The best middle grade books adults and kids can laugh at

The Books I Picked & Why

Poison for Breakfast

By Lemony Snicket

Book cover of Poison for Breakfast

Why this book?

The title sounds heavy. It's Lemony Snicket after all. But in pure Lemony fashion, this breezy 'memoir' digresses into tales of sardonic woe that children can scoff at and adults can laugh at. The perfect book for a trip on a train or plane, the jokes are dry and the story is beautifully simplistic: he had poison for breakfast. So what now? 

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

By Jessica Townsend

Book cover of Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Why this book?

Okay, it's not exactly laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, my grandmother was so distressed by the first two pages because, spoiler, we find ourselves at the protagonist's funeral. I explained that obviously it is a red herring and this cannot be the case, as we were only two pages in. But, you know, my grandmother. Anyway, this is the perfect series for lovers of Harry Potter and all things quirky. You won't laugh a lot. But you'll definitely be smiling throughout. 

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

By Matthew Green

Book cover of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Why this book?

Children will find this funny. How could they not, when the entire book is through the perspective of an actual imaginary friend, getting up to mischievous antics? For adults though, it's more like Toy Story 3 as you realise the imaginary friends are contemplating their own mortality, wondering how they could possibly survive when their friends literally disappear once the human stops 'believing' in them. So, look, 50/50 from a comedic level. Solid 90 for overall enjoyment. 

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The Wishing Spell

By Chris Colfer

Book cover of The Wishing Spell

Why this book?

I bought this because I love Kurt from Glee. He's genuinely a good writer. Did you know he wrote an episode in season 6 of Glee? Arguably it's one of the best episodes of the season. His snarky sense of humour comes through in this fairy tale classic, as he spins everything we know about the princesses and even acknowledges the tropes often used in fantasy stories. A really easy and fun read. 

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Hazel Green

By Odo Hirsch

Book cover of Hazel Green

Why this book?

A blast from the past. I feel this book never got the attention it truly deserved. From a sassy, headstrong lead, to a fashionable neighbour akin to Moira Rose, this immersive story is about friendship, determination, and a mystery here and there. I adored this character who was ahead of her time and always wished we had a little more Hazel Green in our lives! 

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