Monday, June 2, 2014

Middle School: Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson


Middle School:  Ultimate Showdown

By James Patterson

Blurb: Readers get a chance to participate in James Patterson's wildly successful Middle School series in this interactive book featuring more than 80 hilarious anecdotes from dueling siblings Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian--plus dozens of fun-filled activities!

The Khatchadorian kids are an opinionated duo, and as readers of the Middle School stories know, they don't exactly see eye to eye. But when wild-card Rafe and mostly-straight-laced Georgia go at it, the only thing more fun than their ranting is getting to join in! Their back-and-forth banter on a range of topics--from bullying to cafeteria food to school dress codes--introduces more than 40 writing and drawing prompts and other games, along with room for readers to share their own points of view. (Includes over 200 illustrations.)

Genres: Juvenile, Humor, Realistic Fiction 

Publication Date: March 31, 2014

Pages: 256

Series: Middle School (book 6)

My Rating: 3.5 stars

A free copy was received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I got a message from James Patterson about reviewing this book, I was ecstatic. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and this book looked really good. When I began to read Middle School: Ultimate Showdown, I was not disappointed. This is a funny and relevant book PLUS it has some really awesome activities. Plus, you don't have to read previous books in this series in order to understand what's going on, which is especially good for me because I haven't read the first five books in the Middle School series. (Yet, anyways!)

Seriously, it's funny. Yes, the humor is suited for middle schoolers (if that isn't obvious from the title) but there were still things that made me giggle. Rafe and Georgia's sibling banter is hilarious AND accurate.

This book also contains important anti-bullying messages. Not just the 'traditional' school bullying, but cyber bullying as well, which I thought made the message doubly awesome, because I haven't seen a ton of books cover that aspect of bullying.

There are word searches, mazes, mad libs, and much, much, more to add to this fun book. Some of the activities were better than others, but I will say that I found myself doing a lot of them, even though they weren't designed for my age group.

The one thing I didn't like was the number of fart jokes. I get that middle school boys will probably NOT share that opinion, but the girls who read this might. I thought the number of them in this book was a bit much. There were also some burp jokes too, but not to the extent that there were fart jokes.

All in all, this is a book that actually works for both girls and guys. It was funny and a quick read yet still contained some great message. Middle School: Ultimate Showdown will be a great read for ages 8-12. (And even if you're older than that you can still enjoy it!)

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