My Life as a Book (The My Life series)

Book 1 of 5 in the The My Life Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7S5.223929

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.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on July 6, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805089039
ISBN-13: 9780805089035
52 Book Reviews
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  • tom01
    tom01Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    if your a fan of diary of a wimpy kid youll love this book
    • ajack
      ajackThursday, August 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm22 stars
      I thought this book was okay. It made me think about how I would write my life as a book. I would call it "My world".
      • edmodo-nj5dh369yg
        edmodo-nj5dh369ygThursday, August 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm44 stars
        This book is about a kid named Derek Fallon. He is a bad boy in the book,he would conduct silly investigations and would water balloon trucks. School was over and he was ready for Summer. Although all of his ides for the Summer get thrown out the window as his mother takes him to learning camp for the Summer. Then after spending some time in the camp he starts to like it and he makes new friend. This book was not amazing but not bad either.
        • edmodo-nj5dh369yg
          edmodo-nj5dh369ygThursday, August 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm44 stars
          This book is about a kid named Derek Fallon. He is a bad boy in the book,he would conduct silly investigations and would water balloon trucks. School was over and he was ready for Summer. Although all of his ides for the Summer get thrown out the window as his mother takes him to learning camp for the Summer. Then after spending some time in the camp he starts to like it and he makes new friend. This book was not amazing but not bad either.
          • sparkling5
            sparkling5Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:01 am33 stars
            this wasnt a bad book but it wasnt my favorite. I never really liked the authors book that much but this one was better then the others. It about summer and how this boy is excited about,but then he finds out his mom signed him up for learning camp. He later learns to like the camp and he makes some friends. (Not a really good plot in my opinion though)
            • kidsunflower
              kidsunflowerWednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm
              It was also about some girl that died...and he thought he was the one who practically killed her...
            • rivan
              rivanTuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm55 stars
              i highley recomed this its so funny and is shuch a great book thanks to the auother and the book i realllly reallllly like it
              • jess1018
                jess1018Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm22 stars
                This book is a boy's point of view about his dislike of reading. Yet, reading itself get's him interested in the death of a girl named Susan. He plays with a monkey, feeds his curiosity, visits his grandmother, and even steals a "diamond". All while making friends along the way and learning a valuable lesson.
                • hermit
                  hermitWednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm55 stars
                  I love this book especially the ending!
                  • bookish5
                    bookish5Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm55 stars
                    I didn't really like this book because I found it boring and hard to follow. However, I liked the interesting twist towards the end of the book.
                    • ocelot
                      ocelotWednesday, July 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm44 stars
                      Summer's finally here and Derek Fallon is excited to doing crazy stuff everywhere! But when his parents sign him up for a Learning Camp, all his jumpiness and excitness comes to an end. But when he goes into camp, he makes many new friends and discovers that learning, is not so hard after all. Oh, and I forgot to say, he is called a "reluctant reader".