Books by Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements’ first job out of graduate school was teaching in public schools, and experience that proved invaluable for his later career as an author. With his slyly subversive first novel, Frindle (1996), Andrew Clements established himself as a master of the school story, a reputation he has only burnished over the years. His most recent novel, Trouble-Maker, profiles that type all kids (and teachers) know so well; Kirkus noted that the story "does its job with no trouble at all." Nowadays, he does his writing in a wood stove-equipped shed in his Massachusetts backyard. Photo credit: Worcester Telegram & Gazette


ABOUT AVERAGE by Andrew Clements
Released: July 24, 2012

"More than a feel-good story with a message, this is another good read. (Fiction. 9-12) "
How can a plain girl with few talents possibly achieve the triumphal moment of a sixth-grader's dreams? Read full book review >
BECAUSE YOUR MOMMY LOVES YOU by Andrew Clements
Released: April 3, 2012

"This is no helicopter mom, and things turn out just fine. Sure to connect with children in many ways—the adventure of camping, learning how to do things all by oneself and conquering initial anxieties. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Clements and Alley reunite to produce a strong companion title to Because Your Daddy Loves You (2005). Read full book review >
TROUBLE-MAKER by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 26, 2011

"With easygoing prose enhanced by occasional sketches, this slender school story does its job with no trouble at all. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clay learns that it's easy to get into trouble but far more difficult to get out of it in this breezy Scared Straight–type novel for the elementary-school set. Read full book review >
FEAR ITSELF by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Readers who've begun this well-written, modern kid-power mystery series will be glad to see this and eager for more. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Working frantically to save their historic school from the wrecking ball scheduled in three weeks, sixth graders Ben Pratt and Jill Acton find the first of five safeguards planted more than 200 years earlier, an ally and treasure that may also help their cause. Read full book review >
THE HANDIEST THINGS IN THE WORLD by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: May 25, 2010

"Pure fun that will spark young imaginations. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
What are the handiest things in the world? Read full book review >
BENJAMIN PRATT AND THE KEEPERS OF THE SCHOOL by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

"Stower's art unseen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth-grader Ben Pratt is thrust into a mystery-adventure when his school's janitor shoves a gold coin in his hand, passing on the responsibility to save Oakes School from developers. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT ARE by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An author usually good for clever premises and smart, likable characters has gone from talespinner to wheel spinner here. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Clements's second sequel to the excellent Things Not Seen (2002) is even more disappointing than the first, Things Hoped For (2005). Read full book review >
LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2008

"Another fast-paced, believable and funny offering from a master of school stories (Frindle, 1996, etc., etc.) and father of identical twin boys. (Final art not seen.) (Fiction. 9-12)"
For 12 years, Ray and Jay Grayson have been "the twins," nearly indistinguishable even to their parents. Read full book review >
DOGKU by Andrew Clements
POETRY
Released: June 26, 2007

"A short author's note defines haiku and offers some additional samples. (Picture book/poetry. 4-6)"
Sixteen haiku serve as the text for this heartwarming story of a wandering dog who finds a new home with a kind family. Read full book review >
NO TALKING by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: June 26, 2007

"A strong addition to the "waging peace" genre. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story. Read full book review >
NO TALKING by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: June 26, 2007

"A strong addition to the "waging peace" genre. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story. Read full book review >
THINGS HOPED FOR by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Endless nattering about the auditions may hold some appeal for musical students, and the heavily embroidered New York references might attract others, but most will hope for it all to be over. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Seventeen-year-old Gwen is from Charleston, W.Va., but she has been studying violin in New York City and living with her grandfather. Read full book review >
ROOM ONE by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"Once again, Clements offers readers an intelligent protagonist, trustworthy adults, an interesting school situation and a real-life problem in a story that moves swiftly enough even for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sixth-grader Ted Hammond, who loves a good mystery, finds one in real life when he sees a face in the window of an abandoned farmhouse while on his paper route. Read full book review >
A MILLION DOTS by Andrew Clements
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: July 1, 2006

