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Parents' Guide to

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill: Middle School, Book 4

By Barbara Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Rafe goes to camp, faces bullying, copes with gross humor.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Wonderful book for kids

This book is good for kids, it teaches them that the adults are people too and no smarter than the children. People that create crazy rules like going 2 times in the restroom or all of the restriction and bad treatment that comes from school. If you want to rise healthy and independent individual , young women and man with critical thinking that is the right book. It has a lot of sense of humor and the point of view of the author represent the voice of the children.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (4 ):

This fourth book, which sees Rafe continuing his daily battles with bullies, is the least interesting of Patterson's Middle School series, with a less cohesive plot and characters. That said, there are some interesting twists. The scary bunkmate Legend turns out to have a kind heart and helps protect the other Muskrats from the bullying Bobcats. Norman, whom Doolin had given the camp nickname "Booger Eater" years ago, reveals to Rafe a bit about his unhappy home life and abusive father. For Norman, coming to Camp Wannamorra is a picnic compared with a summer at home.

Norman's love of reading is his key to survival, and he's able to turn Rafe on to the joy of books. Ultimately, even with its weaknesses, the book's middle school humor and engaging illustrations will appeal to many readers.

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