Search Results: "Andrew Clements"


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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOSERS CLUB by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Another upbeat, modern school story sure to please fans and teachers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
There's no such thing as too much reading…until it gets you in trouble. Read full book review >

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THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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JAKE DRAKE: TEACHER’S PET by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REPORT CARD by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS NOT SEEN by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JANITOR’S BOY by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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 >

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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 >

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A WEEK IN THE WOODS by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JACKET by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >