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Middle School: It's a Zoo in Here: Middle School, Book 14

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Misfit is put in charge of animals in funny, warm adventure.

Upset middle school child

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Combined with animals galore and the funny narration of a misfit kid, the illustrations on almost every page help make for a fast, fun read of a heartwarming story. Middle School: It's a Zoo in Here, is another hit in James Patterson's series for young readers who sometimes feel like even when they try their hardest they can't do anything right. The chaos that follows Rafe Khatchadorian isn't always his fault, and his inner monologue is a sweet, laughable look at the thought process of a young teen.

Penelope's stutter and how she manages it could be an entire story of its own: She's a detailed, complex, and interesting character even without Rafe beside her. The end of the book has a note about how to help animals in danger.

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