Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke

Written by James Patterson

Part of the Jacky Ha-Ha Series Series

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LoveReading View on Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke

Spending time with the eponymous Jacky (Ha-Ha because she’s both funny and a stammerer) is always great fun and, as ever, there’s lots to hold the attention and keep the pages turning in this new book. It’s summer 1991 (cue amusing explanations for kids about the way we used to live), and Jacky’s holidays are action-packed. She’s got a summer job at the fair, is appearing as Puck in a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, experiencing her first crush, and trying and failing to match-make for her friends. Even when things veer towards the tragic, you can rely on Jacky to keep readers laughing, and to ensure there’s a happy ending, just like Puck in fact.  ~ Andrea Reece

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke Synopsis

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer - but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere. Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends - or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Jacky Ha-Ha. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Evie Boston, age 10 - 'Hilariously funny and impossible to put down!'
  • Stephanie Chaplin, age 11 - 'Jacky Ha-Ha is a funny and enjoyable story that I did not want to put down.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 10 - 'This hilarious book is unlike any other book I've read!'
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 13 - 'The book was very funny and I enjoyed reading about the main character Jacky. I would definitely recommend this book! Loved it!'
  • Ellen Cox, age 9 - 'A very funny book that I really enjoyed!'
  • Amelia Jones, age 10 - 'Absolutely loved Jacky Ha-Ha, I was in fits of laughter frequently throughout the book...Jacky vows to make her life better and she makes it!!!  Just a few bumps and potholes on her road to a better future!'
  • Gabriella Chatham, age 9 - 'Jacky Ha-Ha is a very funny book. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys laugh out loud books.'
  • William Longlands, age 12 - '9/10 Well written and I would recommend it.'
  • Daniel Harrison, age 9 - 'This is a funny book and is a fast read.'
  • Victor Seage, age 8 - 'I just wanted to keep turning the pages of the book to find out what happens next. I love this author.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784758462
Publication date: 22/03/2018
Publisher: Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781784758448
Publication date: 30/11/2017
Publisher: Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784758462
Publication date: 22nd March 2018
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, eBooks
Other Categories: Books for Boys, Reviewed by Children

About 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. ...

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