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Bite the Bagel

Part of Alley & Rex
Illustrated by Nicole Miles

About The Book

Loveable prankster Alley and bunny-suited brainiac Rex team up again, this time to help each other survive PE and save breakfast, one mutant bagel at a time in this hilarious story that’s perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Wayside School!

Rex can rock a bunny suit like no one else. But his PE teacher insists that all students must wear gym clothes—or face a punishment worse than dodgeball. Alley vows to help his pal Rex. And to save the free breakfast cart that was closed due to budget cuts. Everyone knows that kids can’t learn on empty stomachs!

From a heist in the principal’s office to a bake sale featuring mutant bagels, Alley tries everything he can to bring back the food cart. And Rex tries everything he can to turn Alley’s bad choices into good solutions. They will stop at nothing in their quests for justice!

About The Author

Photograph by Ben Naftali

Joel Ross is the author of The Fog Diver, Beast & Crown, and Alley & Rex series. He’s never worn a school uniform, but he did try a spoonful of calves’ foot jelly once. The taste lingers. Visit him at

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Daniel Hamilton

Nicole Miles was born in the United States but grew up in the Bahamas where all schools have uniforms but nobody eats calves’ foot jelly (as far as she is aware). She feels this is a fair compromise. She now lives in the United Kingdom, and her tiny place on the internet is

Why We Love It

“Alley & Rex has all my favorite things in one book: it’s a wonderful blend of funny, smart, and charming. From the Jeeves and Wooster-inspired Odd Couple friendship to the fact that the book centers a Jewish kid without making the story about him being Jewish, this is a delight.”

—Reka S., Editorial Director, on Allie & Rex: Bite the Bagel

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2022)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534495494
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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