James Patterson is a mega-author franchise, writer of such series as Alex Cross, Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard — the latter two series gave also been adapted into graphic novels.
Laura Park is an indie cartoonist from Chicago whose gorgeous work has made her a cartoonist’s cartoonist in the indie world.
So hearing they’ve teamed up on a book about middle school sounds unlikely. But it’s true.
Or sort of teamed up — Patterson is known for hiring co-writers who do much of the legwork on his books. At any rate, Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life is a Wimpy-kid esque heavily illustrated novel recounting the trials and humiliations of middle school. The authors are Patterson and Chris Tebbetts; the art is by Park, who spent the last year working on the book. The first 20 chapters of the book are online and can be read now.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.