Get Me out of Here!
Get Me out of Here!

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Series: Middle School Vol. 2   

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Annotation: After Rafe is happily accepted into art school in a big city, he discovers more academic rigor and competition than he expected, compelling him to find inspiration in other exciting activities.
Catalog Number: #75174
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Park, Laura,
Pages: 257 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-20669-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-72941-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-20669-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-72941-4
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this sequel to Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life (2011), seventh-grader Rafe, his mom, and his sister move in with Grandma after Mom loses her job, thus ending Rafe's opportunity to attend alternative arts school Airbrook Air. Luckily, a former teacher recommends him to a nearby public arts school, where he makes a friend and launches Operation: Get a Life tempered version of his sixth-grade plan, this one involving big-city adventures. After Rafe is set up for shoplifting (by his supposed friend) and bullied for his honesty, he runs away, resulting in a return to his old town, where Airbrook Air awaits. Short chapters and a partially graphic format are sure to appeal. Subplots involving Rafe's missing father; adventures with his imaginary brother and muse, Leo; and Rafe's emerging talent as an artist are also well handled, although they create a more subdued tone than in the previous book. Maturity is on Rafe's horizon, but hopefully readers will be able to vicariously experience his eighth-grade adventures before it arrives. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ever heard of this guy Patterson? Well, the publisher is plunking down a $2 million marketing campaign that ought to blanket all kinds of media, including those not yet invented.
Horn Book
After moving to the city, Rafe starts at a new art school, makes a friend, searches for his missing father, and begins a self-improvement mission called "Operation: Get a Life." While trouble follows Rafe into seventh grade, he learns from his experiences, growing as an artist and an individual. Illustrated with energetic drawings, the realistic story of this down-on-his-luck everykid is worth a read.
School Library Journal
Gr 5&11;8&12; After being expelled from sixth grade in Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life (Little, Brown, 2011), Rafe Khatchadorian plans to turn himself around at an art school but meets an unexpected snag. The school is in a big city where his grandmother lives, and when his mother loses her job, they move in with her. Being the new kid takes its toll on Rafe's good intentions, and he soon runs afoul of the principal for tossing water balloons off the school roof onto students who criticized his artwork. The main narrative follows Rafe's efforts to keep his promise to his mother&12;and himself&12;to stay out of trouble. His dicey influences include Matt, his first school friend; and Silent Leo, Rafe's imaginary best friend and spirit of his deceased twin brother. Park's perfectly placed, detailed, humorous illustrations capture Rafe's struggles as well as his wild imagination and wry observations. The art often replaces the text entirely, effectively conveying the story for an entire chapter. A subplot involving Rafe's father, who left the family when his son was four years old, reflects the boy's growing maturity: "Like maybe if I could find out more about who my father was, I might find out more about me too." Patterson and Tebbetts have created strong characters and relationships throughout the novel. Rafe has his triumphs and failures, but he's a realistic kid whom readers would want as a friend and coconspirator.&12; M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
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Word Count: 25,790
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 151572 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q58126
Lexile: 680L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

Live large with James Patterson's winning follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestsellerMiddle School, The Worst Years of My Life.

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down.

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