Sunday, July 24, 2011

No IMM, But on My Radar...

I just don't foresee time to sit down and do an IMM (maybe I will surprise us both), but I did want to spotlight a book that is on my radar, and will hopefully be IMM soon!

James Patterson, a favorite among many people, has a new book out about middle school...and being that I am a middle school teacher, I am interested. And then I heard the title Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life. Now I wasn't just interested, I could relate! Not because I hated my own middle school years (I really can't remember what they were like) but because I see students everyday try to make it through one of the toughest times for kids.

My immediate thought was to start out reading this book to my class at the beginning of the year since I teach 6th grade, so it would be a great introduction to the year to read something humorous, and something that would make students realize they aren't alone.

Patterson has offered the first twenty chapters of this book for free, and I highly recommend it...better yet, pick yourself up a copy so you can read the whole thing! There is even an iPhone app for this book, check it out!

Book Summary:

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.

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.

Visit James Patterson's website HERE
Read the first twenty chapters FREE HERE


  1. I've heard of this one! Actually saw it on TV when James was advertising it! Sounds pretty interesting! Hope you have a chance to get it some day!

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  2. I saw this at Target yesterday. I put it into my 7th grader's hands but he put it back down. It sounds like something that he would really like. Maybe I'll try again in a couple months.

  3. That Patterson book looks really good. I know a lot of people give the author a lot of guff for popping our books like a candy machine but I enjoy many of his reads and am thrilled that he is dabbling in other genres.