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Laugh Out Loud Books
9th-12th Grades

Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Escaping Earth just before it is demolished to make way for a new galactic highway, reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent embarks on a series of off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, accompanied by a variety of unusual companions. This book and its several sequels are also collected in The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Fiction ADAMS

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Ahab

Daniel Defoe

Mistakenly attacking Charles Darwin's Beagle, the Pirate Captain, world's most inept scoundrel, joins forces with the fledgling young scientist to save his brother from the evil Bishop of Oxford and embarks on a quest to capture the Dastardly White Whale, hoping to gain the reward promised by Captain Ahab. Also includes The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists.

Fiction DEFOE

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Communists

Daniel Defoe

Mistaken for Karl Marx during a shopping expedition, the Pirate Captain sets out to discover if the controversial thinker has a beard that rivals his own, but when sinister forces try to frame Marx for a variety of crimes, the Captain and his crew become caught up in a series of adventures that bring them face to face with Friedrich Nietzsche and the scheming Richard Wagner.

Fiction DEFOE

Drawing a Blank

Daniel Ehrenhaft

Carlton Dunne IV, an outcast boarding school student with a secret identity as a graphic novelist, teams up with a beautiful Scottish girl who yearns to be an American police officer, to resolve an ancient feud and rescue Carlton's kidnapped father.

Fiction EHRENHAFT

The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

Jasper Fforde

Unconvinced that a former convict and millionaire philanthropist has been murdered by his suicide-victim ex-wife, detective inspector Jack Spratt and his assistant, Mary Mary, battle internal politics while uncovering a plot involving money laundering, bullion smuggling, and asylum-seeking titans. Sequel: The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime.

Fiction FFORDE

The Eyre Affair

Jasper Fforde

In a world where you can actually get lost (literally) in literature, Thursday Next, a notorious Special Operative in literary detection, races against time to stop the world's Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature, forcing her to dive into the pages of a novel to stop literary homicide, in a wildly imaginative, mesmerizing thriller. First in a series that also includes Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots, Something Rotten, and First Among Sequels.

Fiction FFORDE

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.

PBK/ FANTASY / G

An Abundance of Katherines

John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin Singleton, a washed-up child prodigy with a Judge-Judy obsessed best friend, embarks on a quest to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will impact all of his future relationships and change his life.

Fiction GREEN

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

Diana Wynne Jones

A unique guide to fantasy literature helps readers understand such subjects as virginity, why High Priests are always evil, how Dark Lords always have minions, and useful tips on what to do when captured by a Goblin.

Fiction JONES

Gil’s All Fright Diner

A. Lee Martinez

Hired by the owner of an all-night diner to eliminate the zombie problem that is costing her customers, werewolf Duke and vampire Earl tackle an even stickier adversary who is out to take over the diner, in an adventure involving an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and a pig-latin occultist.

Fiction MARTINEZ

Election

Tom Perrotta

The basis of a 1998 feature film, this dark, melodramatic comedy places a philandering high-school history teacher in the midst of a student-body election gone haywire.

Fiction PERROTTA

Discworld (series title)

Terry Pratchett

Taking place on Discworld, a planet the shape of a large disc that is supported by four elephants standing on the back of a giant tortoise, and featuring characters such as Captain Carrot, Granny Weatherwax, an orangutan librarian, and Death (and sometimes also the Death of Rats), the Discworld books are classics of both the fantasy and humor genres. Titles include The Fifth Elephant, Going Postal, Making Money, and many others.

Fiction PRATCHETT

Spud

John van de Ruit

In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrasingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.

Fiction VAN DE RUIT

To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump At Last

Connie Willis

Ned Henry goes back in time to 1889 to study the Coventry Cathedral for a wealthy American who wants to build an exact replica before it is destroyed. When one of his associates rescues a feline in distress, causing the timeline to be altered, Ned must race against time to restore history.

Fiction WILLIS

Spanking Shakespeare

Jake Wizner

Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare Shapiro, desperate for respect, admiration, and a girlfriend, begins writing what he hopes to be a prize-winning memoir, in which he chronicles every mortifying detail of his life.

Fiction WIZNER

Nonfiction

Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World

Collects humorous stories from the Weekly World News, including reports that scientists found garden gnomes on the moon, investigators discovered Lawrence Welk was murdered, and a man grew nose hair over six inches long.

Nonfiction 973.92 B

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead

Max Brooks

An illustrated, comprehensive guide to surviving an attack by hordes of the predatory undead explains zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective weaponry and defense strategies, how to outfit one's home for a long siege, and how to survive in any territory or terrain.

Nonfiction 818.602 B

Happy Birthday or Whatever: Track Suits, Kim Chee, and Other Family Disasters

Annie Choi

A collection of short autobiographical works by a Korean-American daughter of immigrant parents describes her fractious relationship with her demanding mother, her struggles with balancing the dynamics of two very different cultures, and her efforts to overcome financial hardships while pursuing an education.

Nonfiction 974.7 C

The Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have

Dennis DiClaudio

A hilarious gift book for the hypochondriac describes forty-five of the world's most painful, life-threatening, and disgusting diseases, documenting the symptoms, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of each.

Nonfiction 616.85 D

Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items From Around the World

Reproduces notes, signs, homework assignments, break-up letters, photographs, drawings, and other abandoned items ranging from heartbreaking to hilarious that offer a look into the everyday lives of ordinary people.

Nonfiction 081 F

Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States

Pete Jordan

A hilarious memoir of the author's cross-country, itinerant dishwashing odyssey describes his twelve-year quest to wash dishes in all fifty states, as he recorded his experiences in a 'zine featuring the underground cult hero "Dishwasher Pete."

Nonfiction 920.71 J

The Darwin Awards: Evolution In Action

Wendy Northcutt

A satirical "award" celebrating the worst examples of human intelligence features stories about the man who used a cigarette lighter to check his gas level, the terrorist who opened his own letter bomb, and other stories of human idiocy.

Nonfiction 081 N

Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture

Leslie Simon & Trevor Kelly

A handbook to the musical & cultural movement is a tribute to its fashions, ideologies, and art forms, from its origins (with such inspirations as Shakespeare and Holden Caulfield) to its representation in such films as Almost Famous and Garden State.

Nonfiction 306.10941 S

You Can Get Arrested For That: 2 Guys, 25 Dumb Laws, 1 Absurd American Crime Spree

Rich Smith

A humorous look at some of America's most bizarre and absurd laws follows the British author and a friend as they travel around the United States with the intent of breaking as many ridiculous laws as possible along the way: hunting whales in landlocked Utah, offering a cigarette to a monkey in New Jersey, and fishing while wearing pajamas in Chicago.

Nonfiction 349.73 S

Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood

Jennifer Traig

A woman who suffered from an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder in her childhood recounts how her drive for perfection and incessant hand-washing rituals compromised her daily life and strained her relationship with her parents.

Nonfiction 616.85227 T

To Air Is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s Greatest Air Guitarist

Björn Türoque

Describes how a journalist and guitarist was transformed into Björn Türoque (pronounced "Byorn To Rock"), the nation's second greatest air guitarist, detailing the international air guitar subculture and his determined quest to become the world’s ultimate air guitarist.

Nonfiction 787.78092 T

How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

Daniel H. Wilson

Presents a humorous guide to battling mutinous robots, including tips for deactivating rebel servant robots and escaping from a murderous "smart" house.

Nonfiction 818.607 W