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 and is available on Netflix.

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

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