Middle School – Books and Film Review

We had honestly never heard of the series – Middle School until, this particular campaign turned up. Now, we are so glad we did.

The Middles School series from Penguin tells the tales of Rafe, a middle school kid, who’s always getting into trouble, sometimes unknowingly. Which child would not identify with this? The ones who are constantly getting into trouble would empathise with him and the ones who don’t – I think would secretly love to be like him.

Rafe, of course, is not alone and has a group of friends who always rally around him. His friend Leo is one who is constantly by his side helping him get into and out of trouble.

We were sent the first 3 books in the series –

Middle School:The Worst Years of my Life

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.

Middle School: Get Me Out of Here

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He’s been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life!

Middle School:My Brother is a Big Fat Liar

Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She’s even bet him that she’ll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance!

And judging from the way the children read them (the older two), I’m going to have to get the entire series.

 

 

We were also lucky to be introduced to the film based on the series – Middle School:The Worst Years of My Life. The children and I enjoyed the film. I won’t spoil it for you with the entire story but it tells of Rafe joining a new school and attempting to break every rule in the school together with his trusted friends. From the pranks they pull to getting to the bottom of a scam being pulled by the principal, the film is entertaining and fun.

I would definitely recommend watching the film with your children.  It’s  good one for the family. It is available on Netflix.

The books are also funny and are great for encouraging reading. They are well written and use simple language so it fits the target age group of 7 – 12. The illustrations in the books also helps make them engaging to young ones.

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DIY Stormtrooper Costume and Star Wars Book Bundle Giveaway

As you may know, we are huge Star Wars fans – especially Ethan. He dreams Star Wars.

When we were put to the test recently by Egmont to come up with a Star Wars costume of our own, we put our minds together and came up with a challenging one. Ethan wanted to be a Stormtrooper.

I’d say it looks pretty awesome.

To make a Stormtrooper costume you will need –

  • A1 white cartridge paper
  • A4 printer paper (get the one that is thicker and has a shine to it)
  • Black thick marker
  • Sticky tape
  • Stapler
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

To make the Stormtrooper, all you need do is to cut out the different bits for the different body parts.

As we were using paper, we needed to make sure that it would secure properly so we attached strips of paper to the different parts so we could attach them to the body properly.

I used a printout of a mask for the face.

To assemble your Stormtrooper, get your child dressed in black. Ethan has a black t-shirt with black joggers.

Then get securing all the parts. I used two sheets of the A2 cartridge paper to make the torso so we had something to attach the other body parts to. I drew on a belt.

It too quite some time to make and assemble and as I completed it, I had the idea that next time I must try it out with craft foam.

It did however look really nice and Ethan was quite thrilled with it.

We were also sent a series of books – Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space

  • Book 1: The Snare
  • Book 2: The Nest
  • Book 3: The Steal
  • Book 4: The Dark
  • Book 5: The Cold

As well as –

Star Wars Rogue One – Profiles and Poster Book

AND

Star Wars Rogue One – Mission Files

The Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series are interesting and well written. I like that there are a few pictures within the book too. They are easy to read and perfect for Star Wars fans to encourage reading.

The Star Wars Rogue One Profiles book gives you the low down on all the Rogue One characters. If you haven’t seen the film you must, it is very entertaining.

Rogue One: Mission Files has a lot of facts and figures of places and characters from the film and tells you about them. Again, a book that will go down well with Star Wars fans.

Knowing that some of my readers will also be huge Star Wars fans, Egmont has kindly offered one of my readers an opportunity to win 5 books from the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series. You can win all 5 of the books mentioned above. All you need to do is enter the giveaway below.

Win a Star Wars Bundle of books from Egmont

To Grandad – Please Come Back

How do you tell a 5-year-old her very beloved grandfather has passed away?

It was the hardest thing I had to do.

Well, perhaps not. Because in actual fact, I didn’t have to tell her per se.

When I got the news that my father had passed away suddenly, my reaction got the children worried enough to know that the news was the worst. Grandad had left the world after a massive heart attack.

I could not come to terms with it. How could the children?

My father being overseas meant that I attended the funeral with my siblings. The children stayed back with Hubs and attended school.

I thought it best.

I wanted them to remember him as he had been – a loving grandfather, full of life, playing with them, talking to them.

I never hid anything from the children. They knew that Grandad was no more and he had gone to heaven to be with Grandma.

The older two could perhaps understand death better. They had been through it with my mother.

My five-year-old did not.

She wrote letter upon letter – with the same strain – Please Come Back – it said.

And it broke my heart.

As I tried to explain that Grandad was not coming back – she always retorted with – ‘but why, it’s not fair’.

Yes, it’s not fair – I wanted to scream too. But, that’s life.

70 is too young an age to die.

Especially when we didn’t get to say goodbye.

During half-term, we took the children overseas with us. To say goodbye properly.

Aeryn still thought she would see her grandfather – in the grave. She thought nothing of the fact that she would see him not living but still. As she had seen him in the photo taken during the funeral. Lifeless.

As I explained to her that Grandad was beneath the earth in the grave, she said but why can’t we see him one last time and kiss him goodbye.

I told her I had kissed him for her when I had gone back to attend the funeral.

As we stood by the grave, she realised that she would never see him again. And as I struggled to be strong for the children. I realised too – Death is Final.

The ‘Please come back’ letters stopped.

Just the ‘I Love You and Miss You’ letters remain.

To…Towels!

When I started blogging, I never thought I would dedicate a post to towels. But, then thinking of it, towels form a pretty important part of our lives.

From the moment the alarm goes off and we splash water on our faces to keep us awake to settling down at night in a warm, fluffy towelling robe with a book and hot chocolate – we’re towel dependent. And of course how could we forget the kitchen towel which makes we want to throw in the towel sometimes!

I don’t know about you but I like nothing better than stepping out of a hot bath into a luxurious towel. Personalised? Maybe!

TowelsRUs has an amazing range of towels for all your needs and I thought I would share my favourites with you. Favourite towels? Why ever not!

First up – The 8 piece Egyptian Cotton Towel bale including 2 2 large bath sheets, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 face cloths and there is a range of colours to choose from. And they can be personalised. Perfect for not getting them mixed up.

Next up – these adorable bathrobes and dressing gowns for children. Mine are constantly in their gowns simply because they are so soft and snuggly.

These are a must have – you know how you come out of a shower and get ready to do your make up only to have to use one hand to keep your towel from slipping? How lucky then to be the proud owner of a sarong towel. Goodbye slip ups, hello make up! Cheesy – I know!

 

And yes, you also need a turban towel  –

 

 

I was really surprised to see the range of different towels there were but sitting back I don’t think I ever quite realised how significant towels are in our lives. Bath towel, face towel, gym towel, towelling robe, turban towel, kitchen towel – the list is endless. And honestly – you really need at least one of each!

A post about towels? Why ever not?

Let’s face it – you can’t really do without one.