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Review by Mia Madden, aged 11.
This is the sixth book in the Middle School series, but you don't have to read them in order. This is the first one that I read.
Rafe Khatchadorian is a boy who always seems to get into trouble. It's back to school time and Rafe is not looking looking forward to it. He was in trouble last term, and to be re-enrolled, back with his class, he has to go on a military camp-style wilderness expedition. He has no idea what to expect and doesn't know anyone else going there. All eight kids are there for a reason and need to learn about respect and teamwork.
I loved this book. It was hilarious, had lots of funny illustrations and there were even some pages that were comic strips. Rafe was funny but a little bit stupid. He struck out with a girl from school many, many times and his heart was broken. The other characters, Burp, Thea, Veronica, Arnie, Diego, DJ and Carmen, join Rafe in learning how to make fire, go white water rafting and climb mountains. It seems one of the girls even had a crush on Rafe!
This book made me want read more of the Middle School series. I think james Patterson is a brilliant writer and the illustrations by Laura Park were great! I think kids who like David Walliams and Barry Loser would love this series too.
Middle School: Save Rafe! is published by Arrow on 9th October 2014 and is available in Hardback and ebook format.