2nd through 6th grade
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde – J Van
A dog chases a squirrel into an elementary school one night, creating monumental chaos.
Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel – J Bru
In a series of comic misadventures, the ornery but lovable Bad Kitty gets a bath, has a wild party, and gives poor Uncle Murray a run for his money while petsitting.
The BFG by Roald Dahl – J Dah
When she is kidsnatched from her orphange by a Big Friendly Giant, Sophie and the BFG make a plan to save the world from other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce – J Pei
Middle schooler Nate Wright makes getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey – Series Cap
Through the power of hypnosis, George and Harold accidentally turn their principal, Mr. Krupp, into the wacky, underwear-clad superhero Captain Underpants.
Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka – J Guy
Funny stories featuring a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell – J Cow
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park – Series Jun
Junie B. Jones, an outgoing kindergartener-turned-first-grader, tells it like it is at home with Mother, Daddy, and baby brother Ollie and at school with her friends.
Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception by Gary Paulsen – J Pau
Kevin is very good at lying and it makes life easier, but when he gets in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.
Loser by Jerry Spinelli – J Spi
Even though his classmates have always considered him strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about himself.
Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka – J-B Scieszka
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, comic books, lazy summers at the lake, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.
Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo – J DiC
Mercy Watson is an exuberant pig who enjoys many adventures, from trick-or-treating to fighting crime.
Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater – J Pin
Nick and Maxine have an eccentric new babysitter who lives in the funny little house behind their apartment building with her feline butler and three myopic mice.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald – J Mac
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
My Weird School series by Dan Gutman – Series MyW
Ella Mentry Elementary School is one weird place, full of wacky teachers like the crazy Miss Daisy and the loopy Mrs. Roopy. Are these oddballs really teachers at all?
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley – J Buc
While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume – J Blu
Living with his little brother makes Peter feel like a fourth-grade-nothing. Fudge is a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had enough.
The Witches by Roald Dahl – J Dah
A courageous young boy struggles to save the children of Britain from the nasty schemes of the Grand High Witch of the World.
6th through 9th grade
Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe – T How
On his sixteenth birthday, David Schumacher changes his name to Blue Avenger and things start to happen. Within twenty-four hours, David becomes a national hero, starts dating an extraordinary girl, and bakes an imperfect pie. And that's not all. A tiny bug is injured by a lawn mower, some killer bees make their home at San Pablo High School, and there is some activity in the earth's crust.
As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins – T Per
A teenage boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.
Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis – YA Cur
Deeply involved in his manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Lamb – T Lam
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.
Holes by Louis Sachar – T Sac
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.
How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen – T-B Paulsen
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb – T Lie
In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he's extremely stupid and lazy, but he's actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith – T Smi
Honoria, Shohei, and Elias, who are "united together against That Which Is The Peshtigo School," face conflict over their budding romantic interest and a science project gone awry.
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman – T Kor
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – T Cab
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck – T Pec
In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean, old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."
Thwonk by Joan Bauer – T Bau
A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.
You are so NOT invited to my Bat Mitzvah! by Fiona Rosenbloom – T Ros
As her bat mitzvah approaches, Stacy Adelaide Friedman of White Plains, New York, has a lot on her mind: her parents have separated, her mother dresses her like an American Girl doll, her younger brother is embarrassing, and she is totally in love with Andy Goldfarb.