A young adult book that anyone of any age could enjoy. James Patterson wrote the hilarious Jacky Ha-Ha series with co-author Chris Grabenstein. Grabenstein also collaborated with J.P. in other young adult books such as, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Max Einstein and the Daniel X series. Others are Laugh Out Loud and Word of Mouse along with Pottymouth and Stoopid. You can find all of these titles under Stand Alone Books and Book Series in Order
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Jacqueline Hart (Jacky)
Jacky Ha-Ha is one of seven sisters who grew up in a tiny house near the beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. She’s a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they don’t laugh at her. Wise cracking helps distract her from thinking about the sad things in her life, like her mom being in Saudi Arabia serving in a dangerous war, and her busy dad who’s hardly ever home.
Meet the Harts
In 1990, Jacky the middle child, was 12 years old and somewhat of a tomboy. Members of her family include; Stubborn but cute Emma (aka. Little Boss) was six. Jacky’s oldest sister, Perfect Sydney was a freshman at Princeton, she was 19. Jacky’s sidekick Riley, she’s eleven. Hannah is fourteen and too sweet. Victoria has advice for EVERYONE, she’s fifteen. Then there’s eighteen year old Sophia, who says she’s the oldest because the oldest is off at college.
Mom or ‘Big Sydney’ was a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps. she was shipped off to war. Mac Hart, Jacky’s Dad was a good looking head lifeguard on Seaside Heights Beach Patrol. Jacky’s new friend Meredith Crawford is really smart and practically lives with the Hart family.
This story begins with adult Jacky heading to the Academy Awards, she’s up for an Oscar for Best Actress in ‘Cracking Up’. She tells her daughters about a book she wrote. A book about her childhood. The smart, witty and very funny Jacky Ha-Ha, turns nearly everything into a joke. She uses her wise cracks to escape her worries.
Jacky has been the class clown since elementary school, when kids laughed at her stutter. Being the class clown is a lot of fun until you wind up in detention! In order to steer clear of detention, Jacky is preoccupied with drama club and starring in a play. With a death in the family, her mom serving in the Middle East and her dad spending too much time away from home, Jacky works hard to keep her promise of keeping her family together.
The famous Saturday Night Live star, Jacky Hart is in London, England to do a William Shakespeare play called, As You Like It. She tells her daughters another childhood story.
It’s 1991 and it’s starting off pretty good. Mom has returned home safely and she’s back to running the Hart house. Dad is very close to getting his dream job, oh, and just so you know, Emma, Little Boss is now Little Echo, because she feels the need to repeat everything Mom tells the girls to do. Jacky hasn’t had detention since the play and school is almost out for summer. Jacky plans to do a whole lot of nothing but fun in the sun, however, Mom and Dad have very different plans.
Dad has to put in a lot of hours with very little pay and mom is going to school. Jacky and her sisters have to get jobs! Real Jobs, and they will be babysitting and doing more chores. Not the summer they were planning!
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Kids will laugh out loud when they read this hilarious and heartwarming series. (Adults too) The Jacky Ha-Ha series has short easy to read chapters and fun illustrations that will for sure keep their interest. I hope you and your children enjoy reading this series. Let me know what you thought in the comments below. Happy Reading!