Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin

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Dominic Barker, The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest

Dominic Barker

The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest
(Blart 3)
Suitable for 11-13s

Anti-hero Blart's peace is disrupted once again when he is called to rescue a damsel in distress, kidnapped by the man who wants to marry her. Hindered rather than helped by his companions, Olaf the Innocent and Kupverstich the Strange, Blart battles a giant, deformed octopus, cut-throat pirates and the Guild of Assassins who are out to kill him.
A Shrek-like parody of swords and sorcery fantasy with larger than life characters, off the wall, laugh-out loud humour and delicious verbal invention.

Bloomsbury · 9780747593577

Philip Caveney, Prince of Pirates

Philip Caveney

Prince of Pirates
(Sebastian Darke)
Suitable for 11-13s

Sebastian, cheeky, backchatting buffalope, Max, and pintsized but powerful warrior, Cornelious, embark on another madcap adventure, this time setting off on a dangerous sea journey to rescue the lost treasure of a pirate king. Of course they encounter every danger and dark deed imaginable en route from feisty female sea captains to giant lizards and wonder if they'll ever get out alive. Fast paced, funny and studded with sparkling buffalope one liners this is perfect reading for Shrek fans.

Red Fox · 9781862302570

Jimmy Docherty, The Ice Cream Con

Jimmy Docherty

The Ice Cream ConSuitable for 11-13s

After being mugged twice in ten minutes on his rundown council estate, Jake Drake decides to con the criminals and embarks on an ambitious plan to start a rumour about the biggest, baddest gangster in town that never was. Unfortunately Jake's plan backfires and the trouble becomes more real than he could have ever imagined in this inventive comedy thriller which reads aloud like a dream at lower KS3.

Chicken House · 9781905294480

Clive Gifford, So You Think You Know the Simpsons?

Clive Gifford

So You Think You Know the Simpsons?

An updated version of the bestselling quiz book about the world's favourite and funniest family. One hundred new questions make a mind-boggling total of one thousand one hundred, divided into easy, medium and hard so you're guaranteed a new one every time, with answers provided at the back. Boys are mad about beating each other and will compete for hours. Not the book to buy for a quiet library but perfect for sparking interest in and reading of the original comic books.

Hodder · 9780340917152

Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy KidSuitable for 11-13s

Part journal, part comic book, this is an authentic boy diary adapted from the online cartoon at FunBrain by popular demand. Junior high schooler Greg is desperate to get ahead in the popularity stakes and win girls, but his efforts are constantly and hilariously thwarted by his family and friends. Packed with appeal for resistant readers who will appreciate seeing the trouble that Greg gets into in the cartoon illustrations and eagerly await his further adventures, Wimpy Kid is rapidly and deservedly developing a huge cult following.

Puffin · 9780141324906



Michael Lawrence, Kid Swap

Michael Lawrence

Kid Swap
(Jiggy McCue)
Suitable for 11-13s

Jiggy McCue is in trouble again. This time his parents have signed him up for a reality TV programme, sending him off to live with another family, his every move captured on camera.
Cliffhanger chapter endings and disgusting flick pictures keep the pages turning faster in this series of Jiggy McCue adventures, all laugh out loud, razor sharp, wickedly funny reads.

Orchard · 9781408302736


Hilary McKay, Forever Rose

Hilary McKay

Forever Rose
(Casson Family)
Suitable for 11-13s

The fifth and final story in the quirky and colourful Casson family saga sees Rose take a starring role. Life is not much fun being the youngest and she often finds herself home alone as the others are all out leading more exciting lives. SATs are on the horizon too, lucky then she has the Christmas school trip to look forward to and her best friend Molly's 'One Big Idea' to make happen. Warm and witty, this sharply observed domestic comedy reveals both the frustrations and satisfactions of family life where you're always loved no matter what.

Hachette · 9780340931073

Norman Hunter, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Norman Hunter

The Incredible Adventures of Professor BranestawmSuitable for 11-13s

A classic collection of very funny episodes starring the eccentric and absent-minded inventor whose madcap ideas always land him in bother. Stunning Heath Robinson illustrations bring the stories magically to life.

