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Adams, Douglas. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth, and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way through comic misadventures throughout the universe.

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me is Greg Gaines, a senior in high school, and who according to him looks “sort of like a pudding… extremely pale and somewhat overweight.” Greg’s secret to not making enemies among any of the many groups at his school is to not really belong to any but to gain access to every group. Of course no one can see you talking to anybody in another group, so he has to be pretty invisible, or as he says, “insanely low-profile.” Greg’s only friend is Earl who is filled with violent rage from his awful home life with whom he makes films like The Manchurian Cat-idate.  Greg's  life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia who loves his movies.

Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road.
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.

Bray, Libba.  Beauty Queens
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Clement-Moore, Rosemary. Texas Gothic
Seventeen-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt's farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bucking the Sarge
Deeply involved in his cold and 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.

Curtis, Christopher P. Bud, Not Buddy.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Erskine, Katheryn. The Absolute Value of Mike
Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

Herbach, Geoff.  Stupid Fast
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.

Ferris, Jean. Love Among the Walnuts
Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control.
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Hartinger, Brent. Project Sweet Life
When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.  Each scheme is more ridiculous than the last although they keep almost getting it.  Much of the action takes place in underground tunnels under the city of Tacoma.  They are convinced there is a fortuned buried somewhere there.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle.
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Keller, Beverly. The Amazon Papers.
Fifteen-year-old Iris gets into hilarious trouble when her mother goes on vacation and leaves her alone.

Klass, David.  Stuck on Earth
On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.

Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob.
Vince Luca, 17, doesn't want to have anything to do with his family's business, organized crime, but the business keeps inserting itself into his life. Like the time he took a date to the beach and when he went to get a blanket, he found Jimmy the Rat in the trunk. Or when playing football he makes one touchdown after the other because the opposing team is afraid to touch him. But Vince's live takes a complicated and hilarious turn when he falls in love with the daughter of the FBI agent who is investigating his father.

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Cleverly written, funny, book about a Jewish girl at an elite boarding school who, not being able to join the male secret society, gets revenge by secretly running it .

Lubar, David.  Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Paulsen, Gary. The Schernoff Discoveries.
Harold and his best friend, both hopeless geeks and societal misfits, try to survive unusual science experiments, the attacks of the football team, and other dangers of junior high school.

Payne, C.D. Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp.
The diaries of teenager Nick Twisp and his frustration at trying to get a girlfriend.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder.
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Rennison, Louise. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
The saga of fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson continues as she travels to Scotland on a nightmarish family vacation, confesses her anxiety over being the girlfriend of a sex god, and tests the limits of true friendship.

Rennison, Louise. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Fourteen-year-old Georgia continues her diary in which she records her misadventures trying to reclaim the attention of seventeen-year-old Robbie, while coping with her friends, family, and dog-like cat Angus at the same time.

Rosoff, Meg.  There is No Dog
When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.

Sachar, Louis. Holes.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, 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.

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.

Tan, Shaun. Tales from Outer Suburbia
Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.

Vizzini, Ned.  It's Kind of a Funny Story
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital. (SLJ gr. 9+)