...there is an author named Morris Gleitzman. My class was checking out his website the other day. His books are kind of morbidly funny.. crazy sense of humor and the kids love it. There are some chapter examples on his website. One of the books is about a frog and his family who keep getting squashed by cars on the freeway and his life long ambition for friendship between frogs an humans... as he drags the dried up bodies of his squashed relatives off the freeway... you get the idea. Here's the website. http://www.morrisgleitzman.com/ where you can get more information and several audio samples from several of his books
Also, the authors Jackie French and Emily Rhoda are very popular...
Thanks for sharing with us Amy.