Red Fox · 9781862307360

Ian Ogilvy, Measle and the Doompit

Ian Ogilvy

Measle and the Doompit
(Measle Stubbs Adventures)
Suitable for 11-13s

Mayhem breaks out on a school trip when Measle's enemy, Toby, pushes him into the dark doompit where the werewolves, giant ants, abominable snowman and gorgon all live. Not only must Measle escape, he also has to rescue his school friends and wreak revenge on Toby. Inventive storytelling, witty jokes, rapidfire delivery and zany plots guarantee these magical adventure stories a wide readership.

OUP · 9780192726230


Simon Page and Mark Warner, It All Went Horribly Wrong

Simon Page and Mark Warner

It All Went Horribly WrongSuitable for 11-13s Suitable for those with reading difficulties

One of a comprehensive hi-lo series of 'real books' aiming to build real confidence in struggling readers this collection of wonderfully wacky real-life stories of things which went horribly wrong has a reading age of 6-7 and should prove irresistible to boys especially.

Heinemann · 9780435213879

Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty PeopleSuitable for 11-13s

George, Harold and the bionic hamster are back in a backwards reality where the teachers care and have a sense of humour, the librarian lets you read banned books and the school canteen serves up 5* meals. Trying to carry this hyper-reality into their own world proves a big mistake for the boys discover evil versions of themselves not to mention Captain Blunderpants, who plans to destroy their hometown. It's up to the elderly grandparents to save the day - and the boys! Part novel, part flip-o-rama, part comic strip and written to include all the spelling mistakes of its heroes this is an easy to read, laugh-a-minute series boys devour.

Scholastic · 9781407103600



Kjartan Poskitt, Urgum and the Googoobah

Kjartan Poskitt

Urgum and the GoogoobahSuitable for 11-13s

The Lost Desert has never known an Axeman as fierce or as furious as Urgum. He can catch cannonballs in his teeth, eat live bulls and carry cobras down his vest. He and his seven barbarian sons love nothing better than a gory battle to the death. In this third adventure, Urgum is forced to foster an abandoned baby boy left on his cave step who is subsequently kidnapped. Cue Urgum and sons to the rescue! Philip Reeve's finely detailed and cartoon illustrations bring the comical characters leaping off the page. Quirky, laugh-out loud funny and packed with witty wordplay.

Scholastic · 9781407108117


Andy Stanton, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum and the Dancing BearSuitable for 11-13s

The next riotous story in the award winning series starring nasty as ever Mr Gum, bears, sea captains, sailing ships and horrendous villains. Quirky illustrations and wacky wordplay make these humorous books irresistible comfort reading for lower end KS3.

Egmont · 9781405241793

Jeremy Strong, Weird

Jeremy Strong

WeirdSuitable for 11-13s

Fizz and Josh both have to do work experience at an old people's home but soon find that life there is anything but boring, what with escape tunnels, tree snails, donkeys and annoying little sisters. Sharply observed, laugh a page writing, perfect for those who struggle to even pick up a book.

Puffin · 9780141322025

Danny Wallace, Yes Man

Danny Wallace

Yes ManSuitable for 13-14+

A random comment by a taxi driver inspires comedian Danny Wallace to start saying yes to everything in an insane bid to be more open to opportunity and make his life more interesting. This is the inspiring, drily humorous, feel-good story of just where his spur of the moment decision takes him which inspired the big screen movie.

Ebury Press · 9780091927905


David Walliams, The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

The Boy in the DressAudio version available

Daytime TV watching, football playing Dennis doesn't have much to look forward to with his mother gone and his boring life in a boring town. He does have his dreams to follow though and a way of being whoever he wants to be in this surprisingly moving and memorable celebration of difference. Written by one half of the Little Britain team, it's also brilliantly funny with Quentin Blake's illustrations adding an extra dimension.

HarperCollins · 9780007279043

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