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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.


About the Author

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.
Published January 1, 2010 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
Genres: Young Adult.

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Derek spends time after school with his dog, Bodi, and Frank, the capuchin monkey they are fostering, then goes with his friend Matt, skateboarding to UCLA’s campus to work on climbing skills at the parking garage.

Jan 12 2012 | Read Full Review of My Life As a Book


If I were the main character in an exciting story rather than some kid who has to sit around and READ all day, I’d spend the summer trying to find out how that girl in the newspaper ended up dead.” The days are ticking down towards summer break, and all Derek Fallon can think about is the fun he...

Jul 06 2010 | Read Full Review of My Life As a Book

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