The King of Average
by Gary Schwartz
Pub Date 01 Jun 2016
When James decides to become most average kid in the entire world, things begin to happen that would never happen to an ordinary kid. He is thrust into another world called the Realm of Possibility, where the Kingdom of Average has lost its king. James is recruited by a talking Scapegoat named Mayor Culpa, to replace the former King, Norman the Unexceptional. Along the way they meet a professional Optimist and his grouchy companion, an equally professional Pessimist called Kiljoy.
Together with his new friends, James sets out on a journey of self-discovery that leads him all the way from Lake Inferior and the Sea of Doubt, to the Unattainable Mountains, whose highest peak is Mt. Impossible . There he stumbles upon a Shangri-La called Epiphany, where he discovers the truth about who he really is.
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 in Fiction