Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
by Patterson, James; Tebbetts, Chris; Park, Laura (ILT)

A follow-up to the #1 New York Times best-seller, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, continues the misadventures of Rafe, who after being happily accepted into art school in a big city discovers more academic rigor and competition than he expected, compelling him to find inspiration in other exciting activities. Co-written by the award-winning author of the Daniel X series.

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

In this sequel to Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life (2011), seventh-grader Rafe, his mom, and his sister move in with Grandma after Mom loses her job, thus ending Rafe's opportunity to attend alternative arts school Airbrook Air. Luckily, a former teacher recommends him to a nearby public arts school, where he makes a friend and launches Operation: Get a Life-a tempered version of his sixth-grade plan, this one involving big-city adventures. After Rafe is set up for shoplifting (by his supposed friend) and bullied for his honesty, he runs away, resulting in a return to his old town, where Airbrook Air awaits. Short chapters and a partially graphic format are sure to appeal. Subplots involving Rafe's missing father; adventures with his imaginary brother and muse, Leo; and Rafe's emerging talent as an artist are also well handled, although they create a more subdued tone than in the previous book. Maturity is on Rafe's horizon, but hopefully readers will be able to vicariously experience his eighth-grade adventures before it arrives. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ever heard of this guy Patterson? Well, the publisher is plunking down a $2 million marketing campaign that ought to blanket all kinds of media, including those not yet invented. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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