As Easy As Falling Off The Earth - L.R. Perkins
The train was moving and he was in the middle of nowhere, alone. Maybe it was the beginning of something... something like an adventure.
Son Of The Mob - Gordon Korman
Vince Luca has just messed up the date of his life. He was on the beach with his hot girlfriend when he went to get a blanket from the trunk and found it wrapped around an unconscious body.
Bootleg - Alex Shearer
The Good-For-You-Party has outlawed chocolate. The set up secret supply networks and clubs just to be able to get their hands on some!
A hilarious, easy read for 13+.
Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy
A well-deserved cult classic.
Frequently included in Top 10 humour book lists around the world.
Started as a hit radio show way back in the early 1980's. This book and it's sequels remain firm favourites with readers, telling the story of Arthur Dent and the destruction of the earth. Don't forget your towel....
Wild Pork And Watercress - Barry Crump
Uncle Hec and Ricky head for the hills to hideout for a while. A classic Kiwi book by a good keen man.
This book won't have you in stitches, but if you like his style, try some of his other tales.
There Is No Dog - Beg Rosoff
In the beginning there was Bob. And Bob created the heavens and the earth and the creatures and gorgeous girls. What a mess. Imagine that God is a typical teenage boy. Let us pray that Bob does not fall in love with Lucy.
Spud - John van de Ruit
John Milton wins a scholarship to a very posh boys boarding school in South Africa. The year is 1990, Nelson Mandela is about to be released from 27 years in prison and John's parents (and Wombat, his grandmother) set very low standards for behaviour. Dive into this great tale to follow the gorgeous 'Mermaid' and the 'Crazy Eight' as they storm through the school year.
Highly recommended to Y9 and Y10.
Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger - L. Sachar
By the author of Holes , this is one of a hilarious school series. In this story the school had been closed for 243 days while the cows were cleaned out. Now it has re-opened and Mrs Drazil's class are learning about gravity.
Millions - Frank Cottererll Boyce
When a bag of money falls out of a train, two brothers find themselves very rich indeed. Suddenly they can buy anything they want... apart from the thing they really need.
Recommended for Y9 & 10
Just Shocking! - Andy Griffiths
One of the brilliant 'Just..' series. These books remain perennial favourites in the library. Writer Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton are legends for bringing laughter and reading together.
Carry On, Jeeves - Wodehouse
Bertie Wooster is an upper-class, useless twit. Where would he be without Jeeves to 'carry-on' and save him from Aunt Agatha and all his upper-class friends and enemies.
"The ultimate in comfort reading because nothing bad ever happens in P.G. Wodehouse land. Or even if it does, it's always sorted out by the end of the book" Marian Keyes
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
Wednesday Next is a book detective. She is sent into books to sort out plots that have been sabotaged. When she is not working she looks after her pet dodo and flies from place to place in zepplins. A laugh-out-loud story that became a best-seller and spawned many sequels.
Boom! - Mark Haddon
It was a stupid, insane, suicidal idea. Helping Charlie? I didn't do it to impress the police, the headmistress or my parents. An explosive adventure for all ages.
The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window - Jonas Jonasson
On the day of his birthday, with all the guests waiting to congratulate him, a very extraordinary 100-year old man makes a brilliant escape in his slippers. If you like Forrest Gump, you'll love this book.
The Falcon's Malteser - Anthony Horowitz
Tim and his brother run a detective agency and it's fair to say that Tim is probably the worst detective in the entire world. In the course of 24 hours, every crook in town is out to get them!
Kiss, Kiss - Roald Dahl
Dark humour at it's best.
These stories will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Roald Dahl wrote for all ages and he knew what he was doing - even little children aren't really as squeamish as you think they are. Highly recommended for older readers.
Just Walking The Dogs - Bennett
Joe Bennett was an English Teacher at College not too long ago. He still lives in Lyttelton and his articles, books and comments are highly sought after for their humour, language and insights.
The library has quite a collection of his short stories in the non-fiction - look at 827 BEN or ask the staff for help.
Porterhouse Blue - Tom Sharpe
Porterhouse is a Cambridge college held fast by the steel cobwebs of tradition. When Sir Godber Evans is appointed Master, disturbing whispers of radical change echo through the Court and the Cloisters. But Skullion, the intensely reactionary Head Porter, is determined to get everything heading backwards to normal again.
"I had to stop reading to laugh" (Goodreads.com)
N.B. Not suitable for younger readers!
Gridlock - Ben Elton
A thriller "with the machine-gun narration of a stand-up comic, peppered by good jokes" and the "action of a manic strip cartoon" (Evening Standard review)
Recommended for older readers.