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Middle School: Escape to Australia

Written by James Patterson
Part of the Middle School Series

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February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Rafe Khatchadorian heads down under

In this special episode of the hugely popular Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian, surely everyone’s favourite reformed troublemaker, has won a special art competition, first prize an all-expenses paid trip to Australia. Rafe isn’t sure he wants to go – he’s worried about snakes, sharks and all those other deadly indigenous creatures – but Australia isn’t ready for Rafe either: by the end of the book he and his mum, who accompanies him, are facing down an angry mob waving pitchforks. Finding out just what leads up to this is very funny indeed and readers will be pleased to hear that Rafe still returns home something of a hero. Kids everywhere will identify with Rafe, and especially those who just can’t help attracting trouble; he’s a very special hero, and Patterson’s narrative technique means the pages turn almost by themselves. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review this titles. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'This book is funny and jam-packed with action. My favourite character is Ellie, who is the leader of The Outsiders.'
  • Ethan, age 9 - 'Amazing. Funny. 10/10! You will laugh until you cry.If you are new to the hilarious series of ‘Middle School’ this is a great book to get you started.'
  • Dylan Pritchard, age 10 - 'The best book I've read in ages - really funny. I definitely recommend this book.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I recommend it to 9+. If you like adventure, this is the book for you. I give it 5*****. If you like Tom Gates, you’ll like this book as well.'
  • Oscar Knight, age 11 - Blenheim Primary School - 'A fantastic book that you can never put down. Rafe is a fantastic character who is relateable and kind. This book has inspired me to read the others and watch the film!'

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Synopsis

Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson

Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Rafe isn't exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything's about to change: he's won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could've ever imagined; his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous, and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem!

Previously published as Middle School: Rafe's Aussie Adventure.

Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here.

Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the movie at middleschoolmovie.com.

Reviews

Praise for the Middle School series:

“An excellent read” The Guardian Children’s Website on Middle School: Lost in London

“A great pick for reluctant readers” Amazon.co.uk reviewer on Middle School: Ultimate Showdown

“Middle School is my favourite set of books” Amazon.co.uk reviewer on Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill

About the Author

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

If you are a teacher CLICK HERE to download a free Middle School resource to help get kids reading.

James Patterson's top tips to get your kids - even the most reluctant ones - reading!

* Find books your kids love.

Talk with your child about their interests. Kids read more if they read what they like. E-reader, paperbacks, hard covers, comic books are all fine. Reading is the goal!

* Get a Library Card in your child's name.

Visit your library…the resources they have for the summer are usually terrific. And the Children's Librarian will usually bend over backwards to help your child find fun stuff to read.

* "Buddy Read" together.

Model reading with your child. Read the same books together, and talk about them.

* Create a Reading Club with friends.

It's always more fun if you can share the experience.

* Reward progress.

Set goals with your child, and track their achievements. Give them little "awards" for progress.

* Travel with your books wherever you go.

Take them to the beach, in the car, on vacations, and to the pool. Make the "in between" moments count. Put books everywhere your kids might be bored and want to turn on the TV, such as the breakfast table, the bedside table—wherever.

* Remember: it's up to you to make it fun.

Reading is fun! If it isn't, keep at it till they find books they can't put down. Then reward yourself, Mom and Dad, because you have just given your child the best present you could ever have imagined: the gift of reading—for life.

Visit ReadKiddoRead.com to find out more about this fantastic campaign.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Author

James Patterson
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Author's Website

www.jamespatterson.co.uk/

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Publisher

Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone

Publication date

8th February 2018

ISBN

9781784758172

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