What happens in a Humor Writing book? by Neal Wyatt (NoveList Plus)

Humor books tend to be observational, situational, and story-based. The author shares his opinion or recounts an incident in a manner designed to be deliberately funny. The best authors hide this deliberation in carefully constructed pieces that allow the humor to sneak up on the reader and accumulate in effect for a steady riotous read. Humor works are fast-paced and either short or written in self-contained shorter pieces. Humor books focus on story — the “what happened” part of the humor — on character, and on observation. Like memoirs, humor works often feature the author as main character but they can also focus on a wide selection of characters the author either meet or knows well. Humor books feature a great deal of dialogue or recounted dialogue as well and offer sharp insights into human nature.


The Awesome by Eva DarrowsThe Awesome by Eva Darrows

Maggie Cunningham, who wants to enter in the family business of monster hunting, can’t get her license until she loses her virginity, but finding a normal boy proves to be more difficult than she thought.




Boys Don't Knit by Tom EastonBoys Don’t Knit (in Public) by Tom Easton

After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.



The Truth Commission by Susan JubyThe Truth Commission by Susan Juby

As a project for her “creative non-fiction module” at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the Truth Commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm’s famous sister reveals some very unsettling truths of her own.



Evil Librarian by Michelle KnudsenEvil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cynthia’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, but after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes… or the blood and horns and bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking.



Assassination Classroom by Yusei MatsuiAssassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who’s just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth–unless they can kill him first!



The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The best friend of a kid with superhuman qualities endeavors to have a life of his own that is both normal and extraordinary in the face of constant world-shaking challenges, threats against his school, and an elusive pretty girl.



Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea PortesAnatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

The third most popular girl in school’s choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit ends in tragedy and self-realization.




Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew SmithGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.




Nimona by Noelle StevensonNimona by Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.



Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie TromlyTrouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl.


last updated: February 2016

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I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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