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

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.

Clay has finesse. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

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

What are the handiest things in the world? Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Things Not Seen, below, etc.) offers a heartfelt and well-meaning but somewhat simplistic novella that explores racial-consciousness-raising.  When sixth-grader Phil Moreli attempts to bring lunch money to his younger brother in their school's hallway, he quickly meets up with his sibling - or so he thinks - because there's his brother's very distinctive jacket.  He is startled when its wearer turns out to be an African-American boy whom Phil has never seen.  He wrongly leaps to the conclusion that this boy stole the jacket and a brawl ensues.  Once the combatants face off in the principal's office, the truth about how the jacket came into this stranger's possession comes out.  Daniel, the African-American boy, had been given the jacket as a gift by his grandmother who, in turn, received it from her employer - Phil's mother - for whom she works as a cleaning woman.  Daniel is angry that a white boy would automatically think of him as a thief and humiliated at an act of what he considers condescending charity.  He storms out, first throwing the jacket on the floor.  Regarding this as a gauntlet and feeling ashamed, Phil is now galvanized into reassessing his feelings and assumptions about African-Americans.  He realizes that he actually knows little about them and is convinced that he is prejudiced.  Phil's attempts to come to grips with his guilt and chagrin will help young readers reevaluate their own attitudes toward people who are different from themselves.  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)

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THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearances aren't everything. Read full book review >


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 >