Books

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke

James Patterson

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.

Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends – or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?

Give Thank You a Try

James Patterson

In this follow-up to Give Please a Chance, James Patterson once again pays tribute to the magic of a simple phrase: thank you. With just these two little words, children can express their gratitude for everything from yummy ice-cream sundaes to cosy cuddles with kittens.

These delightful scenes of appreciation show just how much politeness can make our world a better place.

The People vs. Alex Cross

James Patterson (and others)

The charges: explosive

Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law – until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defence. But will a jury see it that way?

The evidence: shocking

As Cross fights for his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment.

The People vs. Alex Cross: the trial of the century

As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family, how can he hope to persuade a jury? Although he has everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal... even if he can't save himself.

The Radcliffes

TJ Kline (and others)

THE WEDDING FLORIST: After losing her job and getting evicted from her home, the last thing florist Anna Nolan needs is to ruin her new gig. But it's hard for her to work for the powerful and sexy Gabriel Radcliffe. Namely, because Anna's arranging the flowers for his wedding to society girl Stephanie Maurier – and she wishes she were the bride...

THE HORSE TRAINER: Fallon Radcliffe can only escape her socialite family and their expectations when she's in the stables with her horse, Destiny's Dreamer. But she doesn't realise that her love for racing will develop into something more – a yearning for her trainer, Travis Mitchell, even though they live worlds apart...

THE GOURMET CHEF: Alexandra Radcliffe has never been a dreamer. But when she meets the man of her secret fantasies – a sexy, driven chef who wants to open a restaurant – she starts to believe in happily ever after. Or is there something about the smooth Nico Dominelli that could destroy their precious, fragile bond?

House of Robots: Robot Revolution

James Patterson

After a few early glitches in their relationship, Sammy and his 'bro-bot' E are now best friends. In fact, E is such a valued member of the family that the other electronic members of the House of Robots are feeling sorely unappreciated. And when Sammy's inventor mom becomes distracted by a top-secret project, the robots soon begin to fall into disrepair.

Cue a robot revolution, with the droids wreaking harmless havoc in the house! Armed with pranks like glue in the shampoo bottles and flying toast missiles, the robots demand to be cared for. It's up to Sammy and his sister Maddie to keep the peace until his mom reveals her secret project... and why it was worth the wait.

Cross the Line

James Patterson

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers.

Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread – the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.

As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.

Laugh Out Loud

James Patterson

Jimmy loves reading so much that he's inspired to start a book company for kids – run by kids. It's a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy – some would even say it's laugh-out-loud ridiculous!

But that doesn't stop Jimmy from dreaming even bigger! His company will be as imaginative and fun as Willy Wonka's chocolate factory... with a Ferris wheel instead of an elevator, a bowling alley in the break room, and a river filled with floating books! He just has to believe in himself and his idea. And maybe win the Lottery.

In this hilarious story filled with clever references to children's book favourites, James Patterson shows young readers that anything can be achieved if you believe in yourself no matter what!

Haunted

James Patterson

You can take Michael Bennett out of New York City, but you can't take the cop out of Michael Bennett.

Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink.

He settles on an idyllic small town in the beautiful Maine woods. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing with no explanation – until several bodies turn up in the woods.

Far from the city streets he knows so well, Bennett is fighting to protect a town, the law, and the family that he loves above all else.

Jack and Jill

James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross is stretched to breaking point as two killers hit Washington, DC

A controversial US Senator is found murdered in his Georgetown bed. On the other side of town, a beautiful little girl is found dead, savagely beaten. Alex Cross can’t solve both cases, and is forced to make an impossible choice.

No one in Washington is safe – but can Cross discover the truth before the killer sets their sights on the ultimate target?

Big Words for Little Geniuses

James Patterson (and others)

There's no gobbledygook in this book! Just fun big words for your Lilliputian genius to learn!

Why should your little genius's first word be cat when it can be catawampus? Start your child off with an early love of reading with these big words that are wonderfully fun to say!

The Family Lawyer

James Patterson

THE FAMILY LAWYER with Robert Rotstein: Matthew Hovanes is living a parent's worst nightmare: his young daughter is accused of bullying another girl into suicide. But this loving father is also a skilled criminal defense attorney. And something here doesn't add up...

NIGHT SNIPER with Christopher Charles: Cheryl Mabern is the NYPD's most brilliant detective – and the most damaged. Now she must confront her darkest fears to stop a calculating killer committing random murders.

THE GOOD SISTER with Rachel Howzell Hall: Her beloved sister's cheating husband has been found dead. Now, Dani Lawrence must decide if she will help the investigation that could put her sister away... or obstruct it by any means necessary.

The Midnight Club

James Patterson

‘Are you from the Midnight Club?’

New York cop John ‘Stef’ Stefanovitch was left widowed and wheelchair-bound after local crime boss 'the Grave Dancer' brutally shot him and his wife.

Now, Stef’s looking at the Grave Dancer’s shattered body in a high-end Manhattan brothel. Before his murder, the Grave Dancer was heard speaking of the Midnight Club – a mysterious and secretive group of crime lords who are rumoured to control organised crime around the world.

As more criminals turn up dead, the shadowy Midnight Club are believed to be behind the killings. But when men like that are threatened, everyone is in danger…

The Store

James Patterson

The Store doesn't just want your money – it wants your soul.

Imagine a future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door, anticipating the needs and desires you didn't even know you had.

Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan are going undercover to dig up The Store's secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan's worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning.

Harbouring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to escape The Store's watchful eye and publish his expose – before the truth dies with him.

Pottymouth and Stoopid

James Patterson

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: 'Pottymouth' and 'Stoopid' are still stuck with the names – and everyone in school, including the teachers and their principal, believe the labels are true.

So how do they go about changing everyone's minds? By turning their misery into megastardom on TV, of course! And this important story delivers more than just laughs – it shows that the worst bullying doesn't have to be physical, and that things will get better.

Penguins of America

James Patterson

Penguins – our loveable, cute, flightless friends who are constantly dressed for a formal occasion – have always fascinated us. As we shuffle through life one day at a time, it's easy to take things far too seriously, but when we see penguins taking a walk in our shoes it's impossible not to recognise how silly we can actually be.

Featuring amusing illustrations with captions that show penguins in the day-to-day situations we've all experienced – from a relaxing day at the beach to a stressful morning commute – Penguins of America is a hilarious and charming send-up of daily life.

16th Seduction

James Patterson

Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect – with her beautiful baby daughter and doting husband, Joe, she felt nothing could go wrong.

But Joe isn't everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious heart attacks strikes seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco.

And at the trial of a bomber Lindsay and Joe worked together to capture, his defence raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe’s investigation.

A deadly conspiracy is working against Lindsay and soon she could be the one on trial.

Word of Mouse

James Patterson

What makes Isaiah so unique?

First, his fur is as blue as the sky – which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right – Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans... if any of them are willing to listen!

After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his 'mischief' (which is the word for a mouse family) and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls and terrified people, it's hard for a young mouse to make it alone.

When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.

James Patterson

Biography

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.