Vampires? Shakespeare? Bras? Bombs?
Books to Make You LOL
Maryland State Library for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Library Development and Services
At the end of each description, it will say whether the book is for younger or older readers.
In Talking Books (RC) & Braille (BR)
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
It’s 1935. Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan moves to Alcatraz Island when his father takes a job at the maximum-security prison there. Moose struggles to make friends and cares for his older autistic sister while their mother applies for the girl's acceptance to a special school. For grades 6-9.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
A fourteen-year-old English schoolgirl records important events in her journal, describing life at school and at home with her toddler sister and troublemaking cat. Georgia and her boy-crazy girlfriends spend their spare time on beauty treatments and devising strategies for catching the right guy's attention. For senior high readers.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
To write his book about the end of the world, Jonah contacts the children of a famous scientist, Dr. Felix Hoenikker, who invented the atomic bomb. Each child has some of the father's last invention, ice-nine--a compound that destroys life by instant freezing. Jonah discovers a new religion, Bokononism, when he joins them on San Lorenzo island. For senior high and older readers.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
RC052560 and RC018136
Classic satire about a nineteenth-century New England factory worker who is knocked unconscious and transported back to the year 528. Hank Morgan awakens in King Arthur's court in Britain, where he attempts to improve living conditions by introducing modern inventions and democratic ideas. For senior high and older readers.
A Fate Totally Worse Than Death by Paul Fleischman
The Huns are a group of very rich students at Cliffside High School. Earlier three Hun girls arranged the death of an outsider who tried to date a Hun. Now Helga, a new girl, is showing interest in a Hun boy. But as the girls make their plans for Helga, their bodies start aging rapidly. For junior and senior high readers.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
RC062183 (entire Hitchhiker series)
When the Earth is demolished to make room for a galatic freeway, sole earth survivor Arthur Dent is forced to take up a life of hitchhiking around the cosmos with the aid of an alien friend and a book called "Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy." Deadpan science fiction parody. For senior high and older readers.
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince Luca's father is the head of the local crime organization. Problems arise when Vince falls in love with Kendra Bightly, an FBI agent's daughter. And it's Kendra's father who's wiretapping Vince's house. For junior and senior high readers.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
This is a romantic comedy about two sets of lovers. Proteus is in love with Julia, who returns his affection. Valentine goes to Milan and falls in love with Silvia. When Proteus visits his friend in Milan, he too falls for Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia, dressed as a boy, becomes a page to Proteus. Complications and heartbreaks ensue, but finally Julia's constancy brings her success in love. For senior high and older readers.
Talking Books (RCs) only
5 Novels by Daniel Pinkwater
Collection of five complete novels of wacky humor originally published between 1978 and 1982. Alan Mendelsohn, a new boy at Bat Masterson Junior High, instigates a student riot over whether he is from Mars. When he is suspended, his friend Leonard Neeble finagles some time off too. For grades 5-8.
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
While fifteen-year-old Samantha is ducking her art class, she tackles a man trying to shoot the president of the United States. She learns that David, a cute boy in the class, is the president's son--but her newfound popularity causes turmoil at school and at home. For grades 6-9.
Catch-22: A Novel by Joseph Heller
A classic. Bombardier Yossarian desperately tries to stay alive during World War II. Military rules make it impossible for anyone to achieve the combat quota necessary to quit flying. Yossarian and his buddies concoct ways to avoid the ridiculous orders of their officers. For senior high and older readers.
Confess-O-Rama by Ron Koertge
Fifteen-year-old Tony Candelaria is the new kid in school after his mother is widowed for the fourth time. He becomes involved with a group of nonconformists, including radical artist Jordan. Then Tony begins calling a hot-line to discuss his problems. Things seem to improve until he learns who is on the other end of the phone line. For senior high and older readers.
Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor
Assemblage of wit and wisdom from various types of written and oral tradition, spanning genres from poetry to political commentaries. Relays anecdotes from personal experiences as well as fiction. Includes works of Bessie Smith, Maya Angelou, and Terry McMillan. Foreword by Nikki Giovanni. For senior high and older readers.
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
Indiana, 1914. Fourteen-year-old tomboy Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath would rather repair a car in her brother's garage than read a book. But when Irene Ridpath arrives in her big car with three other librarians, Eleanor's ideas about her future change. For grades 5-8.
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Middle school student Roy has just moved from Montana to south Florida. He befriends a boy named Mullet Fingers and his stepsister, who are trying to prevent a pancake-house chain from building a restaurant over a colony of burrowing owls. For grades 6-9.
Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison
Cami and Josie take turns telling about their freshman year in high school, their competition for basketball awards and boys, and their efforts to remain best friends. For grades 6-9.
The Lord's Oysters by Byron Gilbert
A Maryland classic. This Huck Finn style story is brimming with laughter and nostalgia. The locale is the Eastern Shore at the turn of the 20th century. For all ages.
Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris
Sandy, raised in isolation by his wealthy parents, must fight off his greedy uncles, who manage to incapacitate the elderly couple--and Sandy's pet chicken. Nurse Sunnie Stone helps Sandy move them into a high-class rest home, Walnut Manor. Then Sandy and Sunnie together confront the uncles. For senior high and older readers.
Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins
Londoners Lucy, Izzie, and Nesta are best friends but fourteen-year-old Lucy feels she looks young for her age and longs to grow up. Then after she falls in love at first sight she begins having different problems. For junior and senior high readers.
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Thomas Builds-the-Fire is an unlikely rock band leader: he is a little goofy looking and is kind and considerate. But he has the guitar of blues great Robert Johnson, and its music compels others to join the group Coyote Springs. The band's tale includes some wild stories about others in the Spokane tribe and is told with wry humor, mysticism, and warmth. For senior high and older readers.
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
Brooklyn eighth-grader Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who goes unnoticed by nearly everyone. Their friendship is strained when both develop a crush on the same girl, who is blind, and when Antsy reveals how the Schwa's mother disappeared. For grades 6-9.
Vampire Kisses: Vampire Kisses, Book 1 by Ellen Schreiber
Outcast goth teen Raven copes with her hippie-turned-corporate parents, nerdy brother, and the school bully in small town Dullsville. Then she falls in love with the new boy, Alexander, who moves into the town's haunted mansion and is rumored to be a real vampire. For senior high readers.
In Braille only
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
To become popular and attract the beautiful Christine, New Jersey high school nerd Jeremy swallows an illegal "squip" microchip. The device tells him how to act cool, but eventually Jeremy wants to be back in control. For senior high readers.
Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
Duke and Earl planned to drive right through Rockwood, but a stop at a diner leads to a job ridding the place of zombies. This would-be cakewalk for werewolf Duke and vampire Earl is complicated by a teenage sorceress. Alex Award winner. For senior high and older readers.
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb
British fifteen-year-old Jess Jordan deals with having an imperfect body, a beautiful best friend, and a crush on an unattainable boy. Jess aspires to be a comedian and ends up appreciating a nerdy guy whom she has taken for granted. For senior high readers.
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
In a series of journal entries eleven-year-old prodigy Millicent, who attends high school, records her struggles over the course of one summer to learn to play volleyball, tutor a geeky Chinese boy, and have a best friend. For grades 5-8.
Miss Smithers by Susan Juby
In this sequel to Alice, I Think (BR 14898) former home-schooled misfit Alice, sixteen, continues her journal describing her latest experiences. She makes new friends, joins clubs, and competes in the local beauty pageant that gives competitors a much-needed clothing allowance. For senior high readers.
The Schernoff Discoveries by Gary Paulsen
Science whiz Harold Schernoff and his best friend, both fourteen years old, are the most unpopular students in their Minnesota junior high school. Harold devises schemes to boost their popularity, but the plans usually backfire. When members of the football team break his slide rule, Harold takes revenge by making them a unique chocolate cake. For grades 5-8.
Thwonk by Joan Bauer
High school senior A.J. McCreary has a lot of problems. After four failed relationships, she now has a crush on unattainable Peter Terris, her father forbids her to pursue a career as a photographer, and she is running out of time to take a perfect photo for the Valentine issue of the school paper. Then A.J. receives a visit from a tiny, irritating cupid complete with arrows that go "thwonk." For junior and senior high and older readers.
Vampire High by Douglas Rees
Ninth-grader Cody Elliot is mad at moving from California to Massachusetts and flunks every course until his father transfers him to Vlad Dracul Magnet School. Cody discovers that all but five kids are vampires, saves one from bullies, and falls in love with a princess. For grades 6-9 and older readers.
Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
High-school senior Mara's life goes topsy-turvy when her delinquent sixteen-year-old niece "V" arrives to live with the family. Mara loosens up when she falls for her boss at the coffeehouse and when V enjoys her new, stable home. For senior high readers.
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