Search Results: "Andrew Clements"


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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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

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 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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ABOUT AVERAGE by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

A MILLION DOTS by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FRINDLE by Andrew Clements
CHILDREN'S
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 >