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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."
"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.'"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The thing I admired most about Jordan was her decision about how to deal with the bully in her life, Marlea. At first, Jordan is furiously angry with Marlea, and she has every right to be, but what she decides to do about it demonstrates that Jordan is not average. I liked her spunk and good sense, which she demonstrates later to the benefit of others at her school. I confess the ending was not what I was expecting but it gives Jordan a chance to shine. This is a great book to share with youngsters who feel like they aren't really good at anything.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 6 months ago by diana adamson kennedy
Purchased book for my daughter. Arrived as listed in perfect condition and she loved it. Would definitely use seller again.Published 12 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 15 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 21 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 22 months ago by M. Anderson