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Publisher's Summary

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: He wants to become the world's greatest stand-up 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 best-selling 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 06-04-17

Frankie S makes this book come alive

It's a great funny story with great drawings if you have the book as well

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peggy M. on 09-05-15

Laughter eases the stigma of disability

Jamie Grimm is a normal middle school kid. At least he used to be before; well, you’ll have to get that from the story. The fact that he’s been forced to move in with his uncle’s family in an unfamiliar town doesn’t dampen his ability to make folks laugh.

What’s a kid in a wheelchair have to laugh about, you ask?

Patterson and Grabenstein have nailed what it feels like to live with a disability. You try so hard to make people laugh while tears are pouring invisibly down your cheek. Jamie enters the “Planet’s Funniest Kid Contest” and suddenly he skyrockets in popularity.

What’s this? Jamie actually believes he won because the judges felt sorry for him in his wheelchair?

This is a great book for middle school kids as it wrestles with the problems kids endure when they suffer from a disability.

Bullies, you’d better beware. You’re beginning to look like idiots to the savvy kids in the hallways who have read Patterson’s book(s).

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