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A Week in the Woods
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that every single book I have read by Andrew Clements has been a winner! This author really knows what makes middle school kids tick... let alone his understanding of what makes adults kids! Andrew Clements is a true student of human nature.
The theme I find most encouraging in this particular book is that no matter what a jerk we may be or no matter what mistakes we make or no matter what terrible choices we make, every day is a new and fresh one!
Mark is a young man who has extremely rich parents, who barely pay any attention to him and ship him all over the place from home to home and school to school. This experience has left the 5th grader cynical and jaded. Who could blame him?
When Mark gets to yet another new home and school in New Hampshire he decides he is going to tune out everyone and everything at his new school. He decides he will not interact with them because he won't be there long enough to get to know anyone anyway.
Mark's science teacher, Mr. Maxwell is an innovative, environmentally concious educator. He seems like a typical liberal gentleman who is open to all ideas and all people. But he immediately labels Mark as a "Spoiled Rich Kid" and decides to shut him out too.
The great thing that happens in this book is that Mark and his teacher both change. They aren't trapped by the choices they made and they both evolve into better people in the end!
Every day we start with a clean slate and it's all about what we decide to do with that day, that makes us who we are.
This is a very encouraging book... well written and as always perceptive! Yet again, another winner from Andrew Clements!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
A Week in the Woods is a book that has a mild pace, but it will keep your interest. I am a fifth grader myself (like the character in the book) and I think this book has some realistic parts in it. The main character is a boy who has to move away from his friends, his school and his neighborhood. He moves to a small town in New Hampshire which is nothing like his previous home. His parents (unlike mine)are frequently busy and do not spend much time with him. Without giving away the story, I would like you to know that even if the book starts out a bit slow, it becomes very exciting near the middle of the book. Therefore I recommend this book to everyone but especially fifth grade boys. If you can get a hold of this book, it will be a good read. I read about six chapter books a month and I really like this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
A week in the Woods is a great book. It is about a 11 year old boy who has everything in the world. Rich parents, a cool house, great friends, and a great life. Then they have to move. This is common for them becasue his parents find better buisness elswhere. This time they move, Mark is really crushed. This was the first place he really loved and now they have to move to a small town in New Hampshire. The first week he gets there he goes to a small public school. He never pays attention in class and is always melancholy and grumpy. Then one day the science teacher, Mr. Maxwell hands out the information packet for a week long, camping trip in the woods. The whole 5th grade is going, but Mark doesnt want to go at all. Then one night he slept outside in his barn. He loved it so he wanted to try sleeping outside in the woods. His parent wouldnt let him so he had to sleep outside with his nanny. Leo, (nanny), also taught him how to snowshoe. Mark loved this. After about a week Mark loved the woods. So Mark gave his teacher his packet and got everything he needed. Finally it was the day. On the first day Mark's friend Jason got out his knife he had brought. He let Mark hold it and the next thing he knew Mark was in the back of Mr.Maxwell's truck about to be driven home! While Mr. Maxwell was talking to the ranger Mark jumped out of the truck and ran into the woods. For all day and all night Mr. Maxwell looked for Mark who was doing great with his food and he had also built a fire. They found each other in the middle of the night. Mr. Maxwell was in a lot of pain. When he was looking for Mark, a bolder had fallen on his leg and he was stuck. By the end Mark and Mr. Maxwell had become great friends and Mark had become much happier. If you want to read about a great adventure, some laughs, and a great story you should read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mark Chelmsley had just moved to New Hampshire, where he would have to attend Hardy Elementary. At the school, A Week in the Woods was a beloved tradition and Mr. Maxwell was in charge. On the trip, Mark almost got suspended and wondered off into the woods. Will Mark and Mr. Maxwell be able to work together to save each other's lives?

A Week in the Woods is full of twists and turns. If you are looking for an adventure packed novel, than this book is for you. Also, children from 9 to 13 should probably read this fantastic story. I definitely liked the sections of the book that made me feel as if I could not stop reading! A Week in the Woods is an incredible novel that everybody should read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Who decides what happens? Is it the rich? The poor? The famous? Well, I believe that we need a mix. So when $... student Mike Chlemsly (who's parents have ½ a billion dollars and live in a huge home) comes to town, the school is impressed. But his over-extreme environmentalist science teacher, Mr. Maxwell, happens to hate him. When the annual `Week in the Woods' comes about, Mark decides he has to do something about his sticky situation. Filled with humor, suspense, and fun little tidbits, this is the kind of book you can't put down until you're done. You deserve to read this book NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2007
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My students in summer school extended school year thought this was great! We listened to the book on CD to help with comprehension and fluency. They loved learning about camping, the woods and friendships. It was great to show them different people and their interactions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Our family listened to this book on tape in the car. Our 6- and 9-year-olds were entertained for hours in the car, as the whole family listened to the story. We thought the characters were interesting, and the last couple of chapters really held everyone's attention. I know my children were especially intrigued by how the main character dealt with his fears. It was a terrific way to pass the time on a long car trip.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
From the author of "Frindle" comes an entertaining little story about a rich kid with parents who spend more time at work than at home. They do try their best to be with him as much as possible, and make sure he has everything he needs, but it's just not enough.

When his parents invest in a huge property in rural New Hampshire, Mark is relocated to the local school for a few months, and when he finds that the work is way below his intellectual level, he makes no effort to fit in, and behaves like a spoiled brat.

However, when he begins exploring the new property, he makes all sorts of interesting discoveries, and overcoming his fear of the dark, he finds out that he quite likes camping and the outdoors. Inspired by the books of Jack London, he signs up for the annual class outing, known as "A Week in the Woods", doing his online research to make sure he has everything he needs. He also does some soul searching, and resolves to try to make friends at school and be a better person.

This is not enough for one of his teachers, who is blinded by his first impressions of Mark, and lets this cloud his responsibilities as a teacher. At the beginning of the week in the woods, Mark relaxes and starts enjoying himself, but things take a bad turn when the same teacher decides to send him back home for breaking one of the camp rules.

What follows is the most exciting and informative part of the book, where we learn about survival, human nature and forgiveness.

Recommended for ages 8-9, and kids who like camping out.

Amanda Richards, August 16, 2005
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements is a novel about a boy named Mark Robert Chelmsley who moves to rural New Hampshire in the middle of the school year. This is an excellent story with great characters and adventures.
We first meet Mark when he is moving out of the house he loves in New York. When he arrives in New Hampshire, he finds problems almost immediately. He thinks the school is lousy, his parents are away most of the time, and he has a big problem with his science teacher, Mr. Maxwell. As the story progresses Mark starts to change his mind about the school, his house, his teachers and the wilderness of New Hampshire. However, during an outdoor camping experience with the fifth-grade class, Mark's problem with Mr. Maxwell worsens. An unexpected plot twist and an exciting adventure finish this outstanding book.
This is a very enjoyable book. I especially liked the plot, the characters of Mr. Maxwell and Mark, and Marks adventures in the woods. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
A WEEK IN THE WOODS

I'm reviewing this book. It is an excellent book. The author is Andrew Clements. He is my favorite author. He made "Frindle", the book. It shows misunderstanding, and mistakes. This book is an adventure waiting to happen. Every page is something unexpected.

This book is about a rich child who moves from New York City to a little place in the middle of a little, unknown town in the middle of nowhere. He goes on a field trip and runs away. He finds himself spending a night out on a trail when the temperature is bellow zero degrees.

This an excellent book and I suggest you read A WEEK IN THE WOODS.
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