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Educational Value Patterson includes good insight into social life in middle school and how to navigate it. Jamie's friendships are important to him and he learns a lot about how to be a good friend.
When Jamie includes jokes about his friends in his stand-up routine, he learns the difference between funny and putdowns.
Positive Messages Kudos to Patterson for making his main character a boy in a wheelchair. With a lot of perseverance, and of coarse humor, Jamie manages to navigate some very unpleasant aspects of his life, many of which are not revealed until later in the story. Patterson shows the teen's sensitive side, which is often masked by goofy behavior.
Like the other books in his Middle School series, this one delves into some deep issues. Worse, his cousin Stevie is the "School Bully," whose new favorite victim is Jamie. Jamie uses humor to help navigate his difficult life, but also to build friendships.
His Uncle Frankie is a beacon of kindness in Jamie's tragic life, and he and the odd assortment of customers at Frankie's diner provide a loving support network for Jamie. Deep down, Jamie is a sweet kid and treats people fairly, even Stevie. Violence Bullying holds a prominent place in Patterson's Middle School books.
Stevie and his buddies drag Jamie out of his wheelchair, and there's a lot of hitting, throwing, and general bullying depicted in the illustrations. One wry drawing shows a threatening Stevie underneath the ubiquitous school "Stomp-out Bullying" signs.
A sweet first kiss between Jamie and the "Cool Girl. Consumerism There's a reference to getting a good feeling like, "guzzling a six-pack of Red Bull," but in general this book stays away from specific products and represents the middle school zeitgeist in generalities. The twist here is that protagonist Jamie is a regular kid who happens to be in a wheelchair.
Faced with the usual middle school challenges as well as a whole lot more, Jamie perseveres and strives to make it as a "sit-down comic. There's one kiss, no swearing, and there's a lot of hitting, throwing, and general bullying depicted in the illustrations, including Jamie being dragged out of his wheelchair by bullies.
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At the beginning of the school year, do a read aloud and have students each do a book review on the same book that was read to the class. Have select students share their book reviews and/or thoughts on a book. Review by Mia Madden, aged This is the sixth book in the Middle School series, but you don’t have to read them in order.
This is the first one that I read.