Life series (Volume 3)
Janet Tashjian; Cartoons by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish

There's a new kid in Derek Fallon's class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek's family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist...

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My Life as a Stuntboy
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My Life as a Stuntboy

The My Life series (Volume 2)
Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish

Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must...

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My Life as a Book
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My Life as a Book

The My Life series (Volume 1)
Janet Tashjian; Illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Square Fish

Derek Fallon has trouble sitting still and reading. But creating cartoons of his vocabulary words comes easy. If only life were as simple!

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About the author

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her bestselling My Life As a Book series is illustrated by her son, Jake. They also collaborated on the Einstein the Class Hamster series.

Janet collaborated with fellow Macmillan author Laurie Keller on the chapter book series Marty Frye, Private Eye. Janet currently lives in Los Angeles and made her new home city the setting of the Sticker Girl series, which details the adventures of Martina who overcomes being shy with the help of her magical stickers that come to life.

Janet Tashjian

Jake Tashjian

Jake Tashjian is the illustrator for the My Life As a...series, including the most recent installments My Life As a Ninja and My Life As a YouTuber. Jake also created and illustrated the Einstein the Class Hamster series. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, author Janet Tashjian. He has also illustrated several books for the author P.T. Evans.

Fun fact: Jake is a visual learner. When Jake was in elementary school, he used to draw his vocabulary words on index cards. This later became the inspiration for the main character, Derek, in the My Life As series.

In 2016 Jake co-founded Workshop 2.0, a non-profit foundation to train and hire other young artists on the Autism Spectrum.

Jake grew up in Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is an avid surfer and filmmaker. To keep up with Jake's cartoons and videos, visit www.JakeTashjian.com.

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