Funny “girl” books?

Children’s/YA book gap of the day: funny books by women and/or about girls. Gordon Korman, Louis Sachar, Jordan Sonnenblick, Daniel Pinkwater… love these guys, but where are the ladies?

Suggestions welcome, especially if you can get them to me by Monday when this year’s summer reading list is due!

ETA: I love your suggestions! There still seems to be a gap in madcap, goofy adventures a la Sachar or Pinkwater, for girls who’ve grown out of Ramona or Harriet the Spy.

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5 Responses to Funny “girl” books?

  1. Sam says:

    Not too late, Mary! The first two are already on the list, actually. I haven’t read Does My Head… but I’ve heard good things, and I think it fills a good gap. Thanks!

  2. Mary says:

    So I’m probably too late for your summer reading list, but here are a few suggestions:

    – Patricia Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons series
    Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
    Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
    The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

  3. Sam says:

    Diana Wynne Jones is sometimes funny, that’s true — the Chrestomanci books, for sure — though, like Smekday, it’s also genre fiction, which changes its appeal set somewhat. And good call on Beverly Cleary, though that’s younger than I was picturing.

    I haven’t heard of Wendelin Van Draanen. I’ll investigate her. Thanks, Beth!

  4. Beth says:

    Diana Wynne Jones. Wendelyn Van Draanen. Beverly Cleary’s Romana stories. Those are from the top of my head.

  5. Sam says:

    Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday is, as usual, the answer to everything. Other suggestions?

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