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I Funny

I Funny

by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein Illustrated by Laura Park

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. He practices the craft of stand-up 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?

10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 7
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor, Realistic Fiction

About the Authors and Illustrator

James Patterson
Chris Grabenstein Chris Grabenstein is an author of children's books.
Laura Park

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