02. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou, Neil Swaab (Illustrations), 288 pages, read by Angie, on 10/01/2013

Georgia has always been a good student even though her brother Rafe could possibly be the worst student ever! She starts middle school and is immediately in the shadow Rafe left. All the teachers assume she is just like Rafe and treat her horribly. The Princess Patrol makes fun of her and she doesn’t really make friends. Rhonda, a girl who screeches everything she says, starts following Georgia. She is also in a band that doesn’t really know how to play and is horrible. Rafe even signs the band up to play in the Battle of the Bands at the school dance. It seems like nothing is going her way.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I know they are hugely popular with the kids. The book contains lots of drawings and illustrations that will really appeal to kids who like books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries. Even with all the humor, the book does introduce some serious situations. There is bullying from the Princess Patrol, who I can’t believe actually get away with the things they say. There is also the grandma’s dementia. Finally, it turns out Georgia is adopted and she has to deal with this. Unfortunately, these things are just touched on and not really dealt with. Despite that I think the kids will embrace this book like they do all the others in the series.

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