Steve Cotler (Random House 2011)(ages 8-12). Eleven-year-old Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is on the cusp of graduation from fifth grade. But to get there -- and survive -- he has to navigate an evil older sister, an idiosyncratic family, a best friend who's hatching a scheme to unleash mice on the school, a graduation party, and mysterious artifacts found in his best friend's basement.
CHEESIE MACK is an enormously fun read: Cheesie is witty and his conversational voice and relationships ring true to middle school and all that that entails. Altogether, a fine novel of family, friendship and fifth grade angst and adventure.
First in a series.