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Recommended Reading for Humorous Fiction

A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleishman
The snobbiest, most selfishly self-centered and downright nastiest girls of Cliffside High School’s clique of the rich and beautiful, the Huns, get their just desserts in this hilarious horror spoof.

Oy, Joy! by Lucy Frank
Joy, a new freshman, has got her hands full between finding a boyfriend with the school Match Quiz; giving up her room to her kind-hearted but meddling Uncle Max; sharing a room with her 11-year-old brother, his drum set and pet mice; and trying to figure out what happened to her best friend who has decided to be just like her boyfriend by wearing a rumpled raincoat and shaving her head.

How I Survived My Summer Vacation and Lived to Write the Story
by Robin Friedman
13-year-old Jackie Monterey thinks that he has his life and the people in it all figured out.  With big plans to write the great American novel during summer vacation, he learns about being flexible and open-minded, and he finally gets a sense of humor.

The Cannibals by Cynthia D. Grant
In her journal the relentlessly superficial Tiffany, head of the cheerleading group called the Cannibals, describes the excitement and turmoil of her senior year in high school.

Cecil in Space by Sid Hite
Seventeen-year-old Cecil tries to help his best friend Isaac, who is under suspicion of having vandalized the welcome sign at the edge of their small Virginia town, and pursues his interest in Isaac’s sister Isabel.

Lily B. on the Brink of Cool by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Lily attempts to turn around the most boring summer ever.  She records everything in her journal and discovers that things are not always what they seem.  Also read the sequels: Lily B. on the Brink of Love and Lily B. on the Brink of Paris.

Losing Joe’s Place by Gordon Korman
Imagine three 15-year-olds renting an older brother’s apartment in the city for the summer.  Combine that with a mammoth drop-in friend who will take on all-star wrestlers for money; a crabby, nosy landlord who runs the deli downstairs; and girls.  Mix it all together, and you get one crazy, hysterically funny story!

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Wallace, while spending his detention from the football team at rehearsals for the school play, ends up changing the entire play to include rollerblading, rock and roll and a completely different ending in a hilarious turn of events!

Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Lim
15-year-old Jess, living with her Mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.  Also check out the sequels: Girl, (nearly) 16, Absolute Torture and Girl, Going on 17, Pants on Fire

Bras & Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
What if all your wishes could come true?  Drink a fizzy potion and “poof!” life is perfect.  That’s Rachel’s situation, except that she isn’t the one with magic powers.  Rachel discovers that her little sister is a witch and she hopes to persuade her to use her magic to help her win back her best friend, stop her dad’s wedding, and get a date to the Spring Fling.  Sequel: Frogs & French Kisses

The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck
“If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it,” says 15-year-old Russell Culver.  In rural Indiana in 1904, Russell’s dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over as teacher at his one-room schoolhouse.

All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison
A self-absorbed high school cheerleader faces the dilemma of running for student council to beef up her college application while trying to find a last minute date for the prom.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Read the humorous journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, a British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of a handsome hunk named Robbie.  If you like this book, you’ll enjoy the whole series of hilarious diaries recording Georgia’s life!

Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott
Paul has always adored Christmas – that is, until a mall Santa steals his girlfriend, his father is nearly electrocuted by a Christmas light dislay that burns down much of their house, and his mother loses her job.  He joins forces with an anti-Christmas group of misfits and plots to take revenge on the holiday.

My Cup Runneth Over by Cherry Whytock
Believing that she is too big, Angel tries dieting and kick-boxing to lose weight, but thanks to her friends and the school fashion show, she discovers that her size is just right.  Includes recipes.  Sequel: My Scrumptious Scottish Dumplings

A Mother to Embarrass Me by Carol Lynch Williams
Now that Laura is a teenager, she realizes that everything her mother does is totally embarrassing – like the way she yodels at the top of her lungs (she calls it singing), plays really old music so loud that the neighbors can hear, and walks around in clay-covered pajamas (she is a sculptor, but still…).  And now that her mother is pregnant, Laura is sure to be even more embarrassed!