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Funny Books for Middle School and Teen Readers

Some of these young adult titles have great one-liners, some are filled with sarcasm, but some are just silly. Get ready to LOL!

Middle School

Cover of The Assassination of Brang
M.T.
Anderson
Eugene Yelchin
Candlewick Press
2018

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them and war for their nations.

Cover of Funny Girl
Betsy
Bird (editor)
Viking
2017

A collection of humorous stories from over two dozen contemporary female writers, as well as autobiographical essays, comics, poems, and comic strips.

Cover of Best Babysitters Ever (Boo
Caroline
Cala
Houghton Mifflin
2019

Mayhem ensues in their sleepy California beach town when three best friends, motivated by unlimited snacks, no parents, and earning money for an epic seventh-grade party, find an old copy of The Babysitters Club and decide to start their own babysitting business.

Cover of The Last Last-Day-Of-Summe
Lamar
Giles
Dapo Adeola
Versify
2019

When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected.

Cover of The Unteachables
Gordon
Korman
Balzer + Bray
2019

The Unteachables never thought they'd find a teacher who had a worse attitude than they did. And Mr. Kermit never thought he would actually care about teaching again.Told in alternating voices, the teacher and students in room 117 find their lives changed over the course of a school year.

Cover of The Willoughbys Return
Lois
Lowry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2020

Thirty years after their disappearance, the previously frozen Willoughbys have thawed out and returned from the Alps, to the consternation of their children and grandchildren.

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Kwame
Mbalia
Disney-Hyperion
2019

Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. See if you can keep up with Gum Baby's sharp wit too! 

Cover of Dugout: The Zombie Steals
Scott
Morse
Graphix
2019

Twins Stacy and Gina Cavallaro are on rival little league teams, and when Gina accidentally unleashes a curse that wakes the dead, Stacy's misfit team gets coached by a baseball-playing zombie!

Cover of Master of Disaster
James Patterson and
Christopher Tebbetts
Jomike Tejido
Jimmy Patterson, Little, Brown and Company
2020

Rafe and Jimmy are in charge of a celebration of books and reading, but when a small issue becomes a big problem that threatens to derail the event, they must work fast to keep things on track.

Cover of We’re Not From Here
Geoff
Rodkey
Crown Books for Young Readers
2019

After a year on Mars, a young boy and his family migrate to the planet Choom, but the inhabitants of Choom, the Zhuri, who look like giant mosquitoes, don't really like humans and it’s up to the boy and his family to change their minds if they hope to survive.

Cover of Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps
Booki
Vivat
Harper
2017

Abbie Wu tackles more unbelievably unfair and calamitous middle-school days. From facing locker thieves and battling diabolical cats to having absolutely no idea what to build for her science project, Abbie Wu is still in perpetual crisis.

High School

Cover of Obviously: Stories From My
Akilah
Hughes
Razorbill
2019

Comedian and activist Akilah Hughes shares everything about her journey from a childhood in the south to the big screen while dispensing invaluable big-sister-style advice to a generation of future YouTubers.

Cover of Hocus Pocus & the All-New
A. W.
Jantha
Matt Griffin
Freeform Books
2018

This electrifying two-part novel offers a fresh retelling of the movie, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens who face the sinister Sanderson sisters.

Cover of Unscripted
Nicole
Kronzer
Amulet Books
2020

When seventeen-year-old Zelda is chosen for an elite team at a prestigious improvisation camp, it is a big step toward achieving her dreams, but first she must survive her teammates' sexism and coach's cruelty.

Cover of My Hero Academia: Smash!!
Hirofumi Neda and
Kōhei Horikoshi
John Hunt
VIZ Media
2019

The superpowered society of My Hero Academia takes a hilarious turn in this reimagining of the best-selling series! Join Midoriya, All Might and all the aspiring heroes of U.A. High, plus memorable villains, in an irreverent take on the main events of the series, complete with funny gags, ridiculous jokes and superpowered humor!

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Tomohito
Oda
VIZ Media
2019

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi would love to make friends, but her shyness is interpreted as reserve, and the other students keep her at a distance. Only timid Tadano realizes the truth, and despite his own desire to blend in, he decides to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends.

Cover of The Field Guide to the Nor
Ben
Philippe
Balzer + Bray
2018

When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as clichés from "a bad 90s teen movie.

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L. C.
Rosen
Little, Brown and Company
2020

At Camp Outland, a camp for LGBTQIA teens, sixteen-year-old Randall "Del" Kapplehoff's plan to have Hudson Aaronson-Lim fall in love with him succeeds, but both are hiding their true selves.

Cover of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
F. C.
Yee
Amulet Books
2017

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Check out the second book too! The Iron Will of Genie Lo

Cover of My Eyes Are Up Here
Laura
Zimmerman
Dutton Books
2020

Fifteen-year-old Greer Walsh struggles with the experience of having very large breasts and feeling isolated by the unwanted attention they garner until a group of friends and a romantic interest help her regain her sense of self.