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

My Life as a Youtuber

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

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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
Holt Books for Young Readers

Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime—to participate in a gaming company focus group and to test out a new video game called "Arctic Ninja." Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto,...

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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 fifteen years. 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 novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'





Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.



You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.

Jake Tashjian

Jake Tashjian is a teenage illustrator of middle grade children's books. He has illustrated My Life As a Book and My Life As a Stuntboy, as well as My Life As a Cartoonist and Einstein the Class Hamster. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, the author Janet Tashjian. He has a video blog entitled Notes From the Panic Room at their My Life as a Book website. He films all of the segments then edits the vlogs in IMovie.



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 A..series.



Jake grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles where he attends Fusion Academy. He is an avid surfer and film aficionado.