Middle School: Going Bush by James Patterson
Published by RandomHouse Australia
Rafe Khatchadorian is an American schoolboy with a vivid imagination, artistic talent and hormones racing around his body randomly hijacking his mood. He's been invited on a camp for creatives in the Aussie outback and he jumps at the chance to re-ignite his friendship with super-cool Ellie, who he met on a prior Aussie adventure. But things in the Aussie outback are not all as they seem.
This is a fast paced rush of adventure with short 1-2 page chapters with cliffhanger endings and animated with Chatterton's energetic sketches. The humour is all very over the top, making the most of the clash of cultures, fart gags and a wild smattering of hyperbole.
Likeable Rafe's first person narration is conversational and directly addresses and engages the reader in his adventure which involves a crocodile, a rock monster, a stolen diamond and the unearthing of covers ups and theft. 'Going Bush' is the latest book in a popular series.
As an adult, I kept getting distracted by the similarity of Rafe's surname to a boy in a famously horrific story from a number of years ago, but this is unlikely to taint the reading for children.
A wild and whacky adventure in the Aussie outback from the perspective of a likeable American school boy.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: James Patterson
Illustrator: Martin Chatterton
Title: Middle School: Going Bush
Publisher: Random HouseAustralia
Published: March 2016