Needing a good laugh? These books are beyond hilarious and guaranteed to hook the most reluctant reader. Did you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? These are as good or even better. As Steve, King of the Bench, would say, “No brag. It’s just a fact.”
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry (series)
The 8thgraders are going to Washington, DC. Wyatt and Matt have been warned to stay out of trouble or they will be going home. Before the plane lands, Matt has them in trouble. He steals something important from two guys on the plane and now they are being stalked. Matt is convinced there’s a plot to blow up the White House. Now Wyatt is stuck on the worst class trip ever.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (series)
Rafe hates school. To spice things up a little he decides to break every rule in the student handbook. It doesn’t stop him from being bullied by Miller the Killer, but at least he gets noticed by Jeanne Galletta, the prettiest girl in school. He’s not exactly helping himself pass 6thgrade, but he can draw like nobody’s business.
King of the Bench: No Fear by Steve Moore (series)
Steve has no athletic ability, but he decides to try out for his school’s baseball team to please his dad. He does well enough to make the team, but during tryouts another kid is beaned in the nose and rushed to the hospital. Now Steve has a fear of the ball. Coach benches him for the whole season, but during the championship game a series of events puts Steve at bat at a critical moment.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald (series)
This book is a conversation between Charlie Joe and you, the reader. His goal is to pass on to you all the strategies he has learned to get out of ever having to read. But now that he’s in middle school it’s getting harder and his friend Timmy is refusing to read the books for him anymore. The end of the year project is coming up and he needs help fast.
Liar, liar by Gary Paulsen (series)
Kevin is an expert at lying. Teachers love him because he lies so well. It’s ok to lie because lying either makes people happy or it helps them learn a lesson. Now he’s in 8th grade and a girl he’s never thought twice about suddenly has his attention. He will do whatever it takes, including lying, to make her see that he would be the perfect boyfriend.
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell (series)
Max is being bullied by “Thug” Thurston after he accidentally vomited on him in PE class. After school, at the start of a 3-day weekend, Thug locks Max in his locker. Everyone’s gone. No one knows he’s there. Amazingly Max gets out, but there are burglars in the school. They have found his dad’s rare comic book. Now his misadventure includes getting it back.
The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger (series)
Lyle’s parents manage the Qwikpick gas station and always work on Christmas Day. Marilla is a Jehovah’s Witness. Dave is Jewish. Christmas Day is boring. The first task of the newly formed Qwikpick Adventure Society is to plan an adventure for Christmas Day. Lyle never dreamed they would be breaking into the sewage plant to get a look at the famous poop fountain.
Marty Pants: Do Not Open! By Mark Parisi (series)
Marty Pants makes it clear that he’s an artist, like it or not. When his cat brings him a partially chewed note that says, “an alien is observing you,” his over-analyzing brain suspects Mr. McPhee when he sees the word “annihilate” on his computer. It’s up to Marty to expose his teacher and save Earth.
Geeked Out by Obert Skye (series)
Sarcasm in the extreme. Earth is in ruin after a movie sequel from a popular book series is so bad that fans take to the streets in a zombie-like protest. Supplies are in short demand, leading to a supply war at school. The geeks decide to play a prank on the jocks, who always win, but it backfires. While in hiding, the geeks are bitten by spiders that give them superpowers. Suddenly, everyone wants to be a geek.