"Its clarity of design and variety of facts presented, however, make it a solid browsing book and an entertaining alternative for fact- and number-obsessed kids. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12)"
Here's a picture book that challenges the ease with which so many of us invoke "millions," as one million tiny dots range across some 19 successive double-page spreads. Read full book review >
LUNCH MONEY by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2005

"This hits the jackpot. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Budding billionaire Greg Kenton has a knack for making money and a serious rival. Read full book review >
SLIPPERS AT SCHOOL by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"The storyline is simple (and sometimes a little stilted), but Bynum's illustrations present an additional layer of warm humor, with an engaging cover illustration of Slippers with a pencil in his mouth, all ready for his big day at school. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this third offering about Slippers the puppy, the appealing pooch slips into a backpack for an unauthorized visit to his young owner's classroom. Read full book review >
BECAUSE YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 23, 2005

"The third-person voice is a bit distancing, but it makes the togetherness less treacly, and Dad's mix of love and competence is less insulting, to parents and children both, than Douglas Wood's What Dads Can't Do (2000), illus by Doug Cushman. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Give this child's-eye view of a day at the beach with an attentive father high marks for coziness: "When your ball blows across the sand and into the ocean and starts to drift away, your daddy could say, Didn't I tell you not to play too close to the waves? Read full book review >
NAPTIME FOR SLIPPERS by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Young readers will enjoy this dog's-eye view of the world, as presented in Clements's brief, simply phrased text and Bynum's floor-level scenes of a contented-looking, snub-nosed puppy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A frisky pup creates havoc—unnoticed, evidently, by his adored human family—in this companion to Slippers at Home (ISBN: 0-525-47138-3). Read full book review >
THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

A sixth-grader and an inexperienced teacher both learn something from each other in Clements's newest teachable-moment-driven school tale. Read full book review >
THE REPORT CARD by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"Although the ideas presented are provocative, germane, and genuinely worthy, the scenario is highly unlikely and the reader can hear the author's voice speaking through the characters a bit too plainly. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fifth-grade girl genius, who has been fooling her parents and teachers by pretending to be a mediocre student, decides to protest the school culture of tests and testing. Read full book review >
JAKE DRAKE: TEACHER’S PET by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Children aren't the only readers who might learn something from this. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the third episode of a series that might as well be dubbed "Jake Drake: Problem Solver," Clements's fourth-grade narrator again looks back at third grade, in particular an uncomfortable week when he became the subject of a little too much teacherly praise. Read full book review >
BIG AL AND SHRIMPY by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Clements gives the ugly-but-brave hero of Big Al (1990) a tiny-but-clever buddy in this companion volume. Read full book review >
A WEEK IN THE WOODS by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Worthy—but just as Maxwell underestimates his new student, so too does Clement underestimate his readers' ability to figure out for themselves what's going on in each character's life and head. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Playing on his customary theme that children have more on the ball than adults give them credit for, Clements (Big Al and Shrimpy, p. 951, etc.) pairs a smart, unhappy, rich kid and a small-town teacher too quick to judge on appearances. Read full book review >
RINGO SAVES THE DAY! by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This easy reader's design features two or three sentences per page with varied text placement, a large type-size, and much white space, creating a satisfying reader at the first-grade level with a built-in safety lesson as well. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The Pets to the Rescue easy reader series presents true stories of animals that have saved lives, providing a dose of realistic drama along with controlled vocabulary and short sentences. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL STORY by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Indeed, it "grabs hold of yourheart and never lets go." (Fiction. 10-12)"
A world-class charmer, Clements (The Janitor's Boy, 2000, etc.) woos aspiring young authors—as well as grown up publishers, editors, agents, parents, teachers, and even reviewers—with this tongue-in-cheek tale of a 12-year-old novelist's triumphant debut. Read full book review >
THINGS NOT SEEN by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A readable, thought-provoking tour de force, alive with stimulating ideas, hard choices, and young people discovering bright possibilities ahead. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Clements (The Jacket, above, etc.) looks beyond grade school for the first time with a multifaceted rumination on selfhood and various forms of invisibility. Read full book review >
THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Clements mostly steers clear of easy answers and admirably avoids the cliché of having the boys become fast friends at the end, though each does come to realize that the other is "a good guy." (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clements (Things Not Seen, below, etc.) offers a heartfelt and well-meaning but somewhat simplistic novella that explores racial-consciousness-raising. Read full book review >
THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Clements mostly steers clear of easy answers and admirably avoids the cliché of having the boys become fast friends at the end, though each does come to realize that the other is "a good guy." (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clements (Things Not Seen, below, etc.) offers a heartfelt and well-meaning but somewhat simplistic novella that explores racial-consciousness–raising. Read full book review >
THE JANITOR’S BOY by Andrew Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2000

