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Humorous Books 
for Teens

Adrian Mole Diaries, by Sue Townsend. (Adult & YA fiction collection)
The trials and tribulations of a young English boy as revealed through his hilarious diary entries.

The Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe. (YA collection)
The day David Schumacher turns 16, he decides to ease the pain of his father's death by legally changing his name to "Blue Avenger," after a comic book hero he created when he was 13. Armed with his new nom de plume, David hopes to abolish handguns, win the love of Omaha Nebraska Brown (the new girl at school), and create the first guaranteed weepless lemon meringue pie.

The Amazon Papers by Beverly Keller (YA paperback collection)
Iris’s life is transformed, not necessarily for the better, when she falls for a handsome, pizza-delivering, high school dropout named Foster Prizer.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. (YA collection)
14-year old Georgia Nicholson has a precocious 3-year-old sister who tends to leave wet nappies at the foot of her bed, an insane cat who is prone to leg-shredding "Call of the Wild" episodes, and embarrassing parents who make her want to escape to Stonehenge and dance with the Druids. Georgia records the momentous events of her life--and they are all momentous--in her diary, which serves as a truly hilarious account of what it means to be a modern girl on the cusp of womanhood.

Burger Wuss, by Matthew T. Anderson. (YA collection)
It looked to be a love story for the ages. They first met as she was handing over his order of a Big O sandwich, six-piece nuggets, small fries, and a medium chocolate shake. He had exact change. They spent a magical night together with a gang of young rebels, traipsing through town on a mission to correct grammatical errors in street signs and graffiti ("Drive Slowly"). But just when it seemed things couldn't be better, tragedy struck.

Cecil In Space, by Sid Hite. (YA collection)
At 17, Cecil feels stuck in Bricksburg, "this podunk I call home," where nothing ever happens; but by the end, at the pool party held by the richest, sexiest girl in town, he finds his love and so do all his friends.

David & Della, by Paul Zindel. (YA collection)
David Mahooley, a teenage playwright suffering from writer's block, finds himself drawn into the passionate world of a flamboyant, alcoholic young actress with a talent for lying.

Extreme Elvin, by Chris Lynch. (YA collection)
In his sequel to Slot Machine Elvin, with the help of his two best friends Frankie and Mike, prepares to conquer the hormone-drenched horrors of ninth grade. Almost immediately he finds himself dealing with a bad case of hemorrhoids ("No, it doesn't hurt much... run and find me a tree branch that's on fire and I'll show ya"), surviving a traumatizing trip to the Big & Tall men's store, and suffering a close encounter of the heartbreaking kind.

A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman (YA collection)
This story is an offbeat mix of horror story and satire. A beautiful exchange student is being harassed by a group of self-centered rich girls who want to teach her a lesson.

Flyers by Daniel Hayes (YA collection)
A funny and clever novel that involves 15-year-old Gabe, the movie he and his friends are making, and a series of odd events that change their lives.

How I Spent My Last Night on Earth, by Todd Strasser. (YA collection)
In this Time Zone High story, rumors spread that a giant asteroid is heading for Earth, and "Legs" Hanover finds romance with a handsome surfer classmate after being jilted by her boyfriend.

I Want to Buy a Vowel: A Novel of Illegal Alienation by John Welter (Adult fiction)
A humorous novel about an illegal alien who speaks only lines from TV commercials, two young sisters, and the teenage son of the local preacher, and how their lives intersect in their small Texas town.

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck (YA collection)
Seven stories are included in this book, each representing a different summer from 1929 to 1935 that Joey spent visiting in Illinois with his lying, cheating, conniving and thoroughly charming grandmother.

The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley (Adult fiction collection)
A gay teacher decides to help his roommate who is expecting a baby.

Schernoff Discoveries, by Gary Paulsen. (YA collection)
A humorous novel about the misadventures of 2 friends, both self-confessed geeks.

Simon Pure by Julian Thompson (YA collection)
Simon has some unusual but always hilarious adventures when he enters Riddle University.

Slot Machine, by Chris Lynch. (YA collection)
When overweight thirteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to camp at St. Paul's Seminary Retreat Center, he and his two best friends are forced to try out various sports in order to find out where they belong.

Squashed, by Joan Bauer. (YA collection)
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.

Sunshine Rider: The First Vegetarian Western by Ric L. Hardman (YA collection)
This humorous adventure story about 17-year-old Wylie Jackson, who becomes a vegetarian after he is instructed to shoot a calf while on a cattle drive.

Thwonk, by Joan Bauer. (YA collection)
A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.

Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman (Adult fiction collection)
A humorous, often poignant story of a young teacher in a New York high school.

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (Adult fiction collection)
An unusual, humorous novel about a pregnant teenager who finds herself stranded outside a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, and is adopted and helped by an unlikely group of local inhabitants.