JAMES PATTERSON was selected by kids across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the Middle School series, the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, the Witch & Wizard series, the Daniel X series, and the detective series featuring Alex Cross. His books have sold more than 230 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is a New York Times bestselling author and has won multiple awards for his mysteries, thrillers, and middle grade chillers including the Haunted Mystery series and the Riley Mack caper series.
LAURA PARK is the illustrator of Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life and Middle School: Get Me out of Here!. She is the author of a minicomics series called Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream, and her work has appeared in the Best American Comics. She lives in Chicago.
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?
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.