"An enjoyable read and a good jumping-off point for classroom discussions about class and economic status in America, but too heavy-handed to be satisfying. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The author of Frindle and The Landry News returns with a touching novel about a boy who is ashamed of the fact that his father is the janitor at his school. Read full book review >
WORKSHOP by Andrew Clements
Released: April 19, 1999

"The illustrations are pure entertainment, slowly revealing that the workmen and apprentice are using their fine old tools to put together a turn-of-the-century carousel. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Handsomely illustrated with cut-paper art by Wisniewski (The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups, 1998, etc.), this homage to tools from Clements (Frindle, 1996, etc.) conveys a sense of their beauty and mystery. Read full book review >
WHERE THE MOON LIVES by Ivan Gantschev
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1998

"A quiet book, which here and there glistens with shards of moonlight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A duckling is baffled by the glorious moon overhead. Read full book review >
PHILIPP'S BIRTHDAY BOOK by Hanne Türk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

"A calendar where children can record the birthdays of friends and family makes the endpapers a plus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
 A birthday poem for each month of the year, showcasing particular parties and presents for the animal friends of Philipp the mouse. Read full book review >
FRINDLE by Andrew Clements
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"With comically realistic black-and-white illustrations by Selznick (The Robot King, 1995, etc.), this is a captivating tale—one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 Nicholas is a bright boy who likes to make trouble at school, creatively. Read full book review >
TEMPLE CAT by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"Kiesler, working in an utterly realistic style, employs a subtle visual shift in characterization as the protagonist transforms from a religious icon to an ordinary house cat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Clements (Who Owns the Cow?, p. 944, etc.) pens a tale for consummate cat enthusiasts or lovers of antiquity: a feline's not- too-arduous search for love. Read full book review >
A DOG'S BEST FRIEND by Massimo Mostacchi
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Positive notions about individuality and assimilation become jumbled with negative ones; it's probably too much for young children to sort out. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Dudley, appropriately, leads a dog's life: good food, leisure time, kind master. Read full book review >
FLYING by Kveta Pacovská
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"This book has at once the appearance of a hoax and the expression of a genuine message about creativity and effort at the primal level. (Picture book. 6-10)"
 Seemingly complex artwork offers big rewards for readers who meet its demanding appeal. Read full book review >
WHO OWNS THE COW? by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Some readers will jettison the proprietary nonsense and just enjoy old Elsie for her own fine sake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Who owns the hefty holstein in the pasture? Read full book review >
THE BEAST AND THE BOY by Massimo Mostacchi
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Miceli's primitive paintings, full of waving trees and abstractions of hills, exude a benign warmth that fits snuggly with this undemanding story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Appearances aren't everything. Read full book review >
SANTA'S SECRET HELPER by Andrew Clements

This year, there are two Santas: the real one, plus someone else who does all the generous things Santa would have done, then goes home, takes off her disguise, and snuggles into bed with Santa himself—his wife! Read full book review >