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Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Patterson, James, Tebbetts, Chris, Park, Laura (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316101877     ISBN-13: 9780316101875
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: June 2011
* Not available - Not in print at this time *Annotation: When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Behavior; Fiction.
Middle schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010022852
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Middle School
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 281 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): MES PATTERSON was selected by kids across America as Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels, the Witch & Wizard series, the Daniel X series, Med Head, and the detective series featuring Alex Cross. His books have sold more than 230 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Chris Tebbetts is the author of The Viking, a fantasy adventure series for young readers, and co-author of the young adult novel, M or F?, with Lisa Papademetriou. He lives in Vermont.

Laura Park is a cartoonist and illustrator. She is the author of the minicomics series Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream, and her work has appeared in the Best American Comics. She lives in Chicago with her pet pigeon, Nixon.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
This story of outcast Rafe Khatchadorian's sixth-grade year is recounted by him and illustrated by Leo, his imaginary friend. The protagonist comes up with Operation R.A.F.E. (Rules Aren't For Everyone) in which he breaks every rule in his school's handbook. It's hard to feel much sympathy for Rafe--until his emotional scars are revealed. Entertaining black-and-white cartoons keep things light. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #5)

Patterson turns from the governmental oppression of his Witch & Wizard series to a more everyday form: the social and academic confines of middle school. Emboldened by his friend Leo, newly minted sixth-grader Rafe Khatchadorian embarks on a plan to break every one of his school's rules, frustrating his teachers, causing his grades to suffer, and landing him in detention. Things aren't any better at home, due to the constant, unpleasant presence of "Bear," who Rafe's mother is dating. Park's cartoons are pitch-perfect and do their share of storytelling, sometimes betraying the gap between Rafe's version of events and reality (in one scene, a teacher, portrayed as a dragon, screams, "I don't want to eat you. Just talk to me"). The subject matter gets surprisingly dark, particularly regarding Bear's emotional abusiveness and two twists involving Rafe's relationship with Leo, though the latter arrives so late its impact is weakened. But the book's ultrashort chapters, dynamic artwork, and message that "normal is boring" should go a long way toward assuring kids who don't fit the mold that there's a place for them, too. Ages 8–12. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

Gr 5–8—The first 20 pages of this novel seem to be a blueprint for classic middle-school rebellion. As the story continues, Patterson's ability to hog-tie his target audience into a sympathetic relationship with Rafe, the sixth-grade protagonist, becomes clear. Along with his friend Leo the Silent, Rafe concocts a plan to break every rule in the Hills Village Middle School Code of Conduct by the end of the year, creating palpable tension between him and every adult character in the book. As Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understanding of and compassion for the main characters. Taking the best of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) formula, he successfully melds it with an emotional and, at times, unexpected journey. Hand this book to misbehaving, socially awkward, or disengaged boys and girls who are willing to take it. It might help them believe that there is a place for them in the world, no matter how dire times may seem in the present.—Colleen S. Banick, Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT

[Page 136]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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