Author(s): Janet Tashjian
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.
Janet Tashjian, known for her young adult books, offers a novel that's part "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (2007), part intriguing mystery; yet the best element here is really the first-person voice, which captures so completely the pushes and pulls in the life of someone with learning disabilities. . . . Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds. "Booklist, Starred Review" A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot. "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review" Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve. "School Library Journal" [The] illustrations, drawn by Tashjian's 14-year-old son, Jake, are quite clever. "Publishers Weekly" "My Life as a Book" is a fabulous, fast-paced choice for reluctant and avid readers alike. "BookPage" Cartoon drawings by the author's teenaged son decorate the margins and not only re-create Derek's illustrated vocabulary lists but also reduce the amount of text on each page, making the book more approachable for kids like Derek. Derek tells readers, If my life were a book, I'd have my own cool adventures.' It is, and he does. "The Horn Book" This book is visually appealing to reluctant readers and shows that all kinds of stories can surprise us. "Chicago Tribune""
Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including "The Gospel According to Larry," "Vote for Larry," "Fault Line," and "Multiple Choice." Disney adapted "Tru Confessions" into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.