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About Average Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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"What is extraordinary is how Clements can continue to produce realistic examples of kid power year after year. More than a feel-good story with a message, this is another good read." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Clements adds to his canon of school stories with this thoughtful novel about an earnest and introspective girl who longs to wrap up her sixth-grade year 'in a blaze of glory, a flash of triumph, a burst of superstardom.'" (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Jordon Johnston is average. No matter what she does, she just can't find much that she's good at. Her friends and classmates, however, are amazing, gifted, talented, and Jordan is getting tired of being just "okay". But something is going to happen, something potentially disastrous that will take all her strength and smarts to overcome. I won't spoil the ending for you, but I'll just say, it's good.
One reason why I liked the book was because of Jordan herself. She's brave, determined, and hard-working, but kind as well. The author nailed this character, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Keep writing, Andrew Clements!
I also recommend Things Not Seen, which is also by this author.
A question perplexes her. What could her extraordinary talent be? She puts pen to paper and creates a list with three categories: things she's great at, things she's ok at and things she stinks at. Not surprisingly, she had a lot of `ok' talents. Frustrated, she tosses the list in the trash can. Unfortunately Marlea, a snotty Miss. Perfect, unearths the list and shares it with her friends while a horrified Jordan overhears. Jordan visualizes awful fates for Marlea. She knows that if she reports Marlea to the school for bullying her, she'd have to prove it in front of her parents, Marlea's parents and the guidance counselor. She wonders if going through all that will really stop the bullying. But what will? Her friend, Nikki, suggests slugging Marlea. Jordan knows that pushing and shoving just isn't her style. She decides to try an experiment to be as nice as possible to Marlea to see if the teasing will stop.
With just a few more weeks of school left, Jordan realizes that her niceness experiment may have to be put on hold until the summer. Now she needs to focus on unearthing her inner greatness.Read more ›
Terrific as usual for Clements.
"Average" Jordan has mistakenly discarded a list of what she's great at (not much). Marlea reads it aloud in the girl's restroom to humiliate our heroine. Babysitting is at the top of the list. The other girls laugh, Jordan is bereft, but we, the readers, are afforded a look inside Jordan's exquisite thought process--what she'd like to see happen and how she arrives at those wishes.
The author writes, "Jordan's memory was a powerful force. A moment from the past would sneak up and kidnap her and then force her to think about it until she discovered something she didn't know she knew."
Her thought process seems so familiar, so real. It takes a fine author like Clements to uncover the inner workings of this realistic, flawed and loveable heroine. When she's accused of cheating at chess, we're told "she sure wouldn't have wasted any criminal talent on something as pointless as winning a game of chess."
She has a crush on Jonathan and she has to admit that it's because he's so cute. Which make her just as shallow as Jonathan, who likes pretty girls--prettier girls than Jordan. Still she's sure Jonathan is a good person. Anyway, she would like him even if "he enjoyed ripping the arms off of teddy bears." Which is something Jordan did once as revenge when her big sister pulled the head off her Barbie doll.
Jordan decides to experiment with forgiveness.Read more ›
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This is a good read for lower middle school bkz most children see themselves as about average especially in such a competitive environment . Being about average can be great !Published 16 days ago by diana adamson kennedy
I liked this book, but the ending did Not surprise me. There was too much detail and 25% talking. This is the review of a 9 year old. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Silvia Triaca
Purchased book for my daughter. Arrived as listed in perfect condition and she loved it. Would definitely use seller again.Published 6 months ago by Juan
Love Andrew Clements books. He's a great author that puts his writing in the perspective of early teens. My kids love him.Published 10 months ago by William Joyce
I thought this was a great book because it was surprising. I liked how it teaches kindness and it has some real facts in it.Published 15 months ago by Jennifer B. Golden
I almost always love Andrew Clements' books, but this one might do more than entertain. Without being dull or preachy, it suggests tools that an average reader can use.Published 17 months ago by M. Anderson