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Stuck in the Middle

(Of Middle School) 

A Novel in Doodles  

Doreen (aka Doodlebug) is still dealing with challenges in this sequel to Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles (Feiwel & Friends, 2010). This time around, her parents are trying to figure out their new jobs, Doodlebug has a teacher who believes she is capable of more, and her first school dance is fast approaching. Will she be able to keep her ADHD in check and solve all of her problems, or are they beyond her control?


Praise For Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)…


"For kids wanting more books like Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series." -- School Library Journal 


"A finely crafted work . . . the format might recall a certain wimpy kid, but the content is better compared to the middle-grade novels of Kate Klise." -- Booklist


"Young has a gift for capturing Doodlebug’s scattered but perceptive outlook—'Permanent,' she writes (in permanent marker), 'is a word that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with my family so far'—both in her writing and her authentically childlike illustrations. We can only hope that this amusing and touching title will soon have a sequel so that we can once again share in Dodo Doodlebug’s world.” –Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

“Like Melissa Moss’ Amelia books, Young presents the story as if it is Doodlebug’s notebook, incorporating drawings, graphs, and different kinds of lettering that are an integral part of the story and make this insightful look into a middle-grader’s life a pleasure to read.” –Booklist 

“This novel's graphic format, showcasing narrator Doreen's clever doodles, will fascinate readers. They also will admire Doreen's spunk, honesty and problem-solving skills.” –The Topeka Capital-Journal

“It is sure to inspire creativity in children and teach them they can overcome obstacles that they may encounter.” –The Kansas City Star

“Young provides an engaging story about how Dodo reinvents herself as the Doodlebug in her new school, tracking her year in an illustration-filled notebook.” –Scripps News

“An engaging, original heroine, a satisfying story and lots of great pictures…Charming and thoughtful.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews



Ages 8 to 12 


  • ISBN-10: 1250039975

  • ISBN-13: 978-1250039972

















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