The Wimpy Kid and His Imitators

Jeff Kinney currently sits at the top of a $550 million empire, and it all started with a web comic.  When Kinney’s ambition to write a comic strip for syndication floundered on his limited art ability, he started posting a strip called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on, the website arm of the educational 

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The Strange Condition Called Middle School

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger.  Abrams, 2010, 141 pages.  Age/interest level: 9-12. Sixth grade is the witching time for authors of middle-grade (mg) novels.  That’s because twelve is the magic age, for both sexes: a turning-point year.  Girls are not quite out of the pink-bedspread and silky-pony stage, but are thinking 

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