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Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar

Last updated Monday, July 6, 2015

Author: James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou
Illustrator: Neil Swaab
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0316207543
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2015

Synopsis: Georgia Khatchadorian--the sister of the star of the first two Middle School books, Rafe Khatchadorian--plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily set her up to embarrass herself in front of the snooty "Princesses" who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia--a girl who's ready to speak her mind! (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Are you excited or scared about starting Middle School next year?
•  What have you heard about Middle School?
•  Do you have older brothers or sisters?
•  What are positive things about having older siblings? What are the good things about being the oldest sibling?


•  slander--make false and damaging statements about someone
•  reputation--the common opinion that people have about someone or something
•  quivering--tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion
•  notorious--famous or well known for a bad thing
•  manatees--large grey sea animals often called sea cows
•  oasis--a green spot in a desert or a peaceful place in our everyday lives
•  sarcasm--the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say; a sharp bitter remark
•  carnivorous--characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts; feeding on animal tissue

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  If you are the oldest, why is it important for you to do well and be good in school?
•  How can you help your other siblings--older or younger--with school?
•  What's more important in Middle School--being liked or doing well in class?
•  What's the best thing about summer break?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a picture of a place you visited or want to visit on summer vacation.
•  Make postcards and send them to your family and friends. For a printable postcard template, see: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/make-your-own-postcards-free-printable/.
•  Draw a cartoon of what would happen on your first day of Middle School.

Special activities:
•  Tell the students stories from when you were in middle school.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!