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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.

  • My Life as a Tik Tok Star
    • My Life as a Tik Tok Star

    • The My Life series (Volume 11)
      Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
      Holt Books for Young Readers

    • My Life as a Tik Tok Star is the tenth book in Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian's illustrated, much-loved diary fiction My Life series starring reluctant reader Derek Fallon…

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      • eBook
  • My Life as a Billionaire
    • My Life as a Billionaire

    • The My Life series (Volume 10)
      Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
      Holt Books for Young Readers

    • Janet and Jake Tashjian’s My Life as a Billionaire is Book 11 in the much-loved, illustrated My Life series.

      Derek Fallon won the lottery and now gets to spend...

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      • Audio Book
  • My Life as a Coder
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    • My Life as a Coder

    • The My Life series (Volume 9)
      Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Jake Tashjian
      Holt Books for Young Readers

    • My Life as a Coder is the ninth book in Janet Tashjian's much-loved, diary fiction My Life series starring reluctant reader Derek Fallon, featuring illustrations by Jake Tashjian.

      Derek...

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      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • My Life as a Meme
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    • My Life as a Meme

    • The My Life series (Volume 8)
      Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
      Holt Books for Young Readers

    • Book 8 of the much-loved My Life series

      Derek Fallon loves making funny memes, but when he finds himself the joke of a viral meme, he realizes how easy it is to offend...

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      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • 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
      Square Fish

    • My Life as a Youtuber is the seventh book in Janet Tashjian's much-loved My Life series--illustrated by Jake Tashjian--featuring the irrepressible Derek Fallon starting his own Youtube...

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      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • 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
      Square Fish

    • Derek becomes a ninja-in-training in Book 6 of the bestselling My Life series by Janet Tashjian

      Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and...

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      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • 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

    • Derek Fallon lands his dream job as a professional video gamer testing out new games in Book 5 in the popular My Life series!

      Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime—to...

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      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • 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...

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      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • 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

    • In Book Three of the popular "My Life . . ." series by Janet Tashjian, Derek Fallon's plan to help out a new classmate backfires miserably

      There's a new kid in Derek...

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      • eBook
  • 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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      • Physical Book
      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • 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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      • Physical Book
      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • My Life as a Boxed Set #1
    • My Life as a Boxed Set #1

    • The My Life series
      Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian
      Square Fish

    • This fun paperback boxed set includes the first three books in the beloved, bestselling middle-grade My Life series by Janet Tashjian.

      The irrepressible yet lovable Derek...

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      • Physical Book

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 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.

Jake Tashjian