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After a rough summer, Rafe is heading back to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, the site of the very worst years of his life. And as if that's not bad enough, he's learned that he's going to be held back a year unless he can prove himself on an outdoor survival excursion - complete with dangerous white-water rafting, dizzying rock climbing, and fanatical counselors. Rafe and the rest of the pack of "delinquent" trainees are forced to cooperate as they prepare for the final test: a solo excursion in the deep woods. Can Rafe come out of the experience in one piece? And if he does, will he go home as the same insecure kid?
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By Peggy M. on 09-05-15
Winner or All-time Favorite Loser Again?
Rafe Khatchadorian is doomed in this Middle School book from James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. The Principal of Hills Village Middle School had mandated he survive an outdoor camp for troubled kids before he’s allowed to come back to school. If he fails the test, he’s out for good.
Our favorite screw-up is now going to have to face some of the worst challenges he’s ever come across, including oatmeal. Okay, oatmeal may not sound like a challenge to some of you, but when you were forced to eat it every morning for the first eight years of your life like I did it ranks right up there with alligator wrestling.
Back to Rafe: The counselors are some of the coldest-hearted individuals any kid ever came across. They all must have been First Sergeants in the Army because they push these kids to a point of total exhaustion and hunger. Will Rafe use the experience to learn how to be a real leader or will he weasel out and go back home to mommy?
I loved this story and the inspiration it can give to kids in the dreaded "Middle Years" of K-12!
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