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Book Reviews: Middle School, How I Got Lost in London, James Patterson

Book Reviews: Middle School, How I Got Lost in London, James Patterson
Middle School: How I Got Lost in London by James Patterson
Series: Middle School #9
Published by Arrow on 27 February 2014
As school trips go, this one is pretty awesome!

When I was told we were going to London to study Living History, I thought they were joking. But here I am! Rafe Khatchadorian - global jetsetter!

Now all I need to do is find a way of avoiding the school bully, getting Jeanne Galletta to talk to me, and try not to get lost in London.

But things are never that simple. So fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight, because this could be a very bumpy flight.

Rafe is an American student at Middle School.  Rafe isn’t the most popular person at school and has a constant imaginary companion in the form of his friend Leo.  The story is about a ‘Living History’ school trip to London.

By Chapter 2 the group is on a flight to London and, tackling his nemisis “Miller the Killer” (the school bully), Rafe plays a trick by putting his vacuum-packed Spaghetti Bolognese in the sick bag and starts to eat it!  Hilariously, this leads to a chain reaction which is described as a “barfquake”, “chunderstorm” and a “hurlicane”!  Talk about putting ideas into your head!

I was born in London so particularly enjoyed the references to all the London landmarks.  They go to the Tate Modern – I had a blast when I went there!  They change the name of Madame Tussauds, the famous waxwork museum, to ‘Madame Fifi’s’ but that’s OK, I forgive Mr Patterson!

I’m not the fastest reader, preferring to take my time, highlight favourite quotes and absorb the characters but I read ‘Lost in London’ in two evenings.  It’s an easy read, fun and engaging with some fantastically fun illustrations which help to move the story along and create vivid visual imagery of the comedy moments.

It has a bit of everything this book … bullying, romance (in the form of the object of Rafe’s desire – Jeanne), comedy, history and horror.  The change from one theme to another allows the story to race along before the reader gets too comfortable.

Unlike some of the books I’ve read recently, ‘Lost in London’ isn’t challenging with complex plots but nevertheless is a thoroughly enjoyable read which will have you laughing, biting your knuckles and feeling glum all at the same time.

I’d recommend this for anyone who has enjoyed other series based around a young schoolboy such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and anyone from age 7 upwards.

I like a bit more intrigue, mystery and complexity to the books I read so I give this 4 out of 5 stars as I think it’s aimed at younger readers.


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