Operation: Hat Heist! (Middle School Misadventures #2)

by Jason Platt (Author)

Operation: Hat Heist! (Middle School Misadventures #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

In Jason Platt's second Middle School Misadventures graphic novel, Newell's favorite hat gets taken away! With the help of his most talented friends, he concocts the perfect plan to get it back. Operation: Hat Heist is a go!

Newell's favorite show of all time is The Captain! Newell is beyond excited when he learns that the Captain himself, Patrick O'Shaughnessy, will be at Monster Comic Con. He can't wait to meet The Captain wearing his once-worn-by-The-Captain WWII crusher hat that his dad gave him. But when Newell brings the hat to school, it gets stolen from his backpack! Fart.

When Newell finally spots the culprit wearing his hat in the hall, Mr. Todd confiscates it and reminds the students, "There are no hats to be worn in school!" Double fart. What will Newell do?! He wants his hat back so he doesn't let his dad down and so he can impress his hero, but Mr. Todd refuses to return it!

Just when Newell is about to give up, he receives a note from 8th grader Ethan: "I have an idea. Also, bring your friends. They can help too." Can Newell, Ethan, and this ragtag group of friends pull off the perfect hat heist? In this fun and imaginative full-color graphic novel, Jason Platt sends fast-talking, daydreaming, Newell on another desperate quest to save his favorite hat before he meets his all-time hero. This title will be simultaneously available in paperback.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-7—Platt's sequel to Middle School Misadventures finds Newell in yet another hilariously relatable scrape. After school each day, Newell races home to watch The Captain, a thrilling TV series about a World War II pilot who gets lost in the Bermuda Triangle and finds his way into another dimension. Newell and his dad are die-hard fans—his father even traveled far and wide to get the star, Patrick O'Shaughnessy, to give Newell the hat worn in the show. But Newell's prized gift is stolen from his backpack and ends up in the school's room of confiscated hats (hats are banned at Garfield Middle School). Newell embarks on an epic adventure to retrieve the missing hat with his friends and eighth grader Ethan Craig before his dad finds out it's gone. The humor is incredibly kid-friendly (fart jokes are rife). Appealing, sketchy cartoons that channel Calvin & Hobbes bring to life Newell's diverse, supportive, and quirky group of friends. Refreshingly, Platt depicts a loving, well-adjusted single-parent household. VERDICT Platt's tale is a keeper.—Beronica Puhr, Oak Park Public Library, IL

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Newell's story is filled with a building anxiety that will fill middle-schoolers with urgent suspense and the sweet relief of recognition."—Booklist
Jason Platt
Jason Platt is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and in 2016, was accepted into the National Cartoonists Society by a unanimous vote. He is also the creator of the popular webcomic series Mister & Me. He and his family live in Davenport, Iowa.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2020
Middle School Misadventures
Little Maverick Reading List
Selection 2021

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