Saturday, October 20, 2012
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, by James Patterson
The result is a lively story, with a questionable moral compass that is perfect for younger readers. The book is enhanced with drawings and cartoons (by Laura Park) that capture perfectly the mindset of a sixth-grade boy in all of its awkward immaturity. This is a story that will remind female readers of how stupid boys can be, but Rafe has a heart of gold and learns a lot from his exploration of naughtiness, and so ultimately it redeemed. Mixed in gently, a mature theme about domestic abuse is also dealt with in an age-appropriate fashion.