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Middle School: Get Me out of Here! Hardcover – May 7 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316206717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206716
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller
An Indiebound Bestseller
One of Barnes & Noble's Best Books of 2012

Praise for Middle School: Get Me out of Here!:
"Patterson and Tebbetts have created strong characters and relationships throughout the novel. Rafe has his triumphs and failures, but he's a realistic kid whom readers would want as a friend and coconspirator."―School Library Journal

"Will be enjoyed by middle-grade boys, particularly reluctant readers."―VOYA

"Short chapters and a partially graphic format are sure to appeal."―Booklist

Praise for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life:
A 2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers title

* "As Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understanding of and compassion for the main characters."―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

"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

"It's a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It's filled with energetic cartoons... that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons. Patterson... knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising--even touching--twists.... Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold."―The New York Times

"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

"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."
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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.

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For the boy in your class who likes silly, funny stories, this is the book to get. It is a good read for a reluctant reader.
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The series turned to be a great reading experience for my 8 year old. Pictures a fund and story is clever and witty.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Hilarious! My Middle School Students Loved This Book May 18 2012
By Shawn S - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Constant action and high energy, nonstop comedy, and zillions of funny drawings June 4 2012
By KidsReads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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 14 people found the following review helpful
Charming and real May 22 2012
By Dora K - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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 well as charming illustrations that make the book even more fun.
Entertaining Book for Kids of All Ages Jan. 9 2013
By Inside Popular Kids Books - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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)...


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.




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.


"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good June 28 2014
By ReneeC - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love how much they use sarcasm it's very creative and brings life to the story. Please write more like 7th and 8 th grade middle school stuff please