First of the series by Jimmy Gownley. New York, NY: Atheneum, 2002
This book is great fun, brilliantly executes visual storytelling, and has wonderful wordplay. The endearing but flawed and snarky characters face all sorts of growing up issues such as divorce, friendships and rivalries, parent in the military and leaving for active duty, and more.
Awards include: four Eisner Nominations in 2008 (including "Best Title for a Younger Audience"), and three Harvey Award nominations in 2009.