Books by Andrew Clements and Complete Book Reviews

Andrew Clements, Author . S&S $15.95 (166p) ISBN 978-0-689-84516-1
Clements's (The Report Card ) latest school-centered novel introduces Hart Evans, the most popular boy in school ("Hart could have charmed the hairnet off a cafeteria lady"). He hates sixth-grade chorus; while the chorus practices for...
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Andrew Clements, Author . S&S/Aladdin $5.99 (173p) ISBN 978-0-689-84524-6
"With subtlety and authority, Clements explores the plight of an extraordinarily intelligent girl, who from an early age, has strategically hidden her genius from her parents, peers and teachers," PW wrote in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (J
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Andrew Clements, Author . Philomel $15.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-399-23626-6
The earnest and likable 15-year-old narrator is the principal thing not seen in Clements's (Frindle; The Jacket) fast-paced novel, set in Chicago. As the book opens, the boy discovers that he has turned invisible overnight. Bobby breaks the news
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Andrew Clements, Author , illus. by Chris Blair. S&S $15.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-689-86687-6
Clements (Frindle ) introduces 12-year-old Ted, a likable lad who reads multiple mysteries each week—and insists on solving each midway through the book. (Then he reads the second half to see if he was right.) But now the Nebraska boy finds...
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Andrew Clements, Author . S&S $5.99 (190p) ISBN 978-0-689-85802-4
A showdown between an 11-year-old and his teacher occurs at the start of an annual environmental program when they spend a week in a wooded state park. Ages 9-13. (Apr.)
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Andrew Clements, Author . S&S $16.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-689-82596-5
Mark, the 11-year-old at the center of Clements's (Frindle; The Jacket) brooding and uneven novel, initially has no interest in making friends at his new school in Whitson, N.H., where his constantly traveling parents have just renovated and...
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Andrew Clements, Author . Philomel $16.99 (167p) ISBN 978-0-399-24350-9
Clements hits no false notes in this beguiling sequel to Things Not Seen . Narrator Gwen left her West Virginia home two years earlier to live with her ailing grandfather in Manhattan to attend a music academy on scholarship. The disciplined 17-year-
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Andrew Clements. Random House, $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-399-55759-0
In the latest on-point school story by Clements (The Losers Club), compulsive collector Grace is thrilled when her grandfather says she can keep the 27 boxes of buttons she discovers in his old mill. But after she shares some of the cache with her...
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Andrew Clements, Author Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $16.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-689-81818-9
As he did in Frindle and The Landry News, Clements here puts an intelligent and credible fifth-grader at the center of a memorable novel. As the book opens, Jack, after much careful planning, is executing the ""perfect crime"": he assembles the...
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Andrew Clements, Author Aladdin Paperbacks $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-689-03329-2
Four of Andrew Clements's most popular books have been gathered into a boxed set, called School Days. The Janitor's Boy; The School Story (which both garnered starred reviews in PW); Frindle and The Landry News are the titles included, and there's
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Andrew Clements, Author . S&S $15.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-689-84515-4
With subtlety and authority, Clements (A Week in the Woods ) explores the plight of extraordinarily intelligent Nora, who, determined to avoid being singled out, has from an early age strategically hidden her genius from her parents, peers and...
