Middle School: Save Rafe!

Paper over Board | June 23, 2014

byJames Patterson, Chris TebbettsIllustratorLaura Park

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James Patterson's hilarious story of perseverance and courage shows everyone's favorite troublemaker, Rafe Khatchadorian, the star of the Middle School series, learning to become a leader at long last.

After a rough summer, Rafe is heading back to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, the site of the very worst years of his life. And as if that's not bad enough, he's learned that he's going to be held back a year unless he can prove himself on an outdoor survival excursion--complete with dangerous white-water rafting, dizzying rock climbing, and fanatical counselors. Rafe and the rest of the pack of "delinquent" trainees are forced to cooperate as they prepare for the final test: a solo excursion in the deep woods. Can Rafe come out of the experience in one piece? And if he does, will he go home as the same insecure kid?

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James Patterson's hilarious story of perseverance and courage shows everyone's favorite troublemaker, Rafe Khatchadorian, the star of the Middle School series, learning to become a leader at long last.After a rough summer, Rafe is heading back to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, the site of the very worst years of his life. And...

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Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 23, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316322121

ISBN - 13:9780316322126

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes I can This series of books, targeted at Middle School aged kids, is exemplary. The language, experiences and friendships of the kids are spot on for this audience. The illustrations take the text to a whole new level and are jammed-packed full of emotions, action and just loads of fun! I really love them a lot and having taught that grade level for many years know from personal experience that the kids would get a kick out of them too. "You heard me"! Mom shouted on the other side of the door. "YOU'RE GOING BACK TO HILLS VILLAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL!!!!" Here begins the new adventure of Rafe Khatchadorian who was terminated from Hills Village Middle and from two other private art schools. Oh my! Backed into a corner, with no other options before him, he bites the bullet and he and his mom go back to his old school to re-enroll. This may not be as easy as it seems because the harsh (almost cruel) administrators at HVMS are out to get him. Their names say it all, Mrs. Stricker and Mrs. Stonecase....now who wouldn't want them running your kid's school? The only way for Rafe to come back without having to repeat last year's work is for him to successfully complete "The Program." Now what in the world does that entail ? It is a bootcamp of sorts which requires perseverance, courage and it is mandatory to complete no matter what. Rafe knows it is his only hope of getting back into that school and even more importantly not to let his mom down once again. He accepts the challenge (rather reluctantly at first) and man's up to the tasks ahead of him. Upon his arrival at the camp he sees a motley crew of kids indeed. He recognizes crazy, delinquent, major loser and then there is himself. His leaders are cold-hearted and authoritative and give no lenience to the pack. This is what is expected of you, now carry it out and get it done pronto. No if and or buts accepted. You fail to show initiative and complete what is set before you...bye bye. The morning wake up call goes like this.... "Good morning, Cockroaches, "Time to mow down another challenge, " Sarge Fish said, "Move, move, move, move, moooooooove." The challenges set before the group require teamwork, trust and successfully completing the task to acquire coveted tokens which ensure you a ticket home. Failure means being expelled from the program and ensuring that you will spend a minimum of four years back in your middle school. Will Rafe make the cut and be a success? As the challenges become more and more difficult can he complete the tasks set before him and earn another token? Through all these hardships and tough-love scenarios Rafe has an epiphany. Why in the world would he ever want to mess up his life back home with a warm, dry house to live in, lovely home cooked meals compliments of mom and of course the fact that she is always there to to help deal with and solve his problems. He decides then and there to make a life change....one for the better and make everyone proud of him. He realizes he has value and worth and his self-esteem grows inside giving him the knowledge that after completing The Program he will succeed at Hills Village Middle school too.
Date published: 2014-07-31