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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers get a bird's eye view of the curriculum at a visual-arts middle school.
Although Rafe is no goody-two-shoes and often gets in trouble, he's a good kid who tries to follow the rules and make good choices. Unfortunately, run-ins with the school bullies create problems, and Rafe doesn't always do the right thing. His brand-new friend also leads him astray. In spite of that, readers will admire Rafe's determination.
Positive Role Models
Rafe has all the awkwardness and geekiness of a typical middle school boy, but underneath he's a nice kid. Although his decisions aren't always good, his intentions usually are. The book often portrays teachers as mean or out to get kids, but many, like Dragonlady Donatella, turn out to be kind and helpful. Rafe's mom is a hardworking, kind single mother who also dreams of being an artist.
"Heck" and "dummies" are as rough as the language gets.
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Products & Purchases
The authors use Rafe and the last pages of this book to promote another book about middle-schooler Jamie Grimm.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! is the sequel to James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts' Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life, both of which chronicle -- with humor -- the life of loner/misfit Rafe, a gifted artist with a good heart. Tweens will relate to Rafe, his often-misunderstood intentions, and his middle school awkwardness. This book shows a mean side of school -- bullies, cyberbullying, and what happens when a friendship turns sour -- things that most middle school kids deal with everyday. The abundant illustrations add fun and insight.
Is It Any Good?
Reluctant readers will relate to Rafe and his real middle school issues in this plot-driven story. As in the first book, illustrations play a key role in MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE! by telling what's going on in Rafe's overactive imagination. Rafe's drawings (by illustrator Laura Park) add a narrative of their own and a complexity that fleshes out the story.
Although humorous, Rafe's antics give readers plenty to think about as he navigates his new middle school. The balance of humor and real-life issues make this face-paced book a good choice for tweens who are ready to move on from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate books.
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