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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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 >

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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 >

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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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DOGKU by Andrew Clements
by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Tim Bowers
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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NO TALKING by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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LUNCH MONEY by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >