Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from giving Jamie a good pounding every once in awhile. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. He practices his craft every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie's diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?
Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story.
Praise for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life:
* "Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understand of and compassion for the main characters."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"A keen appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.... a perfectly pitched novel."
—Los Angeles Times
holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Murder Suspect
and the Maximum Ride series, and his books have sold more than 325
million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and
reading, Patterson created a children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson,
whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to
say, 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one
million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred
Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities.
He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school
libraries. Patterson investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY
Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.