This is the fourth book in the “Middle School” series by James Patterson. It is a fast paced read and contains a lot of great, funny graphics. The book keeps you laughing all the way through but at the same time the author makes some important points about bullying, especially verbal bullying, and what it takes to be the kind of person who has the courage to stand up for what is right.
In this book Rafe Khatchadorian heads off to a summer school/camp and is not at all happy about it. He ends up being placed in what everyone at the camp considers the “loser” cabin called Muskrats. His bunk-mate is named Norman but everyone calls him “booger-eater” and lots of kids at the camp like to pick on him—especially the kids in the “coolest” cabin, the Bobcats. Rafe ends up learning a lot about Norman, himself and friendship as he and his cabin-mates get into all sorts of trouble trying to deal with every day camp life in addition to handling the Bobcat bullies. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens that makes Rafe say, “ Well, this was the Worst Summer of My Life. But it was also-weirdly-the best.”
If you liked the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series I think you will definitely like this book. I also think it will appeal a little bit more to boys than girls. It is probably best for readers in 3rd to 5th grade. Enjoy reading How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill.