I Funny: A Middle School Story

I Funny: A Middle School Story

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0316322008

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.)

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where nobody knows that I’m a huge celebrity. I help out behind the cash register, making change and making jokes. My George Carlin fan comes to the counter with a newspaper tucked under his arm. I ring him up and give him a choice Carlin one-liner: “Isn’t it kind of scary that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?” He cracks up and puts down his newspaper to dig in his pockets for cash to cover his check. That’s when I see the headline over a small article on page thirty-eight, back near

the first thing you would do?” “Okay,” she says. “I have to ask you a serious question.” “I know. I heard the stopwatch beep.” “Jamie?” “I wasn’t being funny. I was just stating the facts.” “But with a tone. A funny tone.” “Fine,” I say. “No more tone.” “Okay. So.” She braces both her hands on her knees. Hesitates. “I’m kind of curious….” “Okay.” She hesitates some more. I get the feeling that this is a tough question for her to ask. Which probably means it’ll be even tougher for me to

lot of people gave up on them. But not their families. Not their friends. And, most important, not themselves. “You ever hear this old expression: When the world says ‘Give up,’ hope whispers ‘Try it one more time’? Neither had I. Not until I came here, and some anonymous night nurse scribbled it on my cast. With a Sharpie. We’re talking permanent ink, people. That little slogan didn’t come off until the cast did. But the hope? I still got it. Big-time. In fact, right now I’m hoping some of you

story, though, I do trust one other person. That would actually be Leonardo. Leo is capital C Crazy, and capital O Off-the-Wall, but he keeps things real. Here are some other people I don’t trust as far as I can throw a truckload of pianos. There’s Ms. Ruthless Donatello, but you can just call her the Dragon Lady. She teaches English and also handles my favorite subject in sixth grade—after-school detention. Also, Mrs. Ida Stricker, the vice principal. Ida’s pretty much in charge of

Uncle Frankie is always doing yo-yo tricks, even when he’s working the grill. He can Hop the Fence, Walk the Dog, Loop the Loop, and go Around the World with one hand while flipping griddle cakes and two eggs over easy with the other. “So how was school today, Jamie?” he asks once I’m parked in the kitchen. “Not bad. I took out a bully today.” “Really?” “Yeah. He was picking on this sixth grader, so I pulled a Chuck Norris and did what needed to be done.” “You stood up for this other kid?”

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