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Troublemaker Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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"Clements is a genius of gentle, high-concept tales set in suburban middle schools."--The New York Times
"Another rock-solid school story that will resonate with middle graders."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
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What do I like about Trouble Maker? Foremost, it’s about a “bad” kid. At some time or another, I have featured kids who deliberately misbehave in my own fiction, as well as worked with them in a school environment. Clements does a nice job of convincing me that Clay is a trouble maker, by having him interrupt classes, launch food at students in the cafeteria, and egg neighborhood houses in the fall. At the same time, he helps me understand him by convincing me that Clay just views himself as having fun rather than hurting anyone. I also appreciate the strong role that family has in Trouble Maker. Clay’s older brother served as the original inspiration for his misbehavior. When he comes home from jail and lays down the law to Clay, he also serves as a real motivation for Clay to turn his life around. Friendship plays an equally strong role, in that Clay finds himself torn between a desire to please his brother and earn the respect of his peers. Indeed, Clay’s peers are a reason behind the police visit to Clay’s home. “Is it too late for Clay?” is a driving question behind Trouble Maker.
Is there anything I don’t like about Trouble Maker? Oh, if I wanted to be picky, I would say that the adults are perhaps a little too quick to accept that Clay is trying to change. Indeed, Clay himself is perhaps a little too eager to allow his brother to take charge. But Trouble Maker is also a novel for middle grade, or young people of ages 8-12. Given its target audience, I think Trouble Maker makes for an entertaining but also thought-provoking read.
Shortly after our story begins Clayton promises his big brother he will work at cleaning up his act. But when you have a reputation for making trouble, often people will not take your changes at face value. Clayton goes from being one of the wild ruffian's in the school to asking to not be sent to the principal's office overnight. The other kids especially his best friend do not understand the change. But Clayton has given his word and as hard as it is he is working on making changes.
Soon Clayton finds himself examining what is doing, what he observers with new eyes. He finds he is thinking about other people's feelings, how the same would impact him. What it is like to be on the other side. Soon he realizes a lot of what he did for fun was really not fun for himself and especially others. These little examinations of conscience are helping him to make the changes he promised. And being a man of his word means a lot to him.
This was an incredible book to read. I just wish I had learned some of the lessons as young as Clayton did. I am really looking forward to reading this book with my kids over summer break. Another great book by a new found favorite author. An excellent read!
Clay can't wait to share the story with his big brother, Mitchell, who is returning from prison. Clay idolizes Mitchell and hopes his latest run-in with school authorities will make him laugh. To his dismay, Mitchell reprimands him for his behavior. Even more surprising is Mitchell's admission that Clay needs to change, because he does not want Clay to follow in his footsteps.
Change doesn't come easy for Clay, as he has spent his entire academic career getting into trouble. First he has to deal with the short haircut and clothes that Mitchell gets him. Then there's his friend, Hank, with whom he did most of his pranks. He needs to figure out how he will handle this friendship and wonders if Hank will still accept him.
Clay also discovers that a bad reputation sticks with you. The police come to his door on Halloween night, wanting to know if he threw eggs on a house and car and if he sprayed graffiti on a door. Apparently the spray paint job is a picture of a donkey that looks like the principal, which is why fingers are pointing at Clay.
After all this time toeing the line, it seems unfair that he is accused, and he wants to prove his innocence to Principal Kelling. In the past, Clay would have rebelled. Punishment didn't bother him back then, but now he wants to change his reputation for the better. Will the principal believe him?
Andrew Clements has written a very relatable book, as it's easy for people to get pigeon-holed. I've heard parents say that their child is the "shy one" or the "smart one" or the "tough one." Those labels follow him or her around, and soon teachers use those terms, too. Thus, the child takes the label to heart, thinking that if everyone calls him or her that, then surely he or she must be that person. It takes a very determined individual to change a reputation. You are creating a new self-image --- an image that isn't given to you, but rather one that you choose.
--- Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell