Middle School Series in Publication Order
- The Worst Years of My Life 2011
- Get Me Out of Here! 2012
- My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar 2013
- How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill 2013
- How I Got Lost in London 2014
- Ultimate Showdown 2014
- Save Rafe! 2014
- Just My Rotten Luck 2015
- Dog’s Best Friend 2016
- Hollywood 101 2016
- Escape to Australia 2017
- From Hero to Zero 2017
- Born to Rock 2019
- Master of Disaster 2020
- Field Trip Fiasco 2021
- Dog Diaries 2018
Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life Excerpt
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off: With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class–5,000 points! Running in the hallway–10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm–50,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he’s finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he’s been avoiding.
James Patterson’s debut middle-grade novel addresses some of the middle schoolers’ biggest issues: bullies, first crushes, and finding out what makes each of us special, all with a hilarious main character and fantastic in-text illustrations that are sure to have young readers begging for more!
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! Excerpt
After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He’s been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he’s never done before, he’s going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe’s never known, he has to decide if he’s ready to have his world turned upside down.
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar Excerpt
Georgia Khatchadorian-the sister of Rafe, the star of the first two Middle School books-plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She’s even bet him that she’ll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school, but no one will give her a chance!
Even worse, Rafe has sneakily set her up to embarrass herself in front of the snooty “Princesses” who run the school and the boy who’s caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian’s sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia-a girl who’s ready to speak her mind!
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill Excerpt
Rafe Khatchadorian, the hero of the bestselling Middle School series, is ready for a fun summer at camp–until he finds out it’s a summer school camp! Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realizes there’s more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger-Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side when the boys from the Cool Cabin attack.
This fourth book in the massively popular Middle School series is an unforgettable summer of hi-jinks, new friends, and surprises, all told with the hilarity and honesty readers have come to expect from blockbuster author James Patterson.
Middle School: Ultimate Showdown Excerpt
The Khatchadorian kids are an opinionated duo, and as readers of the Middle School stories know, they don’t exactly see eye to eye. But when wild-card Rafe and mostly-straight-laced Georgia go at it, the only thing more fun than their ranting is getting to join in! Their back-and-forth banter on a range of topics-from bullying to cafeteria food to school dress codes-introduces more than 40 writing and drawing prompts and other games, along with room for readers to share their own points of view.
How I Got Lost in London
Middle School: Save Rafe! Excerpt
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?
Both heartwarming and hilarious, Save Rafe! is a story of perseverance and courage as only James Patterson could tell it.
Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck Excerpt
In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he’s now being forced to take “special” classes. He also finds himself joining the school’s football team-alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer! But Rafe has grand plans for a better year: First, he decides to start a super-secret art project that’s sure to rock the school. Then, if Rafe manages to make a play to save his team, he might have to deal with something completely new: popularity!
MIDDLE SCHOOL DOG’S BEST FRIEND Excerpt
Middle School Hollywood 101 Excerpt
Middle School Escape to Australia Excerpt
Rafe isn’t exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything‘s about to change: he’s won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure!
But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could’ve ever imagined: his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous, and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem!
Middle School: From Hero to Zero Excerpt
After a mostly-successful stint at Hills Valley Middle School, Rafe is excited to visit the incredible city of London with his class. Sightseeing around a foreign country sounds like a blast, until Rafe finds out his roommate is Miller the Killer, bully extraordinaire! Then he’s forced to work on a class project side by side with his crush Jeanne Galletta and her too-perfect boyfriend, which might be even worse than rooming with Miller.
And it’s no surprise that Rafe’s bad luck follows him across the pond, putting him in one crazy situation after another — all under the watchful eye of his bad-tempered principal. Out of all of his adventures, this trip could prove to be Rafe’s most embarrassing yet, undoing everything good he has going for him back home!
Middle School: Born to Rock Excerpt
It’s not easy being Rafe Khatchadorian’s sister. He’s got quite a reputation around school, and Georgia’s got it hard enough as is! With a super-secret crush on her classmate Sam Marks, a Rube Goldberg machine challenge to dominate, and constant confrontations with vicious Missy Trillin and her evil Princess Patrol to look forward to, Georgia can’t help but throw all her energy into the one thing that makes her happy: her kick-butt, all-girl rock band, We Stink!
When Georgia’s favourite rock band, Lulu and the Handbags, advertise a major music competition where the winner gets to jam with Lulu herself, Georgia will pull all the stops to make sure We Stink wins–even if it means asking her annoying older brother, Rafe, for help! Will his crazy ideas work, or land her in serious trouble?
Middle School: Master of Disaster Excerpt
Rafe and Jimmy, two misunderstood “troublemakers”, are finally up to something good. They’re in charge of a huge celebration of books and reading — but when a small issue snowballs into a big problem that threatens to derail the whole event, they need to work fast to keep things on track!
And the best part? Rafe and Jimmy are joined by the funniest storytellers they know, including Jamie Grimm from I Funny, Jacky Ha-Ha, the Kidd family of Treasure Hunters, and super-genius Max Einstein — everyone’s favourite characters from James Patterson’s bestselling series for kids!
Middle School: Field Trip Fiasco Excerpt
Things have quieted down for lovable troublemaker Rafe Khatchadorian, and after all the mishaps and adventures he’s been through, he’s feeling a little restless. So when he’s invited to attend an all-expenses-paid art field trip in California, Rafe jumps at the opportunity.
But things go sideways, as they always do for Rafe, when he arrives and realizes his trip isn’t the Hollywood vacation he thought it would be. Instead, he’ll be participating in a “Cultural Campout” in the desert.
What follows is a series of unfortunate events that only Rafe could find himself in, including an encounter with a cranky crocodile, a claustrophobic trip into an ancient cave, and a set of ancient cave paintings that may or may not have been faked.
To make matters worse, Rafe finds himself smack dab in the middle of a plot to smuggle a legendary missing diamond. Has he finally stumbled his way into an adventure he can’t get himself out of?
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