The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson audiobook

The Worst Years of My Life

By James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Read by Bryan Kennedy

Hachette Book Group, Little, Brown Young Readers

The Middle School Series: Book 1

4.13 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $9.98

    ISBN: 9781611130256

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—five thousand points! Running in the hallway—ten thousand points! Pulling the fire alarm—fifty thousand 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. Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won’t soon forget.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A New York Public Library Book for Teens

A Summer 2007 Book Sense Pick for Children

An ALA Top Book for Teens

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—five thousand points! Running in the hallway—ten thousand points! Pulling the fire alarm—fifty thousand 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. Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative, one-of-kind kid that you won’t soon forget.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It’s filled with energetic cartoons…that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors, and flying dragons. Patterson…knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising—even touching—twists…Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold.” New York Times
“A keen appreciation of kids’ insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book…A perfectly pitched novel.” Los Angeles Times
“Cleverly delves into the events that make middle school so awkward: cranky bus drivers, tardy slips, bathroom passes, and lots of rules…Hopefully, this isn’t the last we hear from Rafe Khatchadorian.” Associated Press
“Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and…thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities…Hand this book to misbehaving, socially awkward, or disengaged boys and girls…It might help them believe that there is a place for them in the world, no matter how dire times may seem in the present.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“The book’s…dynamic artwork and message that ‘normal is boring’ should go a long way toward assuring kids who don’t fit the mold that there’s a place for them, too.” Publishers Weekly
“An enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy.” Library Media Connection
“There is substance as well as appeal here…Patterson deftly manages the pace of revelations that take readers deeper into Rafe’s fragile trust…Readers ready for something else in the same vein but more substantive than Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Peirce’s Big Nate should be introduced to Rafe.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts offer a likeable, middle-grade underachiever, Rafe Khatchadorian…This book is engaging, funny, and quirky. What the book does that is unique is provide a glimpse at what it might be like to try to exist in a system that does not make room for variation. Rafe is much more than a preadolescent gone wild; he is an artist and a writer looking for a place to flourish. Though the book will probably appeal most to sixth graders, readers who just want a good chuckle will enjoy it too.” VOYA

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Author

Author Bio: James Patterson

Author Bio: James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 375 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

Author Bio: Chris Tebbetts

Author Bio: Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of James Patterson’s Middle School series. Originally from Yellow Spring, Ohio, Tebbetts is a graduate of Northwestern University. He lives and writes in Vermont.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.13
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English