Middle School the Worst Years of My Life
By James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
Grades 5-7 281 pages
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Here we see a whole new side of author James Patterson, who is best known for awesome fantasy series, Maximum Ride. This realistic fiction novel–is the story of Rafe Khatchadorian, a boy on the verge of his first day of Middle School. He knows it is going to be awful–it is kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy–if you anticipate it being awful it will be! During homeroom Rafe has his first encounter with Miller the Killer, the class bully and then they get called to an assembly. The assembly wouldn’t have been bad except after the introductions the principal is going to go through the Hills Village Middle School of Conduct. All twenty six pages of it–word by word. That did it for Rafe, egged on by Leo the Silent, his “invisible friend” he decides to take the entire 6th grade year to break every single rule in the Code of Conduct! Leo scribbles some rules and great drawings of how things should play out in his spiral notebook. So his first step, was to slip out of the assembly and set off the fire alarm–he pulled it off and Leo the Silent awarded him 50,000 points in now what is called Operation R.A.F.E. (Rules Aren’t For Everyone). Follow Rafe’s 6th grade year as he attempts to break every rule, deal with mom’s new boyfriend and as tries to figure out who he really is. This bad boy book will have you laughing out loud when you read the antics and see the drawings. I think Patterson is on the verge of another bestselling series!