Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (2011), Patterson continues with another highly-illustrated, middle school story. Jamie wants to be the world's greatest stand-up comedian, even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with him as much as possible. At Uncle Frankie's suggestion, Jamie enters a local comedy competition. He wants to be treated fairly, but are the judges, like Stevie suggests, only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair?