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2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite West winner

2013 CBC Children's Choice Awards, Book of the Year finalist

2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award finalist

2015 Louisiana Young Reader's Choice selection

Junior Library Guild Selection


2018 Global Reading Challenge

Top 5 Northwest Children's Books by KING 5

The Washington Post's 2016 Summer Book Club

Fuse #8’s Magnificent Children’s Books

The Horn Book's Recommended School Stories

Mamiverse's 50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know

100 Books for Reading and Sharing— New York Public Library

"Book Spine of the Year" from 100 Scope Notes

PICKLE: The Formerly Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

Written by Kim Baker, Illustrated by Tim Probert

ISBN-10: 1250044278     ISBN-13: 9781250044273

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLEMAKERS. Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls. Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle-making club, could receive funding from the PTA. Oliver: Who once convinced half of the class that his real parents had found him and he was going to live in a submarine. Bean: Who wasn't exactly invited, but her parents own a costume shop, which comes in handy if you want to dress up like a giant squirrel and try to scare people at the zoo.TOGETHER, they are an unstoppable prank-pulling force, and Fountain Point Middle School will never be the same.

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“Pickle is fun and hilarious! The pranks pulled off are so fantastically fun that it's almost dangerous to let kids read it.” —Chris Rylander, Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner and author of The Fourth Stall series

“A book that I simply cannot keep on my library shelves . . . kids eat this book up with a spoon.” —Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8, New York Public Library

“Reading Pickle makes me want to fill an entire school waist-deep with bean dip; stage an impromptu zombie attach during lunchtime; wear a cowbow hat while driving a herd of house cats through the halls. . . . Whatever it moves you to do, you'll find Pickle to be inspired fun.” —Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish

“Baker writes with a light and lively hand, depicting a realistic urban setting peopled with engaging characters from various ethnic backgrounds.” —The Horn Book

“Sure to please anyone with a puckish sense of humor or a hankering for innocent prank ideas.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Even though this is a fast-paced, humorous story, it tackles the true meanings of friendship. . . . Pair this with James Preller's Justin Fisher books or Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.” —Booklist

“Probert's finely detailed, expressive illustrations depict the club's racially diverse makeup. Baker's debut novel shows promise and offers an enjoyable read.” —School Library Journal