James Patterson’s 5 Tips for Surviving Middle School
Meet James Patterson, Author of Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
by Alexie Basil
It can be reassuring to remember that even superstar bestselling authors were once nervous middle schoolers too.
James Patterson—author of the Middle School and I Funny series, as well as older series like Alex Cross, Maximum Ride, and many more—was generous enough to take time out of his impressively busy writing schedule to share some advice he wishes he had as a preteen!
Check out these five tips for surviving middle school from the man himself:
1. Try something new.
Middle school is an opportunity to start fresh. You could be a future chess club champion, student newspaper editor, or soccer star. Or be like Jeanne Galletta [from Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life] and run for student council. You’ll never know unless you give it a try.
2. Stay organized.
Like Rafe Khatchadorian [the main character in Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life], you’ll be moving between several different classes each day. More classes can mean more homework. Make sure you always know what tests and big assignments are coming up. If you stay on top of your work, you’ll never be behind.
3. Introduce yourself.
Even if you know tons of students on day one, it’s an opportunity to make new friends. And there are many students who won’t know anyone—whether you’re one of them or not, it’s a great time to be open and friendly.
4. Be kind.
Be a person who’s nice and nice to be around. Don’t be a bully like Miller the Killer [Rafe’s nemesis in Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life]. Stick with friends who stand up for each other.
5. Visit the school library.
It’s full of great books that you can read for free, and your school librarian will have plenty of recommendations.
Not only is James Patterson generous with his advice, but he also supports causes he truly believes in, like libraries. Last year, he donated $1.75 million to thousands of school libraries all over the United States to help fill them with great children’s books. And this year, he’s at it again.
In 2017, he has pledged to donate another $1.75 million to classroom libraries in his ongoing effort to promote literacy in young people. Together, he and Scholastic Reading Club will give 3,500 individual teachers $500 and 500 Bonus Points to build fantastic literacy hubs in their own classrooms and nurture lifelong readers. Applications are still open, so be sure to enter the contest today!
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