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What Is A Caterpillar Afraid Of?

A dog-erpiller. 

(I’ll wait while you control your laughter.)

 April is National Humor Month, a month long celebration of laughter. Since I spend a lot of my time laughing or trying to get other people to laugh, I appreciate the therapeutic quality of laughter. Also, I think National Humor Month is way more amusing than say, National Soy Foods Month or IBS Month. (I said amusing, not informative.)

 In honor of people’s funny bones everywhere here is a list of humorous (dark and otherwise) titles for teens: 

Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle, Winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award      

16 year old Steven Denarski is neat, likes square-dancing, hates sports  and has stashed a copy of Male Undergear catalog under his mattress. But he is Absolutely, Positively Not gay.

First French Kiss and Other Traumasby Adam Bagdasarian

Beaten up, kissed by a popular girl, and with plans to win the Noble Prize,  Bagdasarian’s wry humor and short vignettes capture the trauma and humor of getting through childhood. 

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot 

After saving the President  from an assassination attempt, sophomore Samantha because a national hero and catches the eye of the First Son. Obstacles abound as Samantha tries to navigate through social and romantic waters.

A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman

A vengeful ghost in the form of a Norwegian exchange student curse a trio of Mean Girls with incontinence, wrinkles and other signs of aging. A spoof of stereotypical teen scream books, this over-the-top satire has serious bite.

I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president by Josh Lieb

Oliver Watson is over-weight and most people think he is slow-witted. However, he is the third richest person in the word. Jon Stewart, Lieb’s former co-worker at the Daily Show, said about Lieb’s first effort: “If War and Peace had a baby with The Breakfast Club and then left the baby to be raised by wolves, this book would be the result. I loved it.”

 

Other titles to make the funny list:

-suzy, knoxville

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