Parents' Guide to

Jacky Ha-Ha

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Warm, funny tale of middle school joker finding her groove.

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A strong female protagonist, realistic characters, and a balanced approach to middle school life make this book a winner. Kids will easily fall in love with brave Jacky, not only because she's funny but also because she's super smart and insightful. It's that insight about everyone (but herself) that makes Jacky such a dynamic character. Authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein do a fantastic job of creating middle school characters who display depth and humanity. There is no mean-girls clique to triumph over -- just very real problems that kids face every day. It's also nice that there are positive adult role models to help Jacky find her way and work out her problems.

The black-and-white cartoon illustrations by Kerascoet (two French illustrators using a joint pen name) bring Jacky's adventures to life with great energy and are a welcome addition to the story.

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