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Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life Paperback – November 6, 2012
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"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
* "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
"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."―The Associated Press
Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations . . . add depth and humor. . . . an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy."
―Library Media Connection
"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."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About 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.
Top customer reviews
These other choices have been written by authors who seem to actually value what they're doing, and try to do something beyond just paint-by-the-numbers books. I'd suggest trying some Tom Angleberger, Michael Buckley, Andrew Clements, Eoin Colfer, Bruce Coville, Ron Koertge, Gary Paulsen or Richard Peck. Each of these established authors has written very satisfying, and funny and thoughtful, middle grade fiction.
And if you want a book exactly like this one, but funnier , more engaging, and more authentic and better written, try any of Greg Heffley's volumes in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series from Jeff Kinney.
I think everyone should read this
I recommend NOT to go out of order
My favorite part was when he ran down the hall as a ninja I am going to be in middle school next year so I will use it for sure and I can't wait to read book two james Patterson is awesome I like you Daniel x books and i funny books my friends read Jacky ha ha but I haven't I will soon but I have a lot to read right now(mostly your books)when I read out of order I accidentally started on middle school broccoli bullies and snake hill for sure that was my favorite book of the series but the rest are still amazing please keep going and lots more books I hope to come, -A 5th grade james Patterson fan
I received this FREE, but not for my review, it as a Kindle Promotion.
The mix of childish drawings and funny stories have been a hit with readers of all ages and even spawned three hit movies.
In an attempt to capitalize on this trend several authors have tried to duplicate the success of Jeff Kinney. Some work. Some do not. This one does not. I only read the first 20 chapter preview and I'm so glad I didn't invest the time or money into the whole book. I found it to be a cheap imitation and not at all memorable; in fact I was bored.
It may be interesting to someone who is actually in middle school but I don't see how. If you want to read something light and funny or give a book to a kid who will find a new love of reading, this isn't it.
I read this two days ago and I can honestly say I don't remember any of it. That's how dull I found it. I definitely recommend this book... to stay away from.