Middle School Mayhem
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Annotation: Max confronts a band of burglars stealing from the middle school.
Catalog Number: #143592
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 228 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-46003-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-98258-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-46003-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98258-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017937154
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Max Crumbly is back, blundering through his second misadventure. When readers last saw the white middle schooler, he had just plunged out of the school's "vast, labyrinth-like" ventilation system onto the pizza ordered by the three bumbling, white crooks who have taken advantage of the three-day weekend to execute the most incompetent computer heist ever. They are fortunate that it's dimwitted Max who's locked in with them. Unbeknownst to them, however, his new, smart friend Erin, also white, is on the phone with Max and has hacked her way into the school computer and now controls all its systems. With Erin's help, it should be easy for Max to thwart the crime, retrieve his father's precious comic book, and escape the building. Alas, it is not. As in series opener Locker Hero (2016), Max's journal provides a play-by-play of the episode (including cartoons of scenes he could not have witnessed), elongated by digressions and larded with vomit and excrement jokes. Also as before, Max's faux hand-lettered account features cross-outs and emendations that make little to no sense. A couple of well-paced cartoon-only sequences offer effective (if gross) slapstick, but they cannot compensate for the overall unfunniness of the caper. Kids who want to see this sort of adventure done well should opt for Varian Johnson's Jackson Greene books; kids who are charmed by puke jokes may find this mildly diverting. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)
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Word Count: 16,172
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 189879 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q71725
Lexile: 670L
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2


I knew middle school was going to be challenging, but I never expected to end up DEAD in the computer lab, wearing a SUPERHERO COSTUME, with four slices of PIZZA stuck to my BUTT!

My morning actually started out pretty normal. . . .

Hey, I'm NOT stupid! I KNEW I wasn't superhero material! But that never stopped me from staring in the mirror and wishing . . .

. . . that one day an average kid like me could actually make a difference. You know, do something great!

Yeah, right! WHO was I kidding?! My situation was HOPELESS! I could never change the world. . . .

But then I had a brilliant idea! Just maybe, I could CHANGE the MAN in the mirror! HOW? . . .

By using my knowledge of anatomy, my awesome drawing skills . . .


Yeah, you're right. I guess you could call me kind of . . . WEIRD!

But it's all GOOD! Most of the famous superheroes and infamous villains are ALSO a little disturbed. So I like to think of it as untapped potential.

You're probably sitting there wondering HOW I managed to create such a HUMONGOUS MESS (I mean the mess at my school, NOT the mess in my bathroom).

It all started when Doug Thug Thurston shoved me into my LOCKER after school. Unfortunately, I was trapped inside there for HOURS!!

I'm not going to lie to you! I totally FREAKED!

But give me a break!

I was all alone. In a dark and creepy school building. Locked INSIDE my locker.


Honestly, dude! YOU would have freaked out too!

Anyway, after what seemed like forever, I finally managed to escape through the ventilation system.

But as I was passing the computer lab, I accidentally stumbled upon three burglars in the process of stealing the school's brand-new computers! It was SURREAL!

I started thinking about how I'm such a LOSER that kids at school call me BARF because I accidentally threw up my oatmeal on Thug's shoe in PE class.

Sorry, but if you had seen those pus-filled ZITS on his face up close, you would have thrown up too!

Anyway, I FINALLY had the chance to completely CHANGE my pathetic life. HOW?!

By stopping the burglars and saving the school's computers while at the same time impressing Erin, president of the computer club!

But don't get it TWISTED! It's not like I'm crushing on her or something! I BARELY know the girl!!

And then, B O O M ! !

My rep would BLOW UP, and I'd instantly go from ZERO to HERO!


This, my friends, is the very STRANGE but TRUE tale of how I fought EVIL and INJUSTICE in the DANK, DARK, DANGEROUS halls of South Ridge Middle School.

I've documented every detail in my journal, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, which I keep with me wherever I go. So let's pick up right where I left off in my last entry. . . .

I had just outsmarted those bungling burglars and was BLASTING through my school like a rocket to go exchange intel by cell phone with my trusty sidekick, Erin! . . .



Okay, I'll admit I may have exaggerated a little. This is what REALLY happened. . . .

Excerpted from Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell
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From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell comes the second book in an all-new series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School—and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals!

Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom?

Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

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