Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg is the winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can visit the SCBWI website to find a list of other books that have won the award.
Milo has all the typical middle school problems - he's the new kid at school, he has an odd name (Milo Cruikshank), he has a secret crush on a girl who doesn't even speak to him, he's failing math and has to have tutoring sessions 2 afternoons a week, and he and his friend Marshall can't beat Warfighter 4 on the XBox. So, as you begin reading, you think this will be another story written as journal entries about funny things that happen to the main character. But as you read, you find out that Milo is dealing with another problem - something much more serious, something everyone is trying to ignore. I can't really say more without it being a spoiler, so I'll stop there. I can tell you that it does have a lot of funny moments and there are also some sad scenes, but it is worth reading to the end so you can see how Milo works everything out.
If you like books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Dear Dumb Diary, or Dork Diaries - this book is written in a similar style. For more info visit the author's website or watch the trailer. We have a copy of this book in the library.