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Gr 3-6-Jordan Johnston wants to find a way to be extraordinary instead of average by the end of sixth grade. She's a C student even though she tries hard, she's not short or tall, and she feels just plain ordinary. Her list of things she is "okay at" (singing, running, telling jokes, and soccer) and "stinks at" (softball, bowling, crossword puzzles, and tennis) is longer than the things she is "great at" (babysitting and gardening). Her list gets into the wrong hands, and Marlea uses it as fodder to make fun of her. Jordan attempts to stop the bullying by responding with kindness. The third-person narrative about Jordan is interspersed with chapters featuring Joe the Weather Guy worrying about a possible late-spring storm. Tensions rise as a tornado hits the area, allowing Jordan to display her extraordinary talent. Clements offers a cast of believable characters as well as solutions for dealing with bullies. Pencil illustrations sprinkled throughout each chapter add to the story. While the natural disaster seems a bit forced, Clements's fans will be hooked.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Clements' fans will be hooked." (School Library Journal)
"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)
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 5 days 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 2 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 6 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 11 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 13 months ago by M. Anderson
Such a great for kids going to school. The main lesson in this book is to know your true self and if you don't find out who you are. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Book reviewer 2000