Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Review: Middle School - How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Publisher: Arrow
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 27th, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Rafe Khatchadorian is ready for a fun summer at camp – until he finds out it’s a summer school camp! Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realises there’s more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side when the boys from the Cool Cabin attack. 


How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill is the fourth book in the excellent Middle School series and is a return to form after My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar left me slightly disappointed. Patterson and Tebbetts definitely make the best team when it comes to these books, and theirs are always my favourites. They're like the Middle School dream team!

In this instalment, Rafe is off to Camp Wannamorra for eight weeks of summer school-type activities set to drive him mad. He actually surprises himself and makes new friends, all of which have distinguished nicknames like Bombardier and Legend. Typical boys! Obviously nothing runs smoothly at summer camp and Rafe's "loser" group soon finds themselves pitted against the cool kids. The question is, can they survive yet another onslaught? You'll have to read it to find out!

This book is just as funny as the rest of the series and, as always, you have to read it in one sitting. Rafe's voice is so easy to like and identify with that it makes the Middle School series one of the best for 9+ readers. I now look forward to every new book in this series with a mixture of excitement and trepidation - what scrapes will Rafe get himself into next? How will he cope with all the trials and tribulations that middle school throws at him? He's doing well so far, but I can't wait to see what's lying in wait for him next!

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