Laugh Out Loud

PATTERSON, James & . illus. by Jeff Ebbeler. 304p. Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson. Aug. 2017. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9780316431460.
Gr 5–8—Motivated middle school dreamer Jimmy loves books, reading, and writing. He longs to open the first children's publishing company run by kids, for kids. Jimmy and his friends are constantly met with derision from adults, but they persevere. Patterson and Grabenstein emphasize that dreams can come true if you take action and never give up. Fans and educators alike will appreciate the many kid lit authors and titles mentioned throughout.
VERDICT A humorous adventure with a positive message. Readers who enjoy Patterson's "Middle School" and Tommy Greenwald's "Charlie Joe Jackson" series will gravitate toward this novel.

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