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 messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his 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. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)
About the Author
James Patterson has had more #1 bestsellers for children than any living writer. He is the author of the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, and Daniel X novels, as well as House of Robots. His blockbuster fiction for adults, featuring enduring characters like Alex Cross--in addition to his many books for teens, such as the Maximum Ride series--have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. He lives in Florida.
Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author who has also collaborated with James Patterson on Treasure Hunters and Daniel X: Armageddon. He lives in New York City.
Laura Park is a cartoonist and the illustrator of the I Funny series and three books in the Middle School series, and her work has appeared in The Best American Comics. She lives in Chicago.
Praise for I Funny: A Middle School Story…
Praise for I Funny:A #1 New York Times bestsellerA 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award NomineeA 2014 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Winner
"....Poignant.... Readers learn about [Jamie's] devastating loss and recovery from a tragic event....The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit."—Kirkus Reviews
"The broad humor that runs throughout this heavily illustrated story... masks personal pain, demonstrating resiliency in the face of tragedy."
"Play[s] readers' heartstrings like a banjo.... A brimming bucket of bada-bing!"—Booklist