Saturday, 21 June 2014

Review: Middle School - Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson and Julia Bergen

Publisher: Arrow
Format: Hardcover
Released: May 22nd, 2014
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

The Khatchadorian kids are an opinionated duo, and as readers of the Middle School stories know, they don't exactly see eye to eye. But when wild-card Rafe and mostly-straight-laced Georgia go at it, the only thing more fun than their ranting is getting to join in! Their back-and-forth banter on a range of topics - from bullying to cafeteria food to school dress codes - introduces more than 40 writing and drawing prompts and other games, along with room for readers to share their own points of view.


The fifth book in James Patterson's co-authored Middle School series, Ultimate Showdown is a really great pick for reluctant readers. Not only is it funny and easy to get into, it's also interactive and invites the reader to record their own ideas, complete numerous puzzles and jot down their thoughts. For any kids who struggle to read or find the enthusiasm to grab a book, Ultimate Showdown is a fantastic starting point.

The main gist of Ultimate Showdown is a 'how to survive middle school' showdown between siblings Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian. Each takes it in turns to offer up advice and wisdom about middle school, focusing on serious topics such as bullies and homework as well as more fun stuff like school dances and clothing style. The alternating story is told in a humorous way, making this book a fast, enjoyable read for any age group.

Fully illustrated throughout by the talented Alec Longstreth, Ultimate Showdown is a great way to lose a couple of hours. It's entertaining and accessible to younger readers, but it's also educational. Parents will have a great time flicking through this one with their children, and their children will want nothing more than to dive straight in and write their list of dumbest chores of all time. It's a win-win for everyone involved!

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