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Tween Read-Alikes

Love Captain Underpants but have read them all? Here are some read-alikes you may enjoy as well as suggestions for other read-alikes for those books you've really enjoyed in the past.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey


The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs


The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L' Engle


The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman


Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Rebel Genius by Michael Dante

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve


Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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