My mom made people cry. She still makes people cry, even though she isn’t even alive. Sometimes when my dad takes a shower, I can hear he is crying. I guess he thinks I can’t hear. But I do. That’s why I’m never going to cry. Never! And I’m not going to make people cry either. I’m going to make people laugh. That’s my mission!

Sasha has just turned twelve. The atomic number of magnesium. Her mom used to say that some people have funny bones. It’s like they are funny all the way into the skeleton. Then there are those who can learn to be funny if they practice. There is also a third kind of people that are not fun at all, no matter how much they try (Cecilia, Sasha’s teacher, is probably one of those). Sadly, Sasha suspects she doesn’t have funny bones, but she has a plan: She IS going to be a real comedy queen! And she’s going to practice until every boring bone in her body is funny. If she only succeeds in making people laugh, maybe the other thing will disappear. That thing that lies behind the eyes and burns and threatens to fall down the cheeks in the form of – well actually – fatal tears.

214 pages

Rights sold

Italy: DeA Planeta
Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren


“Why read? For pleasure, for knowledge, for joy, but most of all to widen the world, and as the slogan of the libraries reads, “give the soul wings”, of course. But far from all books, convey that feeling. Therefore, once you come across one of those strong reading experiences, it brings a feeling of euphoria. Like Jenny Jägerfeld’s new middle grade novel Comedy Queen, a book which broadens the world, and in addition pulls us down to the depths of sorrow, to directly after swing the reader high up to the sky of laughter. Great art, in other words.”
Dagens Nyheter / SWE

“Jenny Jägerfeld is undoubtedly one of our absolute best authors of children and YA literature.”
Expressen / SWE

“This is one of this spring’s very best books. The reading hurts, but will also make the reader laugh out loud.”
Vi läser /SWE