Humorous Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Angleberger, Tom.  Fake Mustache: or how Jodie O’Rodeo and her Wonder Horse (and some nerdy guy) saved the U.S. presidential election from a mad genius criminal mastermind.  J FIC Angleberger (look for more by this author!)
Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend, Casper, and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.

Avi.  Romeo and Juliet–Together (and alive!) at Last.  J FIC Avi 
The eighth grade’s plan to get two reluctant “lovers” together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare’s play has some very unexpected results.

Baker, Kimberly.  Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School.  J FIC Baker
Using a bogus name, the League of Pickle Makers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school’s PTA

Balaban, Bob.  The Creature From the 7th Grade: Boy or Beast?.  J FIC Balaban
When nerdy 12-year-old Charlie Drinkwater spontaneously morphs into a giant sea creature, the big question is: could this be his ticket to popularity at last?

Bancks, Tristan.  My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up.  JPB B
A young boy presents a collection of humorous stories based on his real life and imagined events that have to do with kissing a dog, competitive hot dog eating, and a job delivering teeth.

Barnett, Mac & John, Jory.  The Terrible Two.  J FIC Barnett
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

Baron, Jeff.  I Represent Sean Rosen.  J FIC Baron
With the help of his “manager,” a thirteen-year-old boy sells a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio.

Barry, Dave.  The Worst Class Trip Ever.  J FIC Barry
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.

Beck, W.H.  Malcolm At Midnight.  J FIC Beck
Malcolm, a smaller than average rat, loves life at McKenna School and the secret society of classroom pets that keep children out of trouble, but when Aggy the iguana disappears Malcolm must use all of his ratty persistence to prove his innocence and save her.

Blume, Judy.  Fudge-a-Mania.  J FIC Blume/ J PB B
Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his younger brother Fudge.

Brown, Jennifer.  How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me From Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel.  J FIC Brown
Luke Abbott’s school is the losing-est school in the history of losing. And that’s just fine for him. He’d rather be at home playing video games and avoiding his older brother Rob and the Greatest Betrayal of All Time. But now he’s being forced to join the robotics team, where surely he’ll help uphold the school’s losing streak.

Bunting, Eve.  Nasty Stinky Sneakers.  J FIC Bunting
Will ten-year-old Colin find his missing stinky sneakers in time to enter The Stinkiest Sneakers in the World contest?

Cottrell-Boyce, Frank.  The Astounding Broccoli Boy J FIC Cottrell-Boyce
Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything, but when he inexplicably turns green and finds himself in an experimental hospital ward with his nemesis, school bully Tommy-Lee “Grim” Komissky, everyone is baffled but Rory believes he and Grim have become superheroes.

Coville, Bruce.  The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie.  J FIC Coville
Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

Dahl, Roald.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  J FIC Dahl/ J PB D
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

Doan, Lisa.  Jack the Castaway.  J FIC Doan
Upon the death of his Aunt Julia, twelve-year-old Jack is whisked by his scheming and dreaming parents from Pennsylvania to a small Caribbean island, Compano, and soon finds himself alone on a deserted island.

Eaton, Jason.  The Facttracker.  J Fic Eaton
When a town whose economy is based on selling facts is taken over by the Facttracker’s twin, Ersatz, quickly-spreading lies begin changing the world, and a “just small enough boy” must reach the seed of truth before the changes become permanent.

Foley, Lizzie K.  Remarkable: A Novel.  J FIC Foley
Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of “remarkable” adventures. A debut novel.

Gaiman, Neil.  Fortunately, the Milk.  J FIC Gaiman
While picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Gardiner, John Reynolds.  Top Secret.   J FIC Gardiner
Despite the disapproval of his parents and his formidable science teacher, nine-year-old Allen determines to do his science project on human photosynthesis.

Gephart, Donna.  Death by Toilet Paper.  J FIC Gephart
Aspiring to win a cash prize that will help his family avoid eviction after his father passes away, seventh-grader Benjamin Epstein uses his flair for clever slogans to participate in a contest being run by a bathroom tissue company.

Gosselink, John.  The Denfense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter.  J FIC Gosselink
Twelve-year-old Thaddeus A. Ledbetter, who considers it a duty to share his knowledge and talent with others, refutes each of the charges which have sent him to “In-School-Suspension” for the remainder of the seventh grade.

Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.  J FIC Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape

Graff, Lisa.  Double Dog Dare.  J FIC Graff
When Kansas Bloom moves to California and joins the Media Club at school, he soon finds himself trying to outdo one of the other fourth-grade students in a “dare war” while vying for the job of on-air video homeroom announcer.

Greenwald, Sheila.  The Mariah Delany Lending Library Disaster.  J FIC Greenwald
An eleven-year-old girl sets up her own lending library in competition with the New York Public Library and finds herself involved in more than she bargained for.

Griffin, N.  Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11.  J FIC Griffin
When Room Eleven’s beloved pet hamster, Patches, goes missing, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, launch an investigation to bring the thief to justice–but they discover that there may be more than one secret to be uncovered.

Griffiths, Andy.  The 13-Story Treehouse.  J FIC Griffiths
Follows the efforts of Andy and Terry to meet a latest book deadline despite numerous distractions in their sophisticated tree house home, including flying cats, giant bananas, and sea monsters pretending to be mermaids.

Harley, Bill.  Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year.  J FIC Harley  (SERIES)
Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.SEQUELCharlie Bumpers vs. The Really Nice Gnome (2014).

