Laugh Out Loud
Books for Older Readers
The Worst Night Ever by Dave Barry
Wyatt Palmer is just another undersized freshman hoping to fit in at high school, but when his best friend Matt Diaz's pet ferret ends up in the hands of the Bevins, the most popular boys at Coral Cove High, Wyatt and Matt try to get the animal back by attending a party for the cool clique and stumble onto the Bevin family's dark secret.
The Bolds by Julian Clary
Two hyenas from Africa find a pair of passports (memo: do not go swimming in a crocodile pool), and move to Teddington, England, where they live suburban lives, hold jobs, and raise their children to hide their tails and act human--the only trouble is old Mr. McNumpty, their nosy neighbor, who is hiding a secret of his own.
My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog by Tom Greenwald
Spending reclusive days doing the same three things for fun until his father lets him get a puppy, Jimmy begins to suspect his puppy has superpowers, including a potential for solving crimes and helping Jimmy make human friends.
Pete Milano’s Guide to Being a Movie Star by Tommy Greenwald
Pete Milano, class clown, is used to getting into trouble while amusing people, but now his tricks have gained him an audition for a movie that could lead to stardom--and the loss of his girlfriend and other friends.
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Levy
Summertime brings the Fletcher Family back to Rock Island where the good times never end, but this summer the boys' favorite lighthouse is all boarded up and with the help from their new neighbors, the Garcia girls, the boys are determined to find out what is really happening with their lighthouse and saving it, no matter what the cost.
Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson
Twelve-year-old Jacky "Ha-Ha" Hart is a class clown with a penchant for pranking--and when she's required to act in the school play to appease her frustrated teachers, she must conquer her stutter.
Claude in the Spotlight by Alex Smith
Claude the dog and his sidekick, a sock named Sir Bobblysock, join a dance act competing in a variety show for a delicious prize: unlimited cakes from Mr. Lovelybuns Bakery.
The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin
Socially awkward fifth-grade genius Nate Bannister recruits his classmate Delphine to help him reverse one of his many experiments (a dinosaur-sized, invisible cat) while foiling the schemes of the world's most dastardly organization, the Red Death Tea Society.