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’s 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. When 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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Gary Schwartz began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing up and down the Hudson River with Pete Seeger and the great folk entertainers of the 1960s. In the 1980s he appeared in numerous film and television projects including the Oscar-winning feature film Quest for Fire. Schwartz has lent his voice to hundreds of film and TV projects and is the voice of several well-known video game characters, including Heavy Weapons Guy and Demoman in Team Fortress 2. Schwartz has written for two children’s television series in which he co-starred: Zoobilee Zoo, where he played Bravo Fox; and the Disney Channel’s You and Me, Kid. Schwartz studied with and became the protégé of Viola Spolin, the creator of Theater Games, the basis for improvisational theater in America. He is a passionate, dynamic improv coach and facilitator devoted to carrying on Spolin’s techniques. The King of Average is his first novel. To learn more visit gary-schwartz.com.Review:
"This delightful, pun-filled allegory tells the story of a neglected boy who is convinced that he has no worth. ...the book is fast-moving and funny, with a touch of sadness. It will appeal to adults as much as YA readers, reminding all that average is not easy since everyone is special in his or her own way."--BookLife Prize for Fiction
"THE KING OF AVERAGE is a unique fantasy with a powerfully encouraging message for youth."--IndieReader
"The King of Average" by Gary Schwartz is an hilarious, adventure-packed, epic journey to find self-worth. As thoroughly 'kid friendly'as it is consistently entertaining, "The King of Average" is all the more impressive when considering that it is author Gary Schwartz debut as anovelist. Highly recommended for school and community library children'sfiction collections. --Midwest Book Review
Gary Schwartz has written a book for all young people, but especially for those who have slipped between the cracks in their homes or communities. He takes an emotionally neglected child through an incredible journey that introduces him to his true self.
--Jonice Webb, PhD., author of Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect
Awarded the Kirkus Star - Selected as Kirkus' Indie Book of the Month (April 2016)
"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults. This is a volume that kids and parents can read together because it works on two levels-young ones should love the adventure-packed plot and hilarious characters, and grown-ups should chuckle at the wordplay embedded in every page. Schwartz's characters are more than clever-they're ingenious." "Schwartz's nicely succinct writing style places the focus on the striking worlds he creates. The book delivers an important lesson-be your own hero. With this debut, the author should soon be a hero to readers everywhere." -KIRKUS REVIEW
"THE KING OF AVERAGE is a unique fantasy with a powerfully encouraging message for youth." -IndieReader
"Gary Schwartz's The King of Average is engaging, imaginative, entertaining and funny while also exploring real emotional depths. It's like reading a lost work of L. Frank Baum." -Brian McDonald author of Invisible Ink and The Golden Theme
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Book Description Updrift, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111513703315