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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts (With), Laura Park (Illustrator)
 

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Bestselling author James Patterson's most beloved middle grade protagonist, Rafe Khatchadorian, is getting the Hollywood treatment! A film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, and Thomas Barbusca smashes into theaters in October 2016.

In his acclaimed and number-one bestselling

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Bestselling author James Patterson's most beloved middle grade protagonist, Rafe Khatchadorian, is getting the Hollywood treatment! A film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, and Thomas Barbusca smashes into theaters in October 2016.

In his acclaimed and number-one bestselling middle-grade comic debut, Children's Choice Award Author of the Year James Patterson has never been more hilarious—or heartwarming. Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class—5,000 points! Running in the hallway—10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm—50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.

James Patterson's debut middle-grade novel addresses some of middle schoolers' biggest issues: bullies, first crushes, and finding out what makes each of us special, all with a hilarious main character and fantastic in-text illustrations that are sure to have young readers begging for more!

Editorial Reviews

For Rafe Khatchadorian, middle school is a boring, annoying distraction. To transcend the doldrums, he's devised a plan to outflank the oppressive administration: He has vowed to break every rule in the school's straightjacket Student Code of Conduct. At first, it's fun; then things gets much too serious, much too soon. A James Patterson-concocted comic journal story with Diary of a Wimpy Kid-like echoes. Now in trade paperback.

The New York Times
It's a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It's filled with energetic cartoons... that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons. Patterson... knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising—even touching—twists.... Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold.
The Associated Press
Cleverly delves into the events that make middle school so awkward: cranky bus drivers, tardy slips, bathroom passes and lots of rules.... Hopefully, this isn't the last we hear from Rafe Khatchadorian.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
There is substance as well as appeal here.... Patterson deftly manages the pace of revelations that take readers deeper into Rafe's fragile trust.... Readers ready for something else in the same vein but more substantive than Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Peirce's Big Nate should be introduced to Rafe.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
The first of seven books in the “Middle School series,” this title introduces Rafe Khatchadorian, the self-proclaimed “tragic hero” who is the likeable narrator for this story of sixth grade conflict and angst. Rafe does not fit in at the middle school; his artistic sensibility and inward personality bridle against the locked-down nature of the institution and the social cliques that keep him out. With his quiet best friend Leo, Rafe copes with his feelings by making a plan to break every rule. Meanwhile, his single mother’s boyfriend has settled in at their residence, much to the dismay of Rafe and his sister Georgia. As told (and drawn) by Rafe, sixth grade is one crazy, tumultuous year that culminates in a battle with his foe and expulsion from school. But he has survived and—believe it or not—better days are ahead. At least, that’s what Rafe thinks at the end of this first book…Rafe is such a likeable “everyman,” it is no wonder that this book is a #1 New York Times bestseller or that a movie is in the works. Recommended for classroom, school, and public libraries; all will want to have the whole series. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 10 to 14.
Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Indiebound Bestseller
A 2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

A 2013 Hawaii's Children's Choice Award Winner
A 2013 ALSC Summer Reading List Book
A 2010 Oregon Children's Choice Award Winner
A 2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award Nomine

* "Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and... thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities.... Hand this book to misbehaving, socially awkward, or disengaged boys and girls.... 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."—School Library Journal, starred review"

A keen appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.... a perfectly pitched novel."—Los Angeles Times"

Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations... add depth and humor.... an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy."—Library Media Connection"

The book's... 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."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316101691
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
James Patterson's Middle School Series , #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
8,310
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1346 reviews.
emo-kid-vince More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at an airport but i read it on a 2hr flight to florida and it was amazing how the author wrote this though the charicters prespective. It also has an emotiona side that yoing readers will appel to. The ending is a surprise that is unpredoctable witch is why i love this book. In addition its very visual with the drawings between chapters. Its worth the proce on the nook the actual book is 15$
Balina More than 1 year ago
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.
Angel Webb More than 1 year ago
This book is great if you like diary of a wimpy kid,big nate,etc.
Zanymom More than 1 year ago
My son read this book in two days on the nook. He's 11 & in the 6th grade & really liked this book. :) It kept his interested & he's not a huge reader.
TexRogers More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book and we have all kids my age have had to have that first day in Middle School. There is a " Miller The Killer" in all schools and this book made me laugh having been in some the same situations. The book is funny and any middle school student will get a real kick out of this book. The drawing will remind you of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and The Defense Of Thaddeus Ledbetter. They are cool. Read it! You will like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written kids (9-14) book if you are looking for a delightful funny entertaining book chose this one!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 years old in 6th grade and the title got me thinking that school really is the worst. Especially when your dealing with the dress codes, tardy slips, and extra homework. I personaly think that this book is better than anything i yave ever read. Even better than the entire series of diary of a wimpy kid and i wish there is going to be another one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so awsome i could read it like a 1000 times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for a rising middle schooler like me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was an awesome book!!!
Anthony Sherrill More than 1 year ago
The book was great. It was a page turning easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 10 and about to go to middlw school next year so yhis book is a big help to prep me for my 3 years in middle school
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I couldn't put it down if you've read the diary of a wimpy kid series its kinda like that.I defenitly recomend. Thanks for reading ~stylus8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg luv this book soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good im confused tgough is lea imagianary? Thats what the author majes it look like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and everything about it is great. i love the illistrations and it is very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey I luv it and I'm a girl I totally recommend it for kids 8-13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher in 5th grade is reading it to the class in homeroom it rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im a little girl im 9 and i love this book this book is reccomended for any kid out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book was the best book I¿ve ever read. I¿m not much of a reader, but this one was pretty good. The author meant for it to be entertaining. I think anyone with a humors and jokeful personality would love this book. I have that personality, so now you know why I liked this so much. It wasn¿t that funny, but it really interested me. The book¿s about a boy who starts a new point in his life, but doesn¿t enjoy it very well. He¿s bullied, changed, and disappointed. After a little more, you start to think he¿s a hot shot. The book has a lot of mixed feelings. I don¿t think that it should be a comedy because it wasn¿t as funny as it said it was going to be. I think he should have made it a little bit funnier. He did an awesome job with getting the message (don¿t let your surroundings change you) across. I personally think it was better than The Giver. I¿m saying this because; I¿m a funny, outgoing, jokey type of person. So, in my opinion, I think that The Giver, compared to this book, was boring.Overall, besides the ¿¿humorous¿¿ parts, and the settings, it was pretty awesome. I recommend it for people ages 10-16 read it. It¿ll really keep you interested and busy. I think it¿s because it¿s written by James Patterson. He¿s an awesome writer.I would definitely read this book I was a 10-16 year old kid (I¿m 13). I absolutely loved it! If you can get me to say that, then the book was pretty good because I absolutely, positively hate reading! AWESOME BOOK!!!
Sydney Spires More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun, kid friendly book that shows middle school can be fun and exiting and not as boring as everyone says.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont drink and drive Dont do drugs Dont txt and drive Dont break the law
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. I reccomend this book to kids who like humorous books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1:Is Leo imaginary? 2:Is he seriously mentally screwed up which makes him want to do these? 3:Is this story about really deep things?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :D