By: James Patterson
Rafe Khatchadorian is your average kid. He is
making the transition from elementary to
middle school. During his time at middle
school he meets his first crush, fought and
over came the dragon lady, turned the school
bully into a chicken, and made Operation
R.A.F.E. (Rules Aren’t For Everyone) where he
broke as many rules as possible.
Operation R.A.F.E. (Rules Aren’t For Everyone)
is when Rafe tries to break all the rules in the
student code of conduct. Whenever he breaks a
rule he earns a certain amount of points. He
also has lives, when he messes up he loses a
life. Some of the rules he breaks are chewing
gum in class, running through the halls naked,
vandalizing school property, and much more!
The outcome: Over a million points and house
Jeanne Galletta is the school’s goody two shoes
and teachers pet. She makes good grades, all
the teachers like her, she’s a student council
member, and she is Rafe’s first crush. She is
one of the few people who know about
Operation R.A.F.E. , and thanks to Operation
R.A.F.E. Jeanne Galletta gets in trouble for the
first time.
Miller the Killer is the school bully. He is one of
the few, unfortunately, who knows about
Operation R.A.F.E. Miller steals Rafe’s
Operation R.A.F.E. notebook and makes Rafe
buy it back one page at a time. You are
probably wondering, how did he become a
chicken? Here is how. Rafe drew him as a
chicken, made copies of his drawing,
and put it everywhere around the
school. He is now known has Miller
the Killer Chicken.
Leo is Rafe’s imaginary friend. Actually, he is
Rafe’s twin brother, but he died when he was
three. Leo is the founder of Operation R.A.F.E. ,
He is the one who made sure Rafe was
breaking the rules. He and Rafe have been on
the craziest journeys, real or not. Leo is a very
mischievous and adventurous imaginary
friend, and he is always one step
ahead of Rafe.
The Dragon Lady is actually Rafe’s English
teacher. Her real name is Ms. Donatello. She
was a very strict teacher in the beginning of the
year, but in the end she was on Rafe’s side
when the principal wanted him to be
suspended. Not only that, she introduced Rafe
to an art school. She is called
the dragon lady because Rafe
has a wild imagination.
Georgia is Rafe’s big tattle tale sister. She
complains a lot and always tells on Rafe
whenever he does something wrong, so Rafe
doesn't like her very much. However, Rafe and
Georgia both share the same hatred for their
stepdad, Bear. She is the one who calls 911
when Bear pushes their mother down the
Bear is Rafe and Georgia’s stepdad. His real
name is Carl. All Bear does all day is eat, drink,
watch football, and sleep. Occasionally he gets
off the sofa to use the bathroom. When Bear
finds out about Rafe’s suspension from school
he gets in a fight with his mom and accidently
pushes her down the stairs.
Jules Khatchadorian is Rafe and Georgia’s
mom. She works at a diner and smells like
apple pie with cinnamon. Yum. Despite, all of
Rafe’s mistakes she always seems happy.
Unfortunately, she gets pushed down the stairs
by Bear and has to go to the hospital.
Fortunately, she breaks up with Bear
afterwards. According to Rafe
she is the #1 mom.
If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid you’ll love this
If you like the Big Nate books you will also love
this book
It is written by the New York Times #1 Bestseller,
James Patterson who also wrote Maximum Ride
It’s funny
It has won YALSA 2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for
Reluctant Young Readers.
It was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller and a
No. 1 Indiebound best-seller.
“Readers will want to stick around. Middle School has a keen
appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute
understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.
Not only is Rafe's plight relatable, so is the manner in which he
expresses it. The lingo is casual and humorous, and as self-aware
as one might expect from an 11-year-old.” LA Times
“The book's ultrashort chapters, dynamic artwork, and message
that ‘normal is boring’ should go a long way toward assuring kids
who don't fit the mold that there's a place for them, too”
Publisher’s Weekly
Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations... add depth and
humor.... an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers
should enjoy." Library Media Connection
I rate it ☻☻☻☻☺

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