James Patterson (2012)
Are all Patterson's books written with someone else these days? Whoever wrote what in this one did well, and the illustrations work very well also.
James is in a wheelchair, lives with uncaring family and a bully cousin, but wants to be a comedian. Using humor to deal with/avoid the pain in his life he learns to trust the people who care for him and have confidence in himself. Quick read with good message.
Lots of classic humor, great way to introduce students to some old time comedy.