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My Life as a Book
Contributor(s): Tashjian, Janet (Author), Tashjian, Jake (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0312672896     ISBN-13: 9780312672898
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2011

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Parents
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 880(Not Available)
Series: My Life
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 5.1" W x 7.5" (0.40 lbs) 240 pages
- Topical - Friendship
- Catalog Heading - Hi Interest/Low Vocabulary
- Curriculum Strand - Hi Interest/Low Vocabulary
- Seasonal - Summer
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Nominee, Grades 3-6, 2013
Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee, Elementary, 2015
Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award, Nominee, Children's, 2013
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2015
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140834
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
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Publisher Description:

Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled a reluctant reader, his mom has pushed him to read real books-something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.
As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls. My Life as a Book is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Contributor Bio(s): Tashjian, Jake: -

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.

Tashjian, Janet: -

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.

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