LBS 803 Assignment – Humor

As part of my K-12 literature class, I have to do a quick write-up about books that address that week’s theme. The theme this week is humor.

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos

  • A young man is grounded for the summer, but wacky adventures begin after he starts helping the old lady next door.
  • This book was discovered in my LBS 803 class, and taken out from my high school library.
  • The book was highlighted because it’s genuinely funny, especially early on. It loses some steam, but stays clever and insightful throughout.

Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg

  • Tired of being “The gay kid” in his high school, Rafe seizes the opportunity to try on a new identity when he transfers to an elite private high school on the other side of the country.
  • This book was discovered in my LBS 803 class, and taken out from my high school library.
  • I highlighted Openly Straight because Rafe, his friends, his parents, and some of the situations in the book are hilarious. The humor is sharp, witty, and insightful.

Beware the Fish, by Gordon Korman

  • When Macdonald Hall falls into financial trouble, Bruno and Boots pull out all the stops to raise money and attention for the school.
  • This book has been in my collection for decades and is still as funny as it was when I first read it a lifetime ago.
  • Beware the Fish was picked because it’s brought great fun and hilarity to both myself and my kids. The madcap adventures and mischief of Bruno and Boots and the gang will bring one to tears.

An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

  • Colin has been dumped by so many girls named Katherine that he decides to go on a road trip to prove his “Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability,” and hilarity ensues.
  • I know about this book because it’s John Green. I’ve placed it on the bookshelf at my library numerous times, and my daughter owns it.
  • John Green is a fantastically sharp-witted author. I can’t wait to read it when I have time to read again.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison

  • Life as a 14-year old girl in England is pretty crazy, and gets hilarious when written in journal format by that teen.
  • I took this book out of the Diman library for my daughter last year.
  • I picked it because all I heard from her were giggles and outright guffaws while reading it.

This is what we need to post each week:

  • Title
  • Author
  • One sentence plot summary
  • Where you found the book
  • Why you chose it to be highlighted

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