I purchased Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life because of the reviews in the Sunday paper about James Patterson's work. I am reading it with my tutoring students of middle school age. There are a few things in the book that I don't necessarily want to plant into these young minds such as breaking every rule in the book or thinking that teachers talking to them are boring. I believe adults would find this humorous and know how to interpret it, whereas the young minds of middle schoolers may misread the message. We are trying hard to develop cooperative spirits in our students, and not everything that Patterson includes in this book is necessarily wholesome for young people. Yes, it is intended to be humorous, but maybe it takes an adult mind to appreciate some of it as humorous. Our children are already distracted and nervous, so making them more so by suggesting that school is boring and rules are to be broken may not be the best thing for the student right now at this point in time. This is my opinion. I am enjoyhing the book myself, and continue to read it with my students.
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