Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke
In the #1 New York Times bestselling book, class clown Jacky Hart discovers she's a triple threat onstage—but will she have a chance to shine?
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?
James Patterson's middle grade jokester Jacky returns in this wild romp through summer in the Jersey Shore, featuring lively illustrations by French artist duo Kerascoët.
Praise for Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke:
A New York Times bestseller!
"Engaging from start to finish. Patterson and Grabenstein's latest big-time series will fly off the shelves, and that's no joke."—Booklist
Praise for Jacky Ha-Ha:
A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
A Parents' Choice Award Winner!
A National Parenting Products Award Winner!
"Jacky is the best yet. Fun, smart, emotionally engaging, Jacky is a character that young readers will love spending time with."—Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will find Jacky entertaining....the art is playful and fun. This title is sure to have high circulation among fans of Patterson's previous works."
—School Library Journal
—School Library Journal
"The story is stuffed with page-turning pranks, and the swoopy b&w cartoons from Kerascoët only add to Jacky's untamed energy....The novel is sure to amuse and encourage readers who don't have it all figured out just yet."
"Smart, funny, and immensely likable, Jacky is a colorful narrator and an increasingly interesting character, and her struggles will strike a chord with many readers....The many black-and-white cartoon-style drawings increase the book's appeal."—Booklist
"James Patterson has figured out the formula for writing entertaining books for tween readers. Jacky is a wildly engaging character. [The story is] great fun." —Parents' Choice
"Jacky is a genuinely likable and funny protagonist...Kerascoët's black and white illustrations are full of verve and energy, as cartoonish Jacky careens her way through life."—BCCB