A hilarious class clown tells jokes to escape her worries in James Patterson's #1 New York Times bestselling middle grade novel.
With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation -- even when she really, really shouldn't -- twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who's hardly ever home.
But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can't seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together . . . even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that's who she really is?
Seventh grader Jacky Hart has been the class clown ever since classmates laughed at her stutter back in elementary school. "What's so wrong with wanting to be liked?" she wonders. Now "Jacky Ha-Ha" can't break out of her routine, even though her rudeness and pranks earn her numerous detentions. With her mother serving in Operation Desert Shield (the story is set on the Jersey Shore in 1990) and her father mysteriously absent most nights, Jacky is left without much guidance. Could a dynamic new English teacher help redirect Jacky's need to perform? The story is stuffed with page-turning pranks and social and family drama (Jacky is one of six sisters), and the swoopy b&w cartoons from Kerasco t, a pseudonym for French artists Marie Pommepuy and S bastian Cosset, only add to Jacky's untamed energy. Framed as a successful comedy writer looking back on her wild 12th year, the novel is sure to amuse and encourage readers who don't have it all figured out just yet. Ages 8 12. Author's agent: (for Patterson) Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly; (for Grabenstein) Eric Myers, Spieler Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency.
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NICE BOOK, WORST DAD EVER
The book was amazing, but I wanted to slap Jacky’s father every time he came out though. No man should ever be like that with their daughter! If you treat your child like a criminal she’s bound to behave like one. I literally cried reading because the way he spoke about her. I wanted to yell at that man. But If I was a mom in the military and had six daughters and a husband who was a life guard, sorry but my family needs me. Amazing book five stars!
NOT THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Bought this thinking it was the graphic novel. It’s not. It’s one of the normal books with the wrong cover.
Awesome book couldn’t put it down and read it for at least two hours and got half way through the book awesome book!