I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story

Written by James Patterson
Part of the I Funny Series

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I Even Funnier is a welcome return for Jamie, wheel-chair-using wannabe comedian and star of James Patterson’s new series. Once again, Jamie’s preparations for a comedy competition give the plot an impetus that will get and keep kids turning the pages, while sub-plots concerning Jamie’s family and friends – much-loved uncle Frankie, far less likeable bully of a cousin Stevie, and friend Gaynor – provide new storylines and the chance for a bit of reflection on what’s really important in life. I Even Funnier is as funny as I Funny and as involving and touching too, which is real praise. There’s a guest appearance by Rafe Khatchadorian too in cartoon strip form that I very much enjoyed! ~ Andrea Reece


I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world - and he won't let the fact that he's in a wheelchair get in his way. After winning the New York state finals in the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie's off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about. Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family?

Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here.


Praise for James Patterson - Maximum Ride Series:

‘Has all the characteristics of his work, pace, action, mystery and cool’- Sunday Times

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X:

‘Terrific’- Daily Telegraph

Witch & Wizard:

‘A fast, exciting, fantasy adventure... with wall-wall thrills and spills. Page turning suspense, pace and invention, street-smart irony and upbeat humour’ – Books for Keeps

About the Author

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

If you are a teacher CLICK HERE to download a free Middle School resource to help get kids reading.

James Patterson's top tips to get your kids - even the most reluctant ones - reading!

* Find books your kids love.

Talk with your child about their interests. Kids read more if they read what they like. E-reader, paperbacks, hard covers, comic books are all fine. Reading is the goal!

* Get a Library Card in your child's name.

Visit your library…the resources they have for the summer are usually terrific. And the Children's Librarian will usually bend over backwards to help your child find fun stuff to read.

Model reading with your child. Read the same books together, and talk about them.

It's always more fun if you can share the experience.

Set goals with your child, and track their achievements. Give them little "awards" for progress.

Take them to the beach, in the car, on vacations, and to the pool. Make the "in between" moments count. Put books everywhere your kids might be bored and want to turn on the TV, such as the breakfast table, the bedside table—wherever.

Reading is fun! If it isn't, keep at it till they find books they can't put down. Then reward yourself, Mom and Dad, because you have just given your child the best present you could ever have imagined: the gift of reading—for life.

Visit ReadKiddoRead.com to find out more about this fantastic campaign.

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368 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone

Publication date

1st January 2015




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