Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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by James Patterson, Laura Park, Bryan Kennedy
     
 

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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!

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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.

Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious-and surprisingly poignant-story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won't soon forget.

Editorial Reviews

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611130256
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Middle School Series, #1
Sales rank:
1,201,593
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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 8 ratings. 1342 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