About the Author
James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 300 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most "New York Times" bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world s highest honor, and his novels "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider" were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children s books for their kids.
Chris Tebbetts is the "New York Times" bestselling coauthor of James Patterson s Middle School series. Originally from Yellow Spring, Ohio, Tebbetts is a graduate of Northwestern University. He lives and writes in Vermont.
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Indiebound BestsellerA 2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
A 2013 Hawaii's Children's Choice Award WinnerA 2013 ALSC Summer Reading List BookA 2010 Oregon Children's Choice Award WinnerA 2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award Nomine
* "Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and... thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities.... Hand this book to misbehaving, socially awkward, or disengaged boys and girls.... It might help them believe that there is a place for them in the world, no matter how dire times may seem in the present."—School Library Journal, starred review
"A keen appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.... a perfectly pitched novel."—Los Angeles Times
"Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations... add depth and humor.... an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy."—Library Media Connection
"The book's... dynamic artwork, and message that 'normal is boring' should go a long way toward assuring kids who don't fit the mold that there's a place for them, too."—Publishers Weekly