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Middle School Series
Authors: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Lisa Papademetriou, Julia Bergen
Illustrators: Laura Park, Neil Swaab, Jomike Tejido, Daniel Griffo
Number of Books in Series: 11 so far
Age Group: 8 - 13 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 3.7-4.5
GLE 4.3-5.0
DRA 50
Lexile® measure 520L-820L

Book 1 Summary: When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.


Middle School Book List:

The stories are sequential in terms of character development but the main plots are relatively independent in each book. It's probably best to read these in order, but not critical.

Book 1: The Worst Years of My Life
Ages 8-13. May 26, 2011.
AR: 4.5 (4.0 Points, Quiz #144983);  GLE: 4.3
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 700L

Book 2: Get Me Out of Here!
Ages 8-13. April 3, 2012.
AR: 4.4 (4.0 Points, Quiz #151572);  GLE: 5
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 680L

Book 3: Big, Fat Liar
Ages 8-13. February 4, 2013.
AR: 3.7 (4.0 Points, Quiz #157756)
Lexile measure: 520L

Book 4: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill
Ages 8-13. May 27, 2013.
AR: 4.0 (5.0 Points, Quiz #159596)
Lexile measure: 640

Book 5: Save Rafe!
Ages 8-13. June 23, 2014.
AR: 4.1 (4.0 Points, Quiz #167185)
Lexile measure: 600L

Book 6: Just My Rotten Luck
Ages 8-13. June 22, 2015.

Book 7: Dog's Best Friend
Ages 8-13. October 24, 2016.
Lexile measure: 600L

Book 8: Escape to Australia
Ages 8-13. March 6, 2017.
Lexile measure: 820L

Book 9: From Hero to Zero
Ages 8-13. June 19, 2017.
Lexile measure: 640L

Book 10: Born to Rock
Ages 8-13. February 18, 2019.

Book 11: Master of Disaster
Ages 8-13. February 17, 2020.

Companion Book: How I Got Lost in London
Ages 8-13. February 27, 2014.
AR: 4.7 (2.0 Points, Quiz #164076)

Companion Book: Ultimate Showdown
Ages 8-13. March 31, 2014.
Lexile measure: 750L

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 11 Books

Best Seller Lists:

New York Times best-seller list

Film/Television/Theatrical Adaptations:

2016 Live-Action Movie: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Other Websites for Additional Information:

Author Website for James Patterson
Author Website for Christopher Tebbetts
Author Website for Lisa Papademetriou


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