Stories for Laughing Out Loud
... for grades 5 and 6

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 and Vail, Rachel. Never Mind!: A Twin Novel. 2004.
J Fiction AVI
Meg wants to be popular but her twin brother, Edward, is busy scheming and when their two plans collide, lots of laughter results.
Birdseye, Tom. Attack of the Mutant Underwear. 2003.
J Fiction BIR
Fifth-grader Cody Carson thinks he left his embarrassing past behind him when he moves to a new town, but it is only a matter of time before his humiliation starts again.
Elliott, David. Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle. 2001. *
J Fiction ELL
Ten-year-old Roscoe suddenly finds himself turning into a giant bug after constantly eating at a fast food restaurant called Gussy's.
Ericson, Helen. Harriet Spies Again. 2002. *
J Fiction ERI
In the companion to Harriet the Spy, Harriet reunites with her former nurse, Ole Golly, and continues to use her spying talents to sneak around the neighborhood.
Evans, Douglas. Apple Island or The Truth About Teachers. 1998.
J Fiction EVA
When Bradley and his classmates visit Apple Island, they discover a group of evil teachers plotting to take over all of the schools in the United States.
Gantos, Jack. Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade. 1999.
J Fiction GAN
Jack and his sister move to Miami, where he finds he's attracted to things which are disgusting, gross, and weird.
Gauthier, Gail. Club Earth. 1999.
J Fiction GAU
Robby and Will begin to really have problems when visitors from another dimension decide to turn their home into a vacation resort.
 Gauthier, Gail. A Year with Butch and Spike. 1998.
J Fiction GAU
Honor roll student Jasper falls under the spell of two troublemaking cousins and ends up in the middle of their chaos.
Gilson, Jamie. Wagon Train 911. 1996. *
J Fiction GIL
When two awkward sixth graders are paired together for a recreated trek to Oregon, their antics provide laughter for the entire class.
Haddad, Charles. Captain Tweakerbeak's Revenge: A Calliope Day Adventure. 2001.
J Fiction HAD
Calliope Day convinces one of her best friends to help her prank the class by bringing Captain Tweakerbeak, a sassy parrot, to school.
Jacobsson, Anders. In Ned's Head. 2001.
J Fiction JAC
While dealing with bullies, embarrassing parents, and failed ploys to win Nadia's affection, Ned keeps a diary to track his funny experiences.
Laster, Eric. The Adventures of Erasmus Twiddle. 2001.
J Fiction LAS
In the small town of Grmkville, young "not-detective" Erasmus Twiddle solves the Case of the Missing Rubber Chicken, the Case of the Soggy Dumpling, and other mysteries.
Maguire, Gregory. Seven Spiders Spinning. 1994.
J Fiction MAG
When seven prehistoric spiders trapped in ice begin to defrost, they become players in the classroom rivalries and soap operas of a rural town in Vermont.
Morgenstern, Susie. A Book of Coupons. 2001.
J Fiction MOR
A new eighth grade teacher gives out coupons to students allowing them a pass to do things like dance in class or sleep late. These ideas are definitely going to get their teacher in trouble with the principal who is a very strict.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Boys Start the War. 1993.
J Fiction NAY
When a family of three girls moves into the house across the river, the Hartford brothers decide to start a war of practical jokes, not realizing that the girls can give as good as they get.
Ogden, Charles. Rare Beasts. 2003.
J Fiction OGD
After their parents disappear, evil twins Edgar and Ellen are left to their own devices, coming up with horrible get-rich-quick schemes.
Paulsen, Gary. The Schernoff Discoveries. 1997.
J Fiction PAU
The narrator and his best friend, Harold Schernoff, are 14-year-old social outcasts whose experiences with girls and bullies will leave you laughing.
Pullman, Philip. I Was a Rat!. 2000. *
J Fiction PUL
A boy shows up at a couple's house in London and creates a great deal of trouble when he insists he's a rat.
Singer, Marilyn. The Circus Lunicus. 2000.
J Fiction SIN
Solly is told not to go to the Circus Lunicus but when he is given an inflatable lizard that becomes his fairy godmother, nothing will be the same.
Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events (series). *
J Fiction SNI
Follow the adventures of the Beaudelaire orphans as they solve the mystery behind their parents' deaths while trying to escape the clutches of the evil Count Olaf.
Strasser, Todd. Help! I'm Trapped in a Professional Wrestler's Body. 2000.
J Paperback S
Jake really wants to know what it would be like to be a professional wrestler. So, although he said he'd never use the body-switching machine again, he does and gets turned into Bruce "The Brainiac" Bloom.
Venokur, Ross. The Autobiography of Meatball Finkelstein. 2001.
J Fiction VEN
Thirteen-year-old Meatball discovers that eating meatballs gives him the magic power of being able to turn into anything he wants.