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Good Reads for Teens from the Naperville Public Library

Like to laugh?  So does Karen and she'll suggest book titles that will make you giggle, too!

Like to laugh? So does Karen and she'll suggest book titles that will make you giggle, too!

So who says science fiction can’t be funny – not Douglas Adams! His very popular Hitchhiker’s Guide series was made into not one but two television shows! Giggle along with Douglas!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
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Arthur Dent is having a very bad Thursday in this classic, and cult classic, novel with a humorous twist on apocalyptic fiction. Arthur awakens to a bulldozer preparing to demolish his house to make way for a bypass. By the time the morning is over, he will have lost his house, country, species, planet, and towel to make way for a hyperspatial express route. Thanks to Arthur's best friend Ford Prefect (who is, in fact, not descended from apes), the thieving ways of the President of the Imperial Galactic Government, and the newly developed Infinite Improbability Drive, Arthur is rescued. After he meets Zaphod Beeblebrox, he is given cause to wonder if "rescue" is all it's cracked up to be. The plot twists, contrived logic, and Monty Python-esque humor keep the insanity romping through the universe. Adams' Hitchhiker's "trilogy", which is actually five volumes long, continues with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, where our heroes have gone for a quick lunch.
Reading Level: Teen & Adult Karen T.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
by Douglas Adams
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Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council, does not like to leave a job unfinished. He was hired to demolish the Earth and is therefore personally offended by the continued existence of two beings from that planet. Adams, whose style will appeal to fans of Monty Python’s improvisational humor and Lewis Carroll’s contrived word play and logic, leads us on a romp to discover who really is running the universe.
Reading Level: Teen & Adult Karen T.

Life, the Universe, and Everything
by Douglas Adams
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Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are both drafted by Slartibartfast to help save the Universe from a “bunch of really sweet guys … [who] believe in peace, justice, morality, culture, sports, family life, and the obliteration of all other life forms.” Arthur survives insults, is kidnapped by the current incarnation of a particularly vindictive bowl of petunias, learns to fly, and discovers the location of God’s final message to his creation.
Reading Level: Teen & Adult Karen T.

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