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I Funny: A Middle School Story

By Barbara Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Middle school humor mixes with moving disability subplot.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Not what I thought

I’ll admit I did not vet this book at all. I was at the library, saw the title, recognized the author and grabbed it. Very heavy stuff for a book with the word “Funny” in title. Super detailed description of how his family was killed in a car accident, including his little sister, Jenny. My mouth was on the floor as my son read it to me after he came down upset. So he did say it had funny parts, but this book is definitely not all giggles.
age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Fans of James Patterson's Middle School books will enjoy I FUNNY: A MIDDLE SCHOOL STORY. This fast-paced, story-driven plot uses Laura Park's clever illustrations to tell much of the story. There's enough humor to hold a middle schooler's interest, as well as insight into school life -- friends, cafeteria food, homework, bullies, and snarky text messages. But underneath the humor is a moving story of a teen in a wheelchair, who's had to face more than his fair share of tragedy. Jamie's resilience, perseverance, and desire to achieve his goal of being the world's first sit-down comedian will keep readers' cheering for him.

This book is also a compendium of some of the best and worst one-liners. Keep your rim shots ready.

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