Healy, Christopher.  The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  J FIC Healy  (League of Princes SERIES)
The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdomSEQUELS: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle (2013) & The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (2014).

Holm, Jennifer L.  The Fourteenth Goldfish.  J FIC Holm
Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Jensen, Marion.  Almost Super.  J FIC Jensen
Two brothers in a family of superheroes are forced to reexamine everything they knew about being super when the powers they receive are total duds and their enemy is revealed to be just like they are.

Korman, Gordon.  Slacker.  J FIC Korman
When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming–but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.

Korman, Gordon.  Ungifted.  J FIC Korman
Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school

Laster, Eric.  The Adventures of Erasmus Twiddle: Grmkville’s Famous & Talented Not-Detective.  J FIC Laster.
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.

Lay, Kathryn.  Crown Me!  J FIC Lay.
As part of an experiment in a social studies class, fifth graders Justin Davies and Andrea Carey are declared king and queen for two weeks, but they soon learn that royal life is a royal pain as their classmates revolt.

Lee, Jenny.  Elvis and the Underdogs.  J FIC Lee  (SERIES)
All his life Benji, now ten, has been sickly and he has long been targeted by the school bully, but after a seizure Benji gets a therapy dog that is not only big enough to protect him, it can also talk.  SEQUEL: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service (2014). 

Levy, Elizabeth.  My Life As a Fifth-Grade Comedian.  J PB L
Although Bobby’s father thinks that he might be expelled just like his older brother, with the encouragement of a new fifth-grade teacher, Bobby tries to channel his penchant for humor into a learning experience.

Moss, Marissa.  Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th Grade Vampire.  J FIC Moss
Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you’re a vampire, it’s even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  The Boys Start the War.  J FIC Naylor // JPB N // LT J FIC Naylor
The Hatford boys best friends and next door neighbors move away. The Meloy girls move in. The Hatford boys plan a lot of pranks on the Meloy girls and the girls get even! These kids funny pranks will make you with that you had thought of them yourself!

Park, Barbara.  Skinnybones.  J PB P (SERIES)
Alex’s active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world. SEQUELAlmost Starring Skinnybones.

Patterson, James & Grabenstein, Chris.  House of Robots.  J FIC Patterson
Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic ‘brother,’ to school with him to learn to become a student.

Pitchford, Dean.  Big One-Oh.  J FIC Pitchford
Determined not to be weird all his life, Charley decides to throw himself a tenth birthday party, complete with a “house of horrors” theme, but first he will have to make some friends to invite.

Primavera, Elise.  Ms. Rapscott’s Girls.  J FIC Primavera
At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork.

Rockwell, Thomas.  How to Eat Fried Worms.  JPB R
Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

Rodgers, Mary.  Freaky Friday.  J FIC Rodgers // JPB R
A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother’s body.

Rodkey, Geoff.  The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other).  J FIC Rodkey
An oral history that reports, through transcribed recordings, text messages, photographs, illustrations, screenshots, and more, an epic prank war between twelve-year-old twins Reese and Claudia Tapper of New York City.

Rosenberg, Madelyn.  Nanny X.  J FIC Rosenberg
Ten-year-old Alison and eight-year-old Jake discover that their nanny is working undercover to catch criminals.

Sant, Thomas.  The Amazing Adventures of Albert and His Flying Machine.  J FIC Sant
When twelve-year-old Albert inherits a thousand dollars from an uncle, he decides that what he needs most is a zephyrcar–a flying machine that skims over the ground–to help him deliver papers on his morning route.

Schmidt, Annie M. G.  The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof.  J FIC Schmidt
Minou, formerly a cat but now a woman with many cattish ways, helps Tibbs, a newspaper reporter, with information she gets from her many feline friends. 

Scieszka, Jon.  Frank Einstein & The Antimatter Motor.  J FIC Scieszka
In his Grandpa Al’s garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

Serwacki, Kevin & Pallace, Chris.  Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas Get Mooned.  J FIC Serwacki
Best friends and ninjas-in-training Joey and Johnny are sent on a special mission to investigate their rival ninja school’s use of advanced technological weapons.

Sharpe, Luke.  Billy Sure: Kid Entrepreneur.  J FIC Sharpe
Billy Sure, twelve-year-old genius inventor and CEO of Sure Things, Inc., hosts a contest for fellow kid innovators to share their own inventions, but he has a difficult time choosing a winner while helping other kids achieve their dreams.

Snicket, Lemony.  Who Could That Be At This Hour?  J FIC Snicket
Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain’d By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

Stiefvater, Maggie.  Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures.  J FIC Stiefvater
Possessing an ability to talk with magical creatures (such as griffins, unicorns and fuzzles), Pip uses her talent to update a magic reference book and investigate a fuzzles invasion in spite of her friend Tomas’ allergies.

Vernon, Ursula.  Castle Hangnail.  J FIC Vernon
When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.

Whittemore, Jo.  Colonial Madness.  J FIC Whittemore
Tori and her mother jump at the opportunity to inherit great-aunt Muriel’s colonial manor by living without modern conveniences for two weeks, but Tori finds herself distracted by Caleb, a cute boy on staff.

Ziegler, Jennifer.  Revenge of the Flower Girls.  J FIC Ziegler
When their usual summer plans are upended by their big sister’s wedding, triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney struggle with their dislike for the groom-to-be, a sentiment that compels them to reunite their sister with her fun-loving ex.

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