Publication Date: July 21, 2014
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In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.
Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Operation Happiness". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.
Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling... until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.
James Patterson is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, and Confessions series, as well as the Treasure Hunters, Middle School, I Funny, Daniel X, and Alex Cross books. He was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010, and his books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.
Lisa Papademetriou is the author of the Confectionately Yours series and many other novels for young readers. She has also collaborated with James Patterson on Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Keino are a British illustration team whose artwork has been featured in books and exhibitions across the UK and Europe. They are currently locked in their remote mountain studio, writing and illustrating their debut young-adult novel.
"Cuckoo is a well-developed and accessible protagonist.... Fans of the popular "diary fiction" genre (as well as those simply looking for an approachable and quick read) will find much to enjoy here."—School Library Journal
"Patterson brings the misfit theme of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and its sequels into edgier territory in this illustrated novel ... filled with drily funny dialogue balloons and captions."—Publishers Weekly