By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2012
Greg Heffley, Big Nate, Nikki Maxwell and other tween book characters are back.
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
By Dav Pilkey
Scholastic, 304 pp.: $9.99, for ages 7 and up
Elementary school mischief makers travel back in time to kindergarten to confront a sixth-grade bully in the ninth installment of this series following the exploits of George and Harold and their principal-turned-superhero Captain Underpants.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
By Jeff Kinney
Amulet, 224 pp.: $13.95, for ages 8 and up
In the seventh installment of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," lovable middle-grade social climber Greg Heffley is back and scrambling to find a date for a Valentine's Day dance. Will Greg or his best friend Rowley have better luck in love?
The Mark of Athena
By Rick Riordan
Hyperion, 608 pp.: $19.99, for ages 10 and up
The third book in the bestselling "Heroes of Olympus" series unites six Camp Jupiter kids in the hopes of defeating giants released by Gaea and locating the doors of death.
Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All
By Rachel Renee Russell
Aladdin, 336 pp.: $13.99, for ages 9 and up
Protagonist Nikki Maxwell writes an advice column for the school newspaper in this fifth book of the bestselling "Dork Diaries" series.
By Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
Balzer + Bray, 576 pp.: $17.99, for ages 9 and up
The second book in "The Wildwood Chronicles" from the Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy sees the series' protagonists traveling underground.
Dragonbreath No. 7: When Fairies Go Bad
By Ursula Vernon
Dial, 208 pp.: $12.99, for ages 8 and up
When Danny's mom is kidnapped by fairies, he and his best friend Wendell travel to fairyland to free her.
Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
By Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Candlewick, 176 pp.: $15.99, for ages 6 and up
Judy Moody finds a lucky penny that seems to be helping her at bowling and spelling until she drops it in a porcelain bowl of yuck. Will her luck run out?
Big Nate Makes the Grade
By Lincoln Peirce
Andrews McMeel, 224 pp.: $9.99, for ages 8 and up
Sixth grader Big Nate is better known for his homemade comics and frequent trips to detention than his scholastic prowess, but that may change when he rivals his longtime nemesis Gina.
Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten
By Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus
Random House, 144 pp.: $11.99, for ages 6 and up
Room Nine concocts a Thanksgiving feast and competes in a thankfulness contest. Junie B. struggles to balance what she is and is not thankful for.
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