Named one of Kirkus Reviews best books of 2016, Gary Schwartz's heartfelt, hilarious, pun-filled middle grade novel tells of an 11-year old's quest for love and self-acceptance in a land where psychological states are actual places.
James isn't the world's greatest kid, but he's not the worst, either: he's average!
When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor Culpa, a well-dressed talking Scapegoat who recruits him to become the new King of Average. He is joined on his quest by a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist. Together, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that leads them all the way from the Sea of Doubt to Mount Impossible, the highest peak in the Unattainable Mountains. There, James stumbles into a Shangri-La called Epiphany, he uncovers the secret of who he really is. Follow James on his hilarious, adventure-packed journey to find self-worth in this heartfelt middle grade novel by debut author Gary Schwartz.
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A middle-grade adventure story
It has so many layers to it, Excellent for both adults and children alike.
How it creates hope, adventure, family and friendship, with cleverly explaining things like what an optimist, a kill joy or a scape goat is and how they got to be like that.
All accents fitted the characters perfectly
When the little boy chose his love for his mother over his new pals. There are many moving parts to this tale.
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