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

by Kim Baker, Illustrated by Tim Probert

ISBN-10: 1250044278     

ISBN-13: 9781250044273

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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 nominee

2015 Louisiana Young Reader's Choice selection

Junior Library Guild Selection


"Pickle is hilarious! The pranks pulled off are fantastically fun." -Chris Rylander, 2012 Sid Fleischman Award winner, author of THE FOURTH STALL series and CODENAME ZERO

One of's Top 50 Latino Children's Books You Should Know

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

One of New York Public Library's 2012 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

"Baker's debut is a lighthearted romp with cross-gender appeal." -Publisher's Weekly

"Sure to please anyone with a puckish sense of humor." -Kirkus Reviews

One of Fuse #8's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012

"Reading PICKLE makes me want to fill an entire school waist-deep with bean dip; stage an impromptu zombie attack during lunchtime; wear a cowboy hat while driving a herd of house cats through the halls; or, at the very least, go pickle some hard boiled eggs and red beets. Whatever it moves you to do, you'll find PICKLE to be inspired fun." -Matthew Holm, co-creator of BABYMOUSE and SQUISH

"A book that I simply cannot keep on my library eat this book up with a spoon." -Betsy Bird, New York Public Library

"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

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.