James Patterson – the author I love to hate.
But if ever there is an ongoing success story in writing, it must be him. Whether he pens them on his own or in collaboration, Patterson is now an institution in mainstream writing. His books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the biggest-selling authors of all time.
Probably known best for his mystery novels, Patterson has also been hugely successful in writing for young readers. The Middle School series, which he co-authors with Chris Tebbetts, is proving a hit among young boys.
Rafe has just begun middle school, which he says is as good as being in a maximum-security prison. No choice but to attend, bad food and teachers who derive pleasure from the kids’ suffering – it’s a nightmare for any young boy who has difficulty with rules.
But Rafe has a plan. There is a big book of rules on how to behave at school. His goal is to break every single one.
Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life, was first published in 2011. This year it’s been turned into a Hollywood movie– it hit the big screen in December. The book that I received is filled with large, fun illustrations, which make the book more fun.
If they haven’t seen the movie yet, get your kids to read it before watching it – you may be surprised when they say they preferred the book.
- Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts is published by Penguin Random House