Comic Relief for Grades 6-8

Humorous stories from the Junior High Collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Guys Guys Read: Funny Business    (A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.)
Burch The Manny Files     (A shy young boy learns how to be more outgoing and self-confident from his male nanny.)
Cabot The Princess Diaries    (Mia is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.)
Curtis Bucking the Sarge     (Despite his mother's shady business dealings, Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men.)
Dumas It Ain't So Awful, Falafel    (Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.)
Gantos Dead End in Norvelt    (Jack is grounded until he must help an elderly neighbor with a chore involving the newly dead, underage driving, lessons from history, and countless bloody noses.)
Hiaasen Hoot     (Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, helps save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.)
Juby Getting the Girl : A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery     (Sherman investigates the "Defilers," a secret group at his high school that marks certain female students as pariahs.)
Korman Ungifted    (Troublemaker Donovan is accidentally sent to a special school for gifted students after pulling a major prank at middle school.)
Landy Skulduggery Pleasant     (When Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join Skulduggery Pleasant to save the world from the Faceless Ones.)
Larbalestier How to Ditch Your Fairy     (In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, Charlie decides she does not want her parking fairy.)
LaRochelle Absolutely, Positively Not     (Chronicles a teenage boy's humorous attempts to fit in at his high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, "Playboy" pinup-displaying heterosexual.)
Nelson Gender Blender     (When students in health class are assigned girl/boy partners to discuss gender issues, no one could imagine that two students would actually switch bodies.)
Peck The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts    (Russell's dreams of quitting school are disrupted when his older sister takes over at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies.")
Pinkwater The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death    (Walter and Winston try to rescue the inventor of the Alligatron, a computer developed from an avocado which is the world's last defense against the space-realtors.)
Rennison Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson    (The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.)
Rylander The Fourth Stall    (Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business protecting schoolmates from bullies, with amazing challenges and results.)
Sachar Holes    (Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.)
Sanderson Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians     (After Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, he must save civilization.)
Shusterman The Schwa Was Here     (Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.)
Smale Geek Girl    (When she is accidentally discovered by a modeling agent, Harriet jumps at the chance to transform herself from a geek to a fashion model.)
Zinn Poison    (When Kyra, a potions master, fails to save her kingdom by murdering the princess, she becomes a fugitive, pursued by the King's army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.)

Last Updated: 8/16

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