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The Last Holiday Concert Paperback – October 3, 2006
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The boy who flung the rubber bands quickly takes charge, feeling that he could manage things much better than what the teacher had been doing. He soon finds that matters aren't as simple as he thought and that without guidance, things are getting out of control. But with help, he and the class find themselves on the way to a holiday concert that will be one everyone in attendance will remember.
Those who have read many of Clement's past works will find that things go rather differently in this one than in some of his other stories. That's good thing and the ending of this book leaves a lot to think about.
Hart Evans is a popular student in elementary school. Will this hold over to Intermediate school as all sixth graders in Brentbury converge on Palmer Intermediate School. At the first assembly, Hart gets his first look at the entire class he will now be in. Can he make his mark here? Where will he fit in the 400 classmates? Hart sets out to be popular once more.
Hart’s least favorite class was chorus. He really wanted to play the drums in band; but they had too many applicants for all to be accepted. His recourse was chorus which could be a good class if not for the teacher, Mr. Meinert. Hart liked music and liked to sing; but he wanted to do it his way, not Mr. Meinert’s way. Now he gets his chance. Mr. Meinert gave the class control of the upcoming Christmas concert and the class elected Hart as director. Now if he could just get the class to cooperate!
As Hart works his way through the process of putting on a concert, his respect for Mr. Meinert is raised. He begins to learn the difference between being popular and instructing. He learns to work with others to get something accomplished. Will the concert be a success or a failure?
Clements possesses the unsettling ability to throw readers smack dab into the rebellious chaos that is called middle school. In this story, readers are "caught" up in a sixth-grade chorus. The music teacher, upset that his job has been cut in a selective "reduction in work force" and angry with some students' antics, turns over the holiday concert's production to the students.
The class elects as its director popular Hart Evans, who dislikes chorus and who has already gotten into hot water with Mr. Meinert. As Hart learns how to manage his fractious peers, Mr. Meinert sees that allowing students to create their own unique production may be more important than musical perfection.
One strand of this lively story illuminates the relationship between freedom (democracy) and peace, the messy self-interested "lobbying" and eventual compromise that makes for peace-even in the sixth-grade classroom. After all, peace is the hope of the holiday season.
My thoughts on the book: It is interesting and funny. I liked the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Brittany, age 11, Raleigh, NC
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This is an exciting book which is pretty unrealistic but helps kids get the message of believing. I like this book.Published 6 months ago by An onymous
I loved this book, but the ending was too sad. I liked the characters, but why do people have to be separated in "groups"?Published 8 months ago by Silvia Triaca
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I loved this book! Andrew Clements is my absolute favorite author, and I love all of the books he writes.Published 13 months ago by Lauren Peronace
It is a wonderful book I loved reading this book. It feels so real!! And if kids read this book,they would be able to understand hard it can be to teach them.Published 14 months ago by Song
Excellent book for young readers. Provided several ideas for discussion in our Children's Book Club.Published 17 months ago by Robin Nehring Brodie
Although I am an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday story. I found the characters to be honestly drawn and interesting. The problem Mr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Quinn Garner
It just blew my mind. I've read the book before, but this book is just... well... mind blowing. Definitely one one of the best, if not THE best book Andrew Clemens has written.Published 19 months ago by Old pappy