Stories for Laughing Out Loud
... for grades 7 and 8
Click a title to check the Skokie Public Library catalog for the status of the book in the Youth Services collection. Titles marked with * are also available on audio.
- Avi. Romeo and Juliet – Together (and Alive!) at Last. 1987. *
J Fiction AVI
- Ed convinces his eighth grade class to produce a version of Romeo and Juliet with the intentions of creating romance for his best friend and his best friend's secret love, Anabell.
- Bauer, Joan. Squashed. 1992. *
Jr. High Fiction BAU
- As a sixteen-year-old pursues her two goals -- growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself -- she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.
- Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries (series). *
Jr. High Fiction CAB
- This humorous series follows Mia Thermopolis as she finds out she is Princess of Genovia and must balance her royal role with her everyday life in New York City.
- Clark, Catherine. Frozen Rodeo. 2003.
Jr. High Fiction CLA
- Peggy Fleming Farrell spends her summer trying to deal with a father who thinks he can make an ice skating comeback, her love of the newest IHOP waiter, and a crazy job at the Gas 'n Git.
- Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. 1994. *
J Fiction CUS
- Catherine, called Birdy, is keeping a journal of her life in England in the late 1200's as she tries to escape the men her father, a country knight, wants her to marry.
- Dodd, Quentin. Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars. 2001.
Jr. High Fiction DOD
- For Walter and Yselle, science fiction comes to life when they are recruited to fight against the evil Space Mice and their boss, Doctoral Candidate X.
- Eberhardt, Thom. Rat Boys: A Dating Experience. 2001.
Jr. High Fiction EBE
- Two girls use a magic ring to turn rats into boys so that they can have dates for the Spring Fling.
- Frank, Lucy. Just Ask Iris. 2001.
Jr. High Fiction FRA
- Twelve-year-old Iris becomes involved in the lives of her neighbors, whom she meets as she travels up and down the fire escape of her apartment building.
- Gantos, Jack. Jack's Black Book. 1997.
Jr. High Fiction GAN
- Jack details his hilarious adventures as a seventh grader, from digging up his dead dog twice to flunking his IQ test.
- Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. 2002. *
Jr. High Fiction HIA
- When developers try to destroy the local owls' habitat, Roy and a mysterious boy resort to pranks to stop them.
- Korman, Gordan. No More Dead Dogs. 2000. *
J Fiction KOR
- After eighth grade football hero Wallace Wallace expresses his true feelings about his English novel, he is given a detention which leads to him directing the school play.
- Korman, Gordan. Son of the Mob. 2002. *
Jr. High Fiction KOR
- Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
- Paulsen, Gary. Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered. 1993.
Jr. High Fiction PAU
- An 11-year-old city boy is introduced to a whole new world when he must move from the city to the farm where his cousin Harris lives.
- Paulsen, Gary. How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme
Jr. High Fiction PAU
- Gary Paulsen shares antics from when he was 13 years old, from skiing behind a car to trying to ride down a waterfall in a barrel.
- Peck, Richard. Fair Weather: A Novel. 2001. *
J Fiction PEC
- Lottie, Rosie, and their younger brother, Buster, along with their eccentric grandfather, experience quite an adventure when they head to Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair.
- Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. 2001.
Jr. High Fiction PRA
- In this Carnegie Award-winning novel, the Amazing Maurice, a streetwise cat, tricks towns into believing he can rid them of their rats, not knowing the rats are actually his partners in crime.
- Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Jr. High Fiction REN
- The first journal in a series, 14-year-old Georgia's entries will leave you laughing about her crazy family, her wild cat, Angus, and her many attempts to win the heart of Robbie, the Sex God.
- Strasser, Todd. How I Created My Perfect Prom Date. 1996.
Jr. High Fiction STR
- Nicole plans to shape her friend Chase into the perfect prom date after she's jilted by dream date Brad.
- Tashjian, Janet. The Gospel According to Larry. 2001. *
Jr. High Fiction TAS
- Josh Swenson starts a website under the guise of Larry, where he posts his rants about culture and celebrities until he becomes a celebrity himself.
- Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites. 2002.
Jr. High Fiction TOL
- Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where life is always crazy and he must try to fit in.