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From the beloved author of Posted comes the story of Zeke Stahlsa thoroughly average twelve-year-old who somehow finds himself in a competition to be named the World's Greatest Kid.

Zeke Stahls is not the best kid in the world. Some days he struggles just to be good. He'd rather be pulling pranks than doing extra credit, and he's too busy performing experiments on his little brother, Nate, or tormenting his older sister, Jackie, to volunteer for charity.

    Which is why Zeke and his entire family are shocked when they receive word that he has been selected as a contestant in an online competition to find the World's Greatest Kid.

    Zeke has no idea how he was chosen for this, and he knows that measuring up to the other nominees--a saintly lineup of selfless, charming and talented do-gooders with photogenic smiles and hearts of gold--is hopeless. Still, with a $10,000 cash prize on the line, and Zeke's mom struggling to hold the family together on her single-parent salary, he decides to give it his best shot.

    As Zeke concocts various plots to show the world just how “great” he is, however, he finds himself wondering what that word even means, and who gets to decide. And what kind of kid he wants--and needs--to be.

John does it again with this fantastic middle grade story. The Greatest Kid in the World is such a heartwarming story that students across the world will find relatable. 
The characters were well developed and John did a great job of writing the entire plot seamlessly. This is a great story to add as a read aloud to your 4th or 5th grade classrooms any time of the year. Even though there is a loss in the story, kids will find themselves loving the humor that is woven throughout. 

About the Author


John David Anderson is the author of many highly acclaimed books for kids, including the New York Times Notable Book Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Posted, Granted, One Last Shot, and Stowaway. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wonderful wife, two frawesome kids, and clumsy cat, Smudge, in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at


And here is the schedule for the tour.


May 9

Nerdy Book Club


May 9

Unleashing Readers


May 10

Teachers Who Read


May 11

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


May 13

Maria's Melange


May 15



May 15



May 16

A Library Mama


May 30

A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust


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