I Funny: A Middle School Story

by James Patterson , Chris Grabenstein illustrated by Laura Park

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In this funny and sweet illustrated novel, bestselling author James Patterson introduces a one-of-a-kind middle schooler who will keep readers laughing—and cheering—until the very last page.

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Jamie doesn't want to talk about why he's in a wheelchair. Or why he moved in with his aunt and uncle in their Long Island beach town. Or about how it feels to be harassed by the biggest bully in school, who just happens to be his adoptive brother. What he does want to talk about is jokes!

Jamie is obsessed with being a stand-up comic. He's studied all the greats and read every joke book he could find. And now he's going to enter his local competition for the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest. Does he have what it takes to go all the way to the top?

And more importantly, can comedy help him find a way to share the secrets of his troubled past?

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    • Grades: 5 - 7
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-63866-1

Editorial Reviews

"Patterson's tale includes twists and turns that make for an engrossing read." —School Library Journal

"Patterson and Grabenstein balance Jamie's humor with a poignant storyline." —Kirkus Reviews

"The value of having an author with as vast a reach as Patterson put a disabled character in the spotlight shouldn't be underestimated." —Publishers Weekly