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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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With more than a little help from her diary and her like-minded "Freakshow" friends, Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke is recovering well from her emotional breakdown. So well in fact that she and her self-deprecating buddies have decided to somehow bring peace to the warring cliques of North Plains High. Of course, the Haters won't lay down their insults without a fight. This new illustrated "diary fiction" by mega-bestselling author James Patterson and his frequent co-author Lisa Papademetriou (Save the Cupcake; How to Be a Girly Girl) will please their growing armies of loyal readers.

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
Patterson brings the misfit theme of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and its sequels into edgier territory in this illustrated novel about a group of high-school outcasts who call themselves “the Freakshow.” The story unfolds through the diary of self-nicknamed Cuckoo, who was recently hospitalized after a breakdown, and teeters between emotional instability and self-assuredness. Cuckoo’s mother disappeared months earlier, her supportive foster mother dies suddenly, and her best friend attempts suicide. Buoyed by the Freakshow, her child-prodigy biology teacher, and her foster sister, Cuckoo uses intelligence, creativity, and humor to rebound, while also attempting to bring together the school’s feuding cliques. Filled with drily funny dialogue balloons and captions, Keino’s cartoons have a Bratz-doll-meets-notebook-doodle aesthetic (Cuckoo herself is sort of Goth-lite, with a shaggy haircut, dark wardrobe, and heavily made-up eyes), with imagined cameos from the likes of Holden Caulfield, Nicki Minaj, and Katniss and Peeta. An ardent advocate of happy endings, Cuckoo signs off with a strong hint she’ll return. Ages 12–up. Author’s agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. Illustrator’s agent: Advocate Art. (July)
CommonSenseMedia.org
"The complex, clever plot keeps the pages turning as it wends its way to a surprising resolution and several cliffhangers."
The Bulletin
"Readers will be drawn inexorably into Tandy's world of paranoia and manipulation as they try to put the pieces together."
From the Publisher
"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

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 7–10—After a brief stay at a mental institution, Cuckoo Clarke is back in school and living with Mrs. Morris, her foster parent. Her best friends are a band of lovable misfits and they come up with a plan to unite the various factions of the student body (the jocks, stoners, mathletes, activists, Tolkien freaks, etc.) Even after some setbacks, they bring people together for a "Scream Out," an event that allows everyone an opportunity to open up, release tension, and ultimately discover that they have more in common than they thought. Overall this is a successful novel. Cuckoo is a well-developed and accessible protagonist. She is introspective and she copes with life's difficulties by spending a lot of time in her head and writing alternative endings to movies in her journal. Despite the fact that serious issues (a negligent mother, an attempted sexual assault, and an incident of cyberbullying) are at play, the lighthearted tone adds levity to the work. The novel is fully illustrated with humorous artwork that contributes to the story in a meaningful way. 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.—Julie Hanson, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316207621
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/21/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 20,777
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    After waiting so long for this book to be released I'm exited to

    After waiting so long for this book to be released I'm exited to say I was NOT disappointed. I pretty much loved Cuckoo right away, she's cool, she's funny and totally loyal to her friends and humanity despite having gone through some really bad stuff.
    As always James Patterson has delivered :) What I was amazed at was the brilliant artwork - I've never seen anything quite like this in a book before and it really worked for me, Keino's artwork is amazing. I can't wait for  the next book in the series.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Wow

    I litterally could not put this book down it took me onan emotional rollercoaster with the characters in this book. James patterson made thecharacters very relatable and they seem like regular people and I can't wait until the second one comes out

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Cool

    Can relate to my life in a few ways

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Awesome

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Excellent plot with some great characters and amazing illustrati

    Excellent plot with some great characters and amazing illustrations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    I only red sampel but....

    Not as good as some of his other books:(

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    not so good. very boring

    not so good. very boring

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