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 Sports. 2003.
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. 1999. *
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.