Jacky has been funny all her life, and now as an adult, she wants to share a very important year with her own daughters, the year that her clowning around gained purpose. It started at the beginning of seventh grade, when she vows to take things more seriously. However, that vow doesn’t even last to the end of the week, when her funny but inappropriate comments in class earn a record-setting 20 detentions! She’s given a reprieve, where she can trade those detentions for play practice in You’re a good man, Charlie Brown! Then she’s told to join the oratory group and perform in front of the whole school. The problem? She has a stutter that is more pronounced the more nervous she becomes. When you factor in her mother who is overseas in the military, her father who is hanging out with a lifeguard, her sister who is failing out of college, it is one year of trouble.
Readers of James Patterson’s I funny series will enjoy a story from book character, Jacky Ha-Ha. She is smart, spunky, and self-aware, and her story will resonate with readers who enjoyed Dorko, the Magnificent.
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Kerascoët, Illustrator