Middle School, The Worst Years Of My Life


Hills Village Middle School, aka prison, has lots of rules. To make sure everyone knows what they are, Mrs. Stricker not only reads from her little green book with the Hills Village Middle School Code of Conduct, she gives every student a copy. Sixth grader Rafe Khatchadorian doesn't see it as a code as much as he sees it as a scorecard. Together, Rafe and his best friend Leo concoct Operation R.A.F.E (rules aren't for everyone). Middle school is going to be a blast!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love Wimpy Kid and Big Nate will find more friends at Hills Village Middle School, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really, because it gets kids reading. I just wish there were some fresh ideas and less stereotyping.

Young Reader Reaction

Our sixth grader laughed her way through Rafe's story of life in sixth grade. The illustrations were her favorite part, and she would get lost looking at them and forget about reading!

Parent Reaction

The story is somewhat predictable and the characters are fairly stereotypical. It is clear that this book is aimed at boys, but girls will like it too.

Type of Book:
Comic-style illustrations complement the text in this fast-paced romp through 6th grade.
Educational Themes:

This is a book to read for fun. It could be fun to look at other common rules in life and create point systems for them - but with positive outcomes.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Read by a 12-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book that will be read a couple of times, and then readers will want something else.

Title Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
Author James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
Publisher Little Brown © 2011
Illustrators Laura Park
ISBN 0316226157
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.99
Genres Family, Humor, School, Coming Of Age
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