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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:
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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.”


  • “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 #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Carla | 2/7/2014

    " Cute - loved the ending! "

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