- Publisher: Arrow (Young)
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 196mm x 32mm | 340g
- Publication date: 7 July 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099543982
- ISBN 13: 9780099543985
- Sales rank: 287,057
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 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 - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway - 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 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.
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JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of the bestselling series for young readers, Maximum Ride, Daniel X and Witch & Wizard. This is as well as writing three of the top detective series around - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. He was inspired by his own son, who was a reluctant reader, to write books specifically for young readers. James has also formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.
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If you're in middle school now, or will be incarcerated in middle school soon, this story could help you survive. Also, you'll probably laugh your guts out on every page. CHECK IT OUT. I have quite the story to tell you.
This is the totally insane story of how I, Rafe Khatchadorian, - fought and overcame a diabolical teacher called the Dragon Lady, - sold my soul to the school bully, a dollar at a time, - wrestled with a real live bear bear, repeatedly, - fell kind of in "like" with the most popular girl in school, - went into the soda business and went bust, - and accidentally-on-purpose hurt all the people I care about. The worst days of my life were good sometimes. Bad sometimes. But mostly they were hilarious. See for yourself.