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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,872 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts Narrator: Bryan Kennedy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Middle School Series Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781609411053
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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 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.

Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious and surprisingly poignant story of a wildly imaginative one-of-kind kid that you won’t soon forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It’s filled with energetic cartoons…that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors, and flying dragons. Patterson…knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising—even touching—twists…Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold.”

    New York Times

  • “A keen appreciation of kids’ insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book…A perfectly pitched novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Cleverly delves into the events that make middle school so awkward: cranky bus drivers, tardy slips, bathroom passes, and lots of rules…Hopefully, this isn’t the last we hear from Rafe Khatchadorian.”

    Associated Press

  • “The book’s…dynamic artwork and message that ‘normal is boring’ should go a long way toward assuring kids who don’t fit the mold that there’s a place for them, too.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts offer a likeable, middle-grade underachiever, Rafe Khatchadorian…This book is engaging, funny, and quirky. What the book does that is unique is provide a glimpse at what it might be like to try to exist in a system that does not make room for variation. Rafe is much more than a preadolescent gone wild; he is an artist and a writer looking for a place to flourish. Though the book will probably appeal most to sixth graders, readers who just want a good chuckle will enjoy it too.”

    VOYA

  • “Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and…thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities…Hand this book to misbehaving, socially awkward, or disengaged boys and girls…It might help them believe that there is a place for them in the world, no matter how dire times may seem in the present.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “There is substance as well as appeal here…Patterson deftly manages the pace of revelations that take readers deeper into Rafe’s fragile trust…Readers ready for something else in the same vein but more substantive than Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Peirce’s Big Nate should be introduced to Rafe.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “An enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy.”

    Library Media Connection

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Summer 2007 Book Sense Pick for Children
  • An ALA Top Book for Teens
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KK | 2/19/2014

    " This is such a funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cadence K | 2/17/2014

    " Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life was about a kid named Rafe Khatchadorian tries to break all the rules in the Hills Village Middle School Code of Conduct book. His imaginary friend Leonardo helps Rafe break all the rules. Unfortunately Leonardo died at a young age so Rafe believes he is there when he actually is dead. I would recommend this book to 5th-8th grade boys and girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 7l2 | 2/10/2014

    " a very enjoyable and funny book! one of the best book :) read it! :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 2/7/2014

    " Cute - loved the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beccie | 2/2/2014

    " Really good book for kids who aren't big readers and for those who love to read. Adults who like a quick and light read will enjoy it too. The artwork is very cool =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/31/2014

    " I thought it was a cute, funny book and thought the ending was good. I read it to make sure it was appropriate for my brand new middle schooler and it was just fine. My 6 year old wants to read it but he might try and imitate Rafe and try to break every rule in the code of conduct...he is spunky like that. I would say this is similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 1/27/2014

    " the romantic part was awful. the rest was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zurg | 1/25/2014

    " Good book. But Rafe just gets in trouble. By the way its Rafe Katchadoreon not Rafe Kane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Sorensen | 1/23/2014

    " So far so good. This is very Diary of a Wimpy Kid-esque. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/19/2014

    " I'm a middle schooler and this book just seemed so real to me. It's like Diary of a Wimpy Kid mixed with Big Nate In A Class by Himself with clear vivid writing and one funny boy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/15/2014

    " Hysterical story and drawings - will appeal to many preteens/early teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominique | 1/3/2014

    " This was a nice book and if you like it then read James Patterson second middle school book. Middle School get me out of here "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emme Leong | 1/1/2014

    " Easy read with pictures, making the book fun. Wasn't my favorite, but was a fun book to read! I think it's a little bit more advanced than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 12/12/2013

    " It was A very heart warming story. where a boy named Rafe had a game called "operation R.A.F.E" it was ment to break every rule in the school. he would get bullied and his lifed sucked. Such a heart warming and enspiring story. You should read it it has a very good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/4/2013

    " Middle school boys will like it - fast, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dana | 7/23/2013

    " i like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raphael | 7/2/2013

    " This is an amazing book for kids in middle school. Though middle school may not be the worst years of my life, this book has characters that you can connect to (and I have the same name as the main character) and it is just a loveable book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 11/6/2012

    " This was an interesting book. Rafe decides the best way to spend his 6th grade year is to break EVERY rule in his middle school "book of conduct". Find out about the Dragon Lady, The Lizard Man, and Miller the Killer. There are consequences to the choices he makes, and he finds out the hard way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/14/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was good and funny. I was shocked at the end, the part about Leo, it had a twist. This book was also very easy to read. I liked it a lot. Easy to reading in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 8/25/2012

    " I thought it was funny! Definitely better than Diary of a Wimpy Kid series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/27/2012

    " The ending makes this redeeming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mom2wah | 6/14/2012

    " Great kids book. SImilar to Diary of a wimpy kid and dork diaries. Can't waiit to read i funny the second book in series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 6/3/2012

    " I gave this book five stars because I really liked it. It was really funny. It was about a kid who decided to break all the rules in the book, literally. He even makes it into a game. I thought it had a good ending too. It was a good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cierrab6 | 8/29/2011

    " I thought the book was good but not my favorite. The book was about a boy who went to middle school and was having the worst year of his life. He imagined his teachers to be like what you don't imagine them to be like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 8/23/2011

    " Age appropriate. Not as good as Wimpy Kid series. It did have some humorous parts though. I think part of the reason I feel this way was just non-standard writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 6/30/2011

    " This took me a day to read. It was a awesome book!!! A must read for all those who ever been in sixth grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lamby | 6/22/2011

    " It's good
    I can't believe I got it before it came out!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 6/6/2011

    " maybe better than I thought it would be...more depth in characters than I expected. This is more than a simple reluctant reader book, and not just Wimpy Kid or Dork Diary copy cat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/27/2011

    " I can see this being the next wimpy kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 12/2/2010

    " Kids are gonna love this! My book club--galley group--ate this book up! Can't wait until I am able to order it for the library! Still can't believe it's a James Patterson book! "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Bryan Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island and has been working as an actor and comedian in New York for the past several years. He has done numerous theater productions, voice-overs, commercials, and audiobooks.