39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2012
This is a fantastic read for anyone in middle school or about to go into middle school. I'm an elementary school teacher. I gave this book to one of my boy students who is in fifth grade and who is a reluctant reader. I've never seen him so excited about a book. He couldn't put it down during our reading periods. When he finished, he asked me for something else to read. The pictures are hilarious and the main character has a great way of talking to kids an relating to them. I passed it to another student and he loved it as well. Your kids will love it, too!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
Rafe Khatchadorian barely survived the sixth grade, but with the help of his teacher, he was accepted to Airbrook Arts Community School. Life is looking up, and Rafe anticipates expanding his art talents. But then disaster strikes. Rafe's mom loses her job and is forced to move to the big city and live with Grandma Dotty. It's not an ideal situation because Grandma Dotty's house is small and crowded, forcing Rafe to sleep on the living room sofa. Rafe's mom searches for a new job, but she isn't having any luck. Fortunately, Rafe is accepted to a different art school, where he meets Matty the Freak, who becomes his first real live friend.
Then comes Rafe's first art assignment critique, where the students hang their artwork in front of the entire class for everyone's comments. It doesn't go well, and Rafe gains a new enemy. But according to his teacher, art and life are very interconnected, and Rafe decides that in order to improve his art, he needs to expand his experiences. So he creates a brand new mission. Operation "Get A Life" challenges Rafe to discover 195 new experiences in 195 days, the number of days he has until the big spring art show at school. He has a lot of work ahead of him in order to accomplish his goal, and Matty the Freak is there for him.
Matty also proves to be a big help when Rafe decides to track down information on his father, whom he hasn't seen since he was little. However, Grandma Dotty has some photos, and Rafe utilizes his detective skills to crack the case. Of course, experiencing life isn't all about good stuff. Unfortunately, the combination of Rafe's active imagination, his mission, and Matty the Freak land him in trouble over and over again. Not only will Rafe's imagination have to work overtime in order to accomplish his goal and track down his dad, it will need to come up with ways to endure the many punishments he finds himself earning along the way. But Rafe is ready for the challenge.
With constant action and high energy, nonstop comedy, and zillions of funny drawings, this is a perfect series for both reluctant and adamant readers. Authors James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, along with illustrator Laura Park, even add in a bit of mystery as Rafe tries to track down information on his missing father. Kids will relate to and bond with Rafe, who is hilariously funny but has trouble making friends and often gets into massive trouble thanks to his incredible imagination. Rafe has a good heart, though, and he exposes it in his search to experience life to the fullest. Fans will be thrilled to learn that a third Middle School adventure is in the works.
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on June 1, 2012
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
Fun, realistic, totally honest book about the ups and downs (mostly downs) of being a middle schooler. Anybody who has a middle-schooler, or who has ever been one, will surely relate. Rafe Khatchadorian is the perfect Everyman (Everykid?) -- a typical pre-teen who's just trying to find his footing in a tricky world. It's filled with issues and ideas to talk about, as a family...as well as charming illustrations that make the book even more fun.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
As a person that doesn't read much, this was a great book. It was hilarious, and sometimes sad. A great recommendation to middle-schoolers. It also includes a preview of James Patterson's next book, I FUNNY.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
I LOVE this book! I own the first book in this series, Middle school: The Worst Years of My Life. I just absolutely loved it! If you haven't already read this book, Buy it, and read it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2015
This is the second book in the Middle School series and it did not let my sons down.It's the story of a young man who is starting 7th grade in an art school. He's super stoked about this because as the first book chronicled, 6th grade was the worst year of his life. When he gets to his new school and reality hits him that it's not all fun and games, and on top of it all, he has to now compete to be one of the big dogs in school, he sets out to learn new things. It's adventurous and he uncovers things he never knew about his family. My sons aged 12 and 13 adore this book, along with the rest of the series. Would recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
Length: 258 pages.
This is a cool book that will capture its targeted audience without alienating adults or older teens.
I read this with an eye towards reading to toddlers, but found it to be better suited as a gift to new teens trying to adjust to life in 7th or 8th grades. All I can say is that the writing is perfect and the cartoon illustrations are a great addition.
Sort of a cross between Diary of a Wimp and Dennis the Menace.
I'm sure this is and will continue to be a huge hit.
on January 9, 2013
When Rafe Khatchadorian gets accepted into art school in the big city, he thinks the seventh grade will be a breeze.
Wrong! His classes - not to mention the other students - are more competitive than he ever imagined. To survive, he needs a plan - Operation: Get a Life!
However, as Rafe sets out to do 195 things he's never done before, he uncovers family secrets that change everything.
Is "Middle School: Get Me Out of Here" as kid-friendly as its predecessor? You're about to find out (spoilers ahead)...
THE GOOD STUFF
Rafe wants to do a good job in art school so he can stay in the program. So this time he follows the rules - instead of breaking them.
Now this doesn't mean that Rafe doesn't make questionable choices and get in a mess of trouble. But his heart is in the right place.
Other than Rafe and his friend Matty getting a little roughed up by his Uncle Hairy, violence in "Middle School: Get Me Out of Here" is virtually non-existent.
OTHER NEGATIVE STUFF
Rafe has a little issue with revenge. For example, when his artwork is criticized by two students, he gets even by pummeling them with water balloons. And later he steals a student's sculpture for revenge.
Plus, Rafe sneaks into an R-rated movie... takes money from his mom without asking... and lies on more than one occasion.
MY TWO CENTS
"Middle School: Get Me Out of Here" is an entertaining and heartwarming book about a kid who decides to live life to the fullest. Its refreshing lack of bad language and violence - combined with quirky illustrations, likeable characters, and clever plotting - make it a book both kids and parents can love.
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