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Andrew Clements, Author . Puffin $5.99 (251p) ISBN 978-0-14-240076-0
A 15-year-old boy discovers that he has turned invisible overnight and becomes determined to take control of the situation and of his own destiny. "As preposterous as the teen's predicament may be, the author spins a convincing and affecting
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Andrew Clements, Author, Ivan Gantschev, Illustrator Scholastic $4.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-590-44457-6
When a colt is concerned about incessant rain, his mother reassures him with an inventive new take on an old tale. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Andrew Clements, illus. by Mark Elliott. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99 (160p) ISBN 978-1-4169-4930-5
Clements (Extra Credit) delivers another rock-solid school story that will resonate with middle graders. Like his older brother, Mitch, sixth-grader Clay is habitually in trouble, and he can't wait to tell Mitch about his latest coup—a realistic...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator . S&S/Aladdin $4.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-689-83585-8
In a starred review, PW said that Clements "effectively draws a parallel" between Jack getting to know his janitor father, John, and John's relationship with his own father. "The author's uncanny ability to capture the fragile
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator , illus. by Brian Selznick. S&S $15.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-689-86683-8
Clements's (Frindle ) offers an uncharacteristically thin novel introducing a boy who excels at athletics and academics—and is a whiz at drawing—but whose "greatest talent had always been money." In preschool Greg did his...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator Atheneum Books $16.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-689-80669-8
Always one step ahead of his teachers, Nick not only can ""feel a homework assignment coming the way a farmer can feel a rainstorm"" but can dream up a distraction to prevent the assignment from being given. In fifth grade, however, he meets his...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator Aladdin Paperbacks $5.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-689-81876-9
Trying to aggravate a tough language-arts teacher, a fifth-grade boy invents a new word for pen: ""frindle."" Soon, the whole country is using it. ""Dictionary lovers will cotton to this mild classroom fantasy,"" said PW. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator , illus. by Brian Selznick. S&S/Aladdin $4.99 (196p) ISBN 978-0-689-85186-5
In a starred review, PW called this book about a 12-year-old aspiring author a "standout. Indeed a 'school story,' this is at heart a tale about the love between a father and a daughter." Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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Andrew Clements, Author, Brian Selznick, Illustrator , illus. by Brian Selznick. S&S $16 (160p) ISBN 978-0-689-82594-1
Clements's (Frindle) absorbing novel centers on Natalie, a 12-year-old aspiring author who, since her father died in an automobile accident, lives alone with her mother, Hannah, a children's book editor for a New York City publisher. As the...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Mark Elliott, Illustrator , illus. by Mark Elliott. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum $16.99 (161p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0985-9
Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson prepare for yet another year of being perceived as “two peas in a pod, two ducks on a pond, two spoons in a drawer,” when their family moves from Colorado to Cleveland before the start of sixth grade....
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Andrew Clements, Author, David Wisniewski, Illustrator Clarion Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-395-85579-9
Precision and poetry characterize this singular volume, which introduces the hand tools in a wood- and metal-working shop as the builders construct a carousel. Each spread presents one implement, from Ruler to Chisel to Saw, along with a haiku-like...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Kate Kiesler, Illustrator Clarion Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-395-72096-7
A wise angel who has seen it all delivers an anecdotal account of the night that was ""different from all the others--ever,"" the night that ""the great truth came to the earth once and for all."" In the voice of a seasoned spinner of yarns,...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Andrew Clements, Author, Salvatore Murdocca, Illustrator Millbrook Press $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-0275-9
In this breathlessly verbose tale, a rash of compound nonsense words infects an elementary school. Student Lulu exhibits the first symptom when she complains, ""My homework is all higgledy-piggledy. Last night it was in tip-top shape, but now it's a
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Andrew Clements, Author, McDavid Henderson, Illustrator . S&S/Aladdin $4.99 (89p) ISBN 978-0-689-86010-2
A sixth grader realizes he is prejudiced when he falsely assumes that an African-American schoolmate has stolen his coat. "The story pointedly delivers a timely message and can serve as a springboard for dialogue about tolerance and self-honesty
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Andrew Clements, Author, McDavid Henderson, Illustrator , illus. by Dan Gonzalez. S&S $12.95 (96p) ISBN 978-0-689-82595-8
Originally serialized in the Boston Globe, Clements's (Frindle; The School Story) brief, instructive tale centers on a sixth-grader who one day realizes that he is prejudiced. When Phil spies Daniel, an African-American schoolmate, wearing a...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Dolores Avendano, Illustrator Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $15.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-689-83919-1
In Jake Drake: Teacher's Pet by Andrew Clements, the third title in this series about an earnest and likable third-grader, Jake's attempts to turn his goody-two-shoes reputation around are aided by the least likely suspects. B&w illustrations by...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Dolores Avendano, Illustrator Atheneum Books $17.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-689-83921-4
Serious attempts to get a grumpy student teacher to crack a smile yield unexpected results in Jake Drake, Class Clown by Andrew Clements, illus. by Dolores Avenda$o, the fourth title about Jake in this Ready-for-Chapters series. ( Feb.)
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Andrew Clements, Author, Yoshi, Illustrator , illus. by Yoshi. S&S/Aladdin $6.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0366-6
In this sequel to Big Al , "the spreads of the ocean depths are every bit as appealing as in the previous book," according to PW . Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Andrew Clements, Author, Yoshi, Illustrator, Yoshi Kogo, Illustrator Atheneum Books $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-689-84247-4
The sequel to Big Al, Big Al and Shrimpy by Andrew Clements, illus. by Yoshi, explores the friendship between the mismatched fish; an unlikely turn of events signals certain change in the smaller fish's popularity. The full-bleed spreads of the...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Tim Bowers, Illustrator , illus. by Tim Bowers. S&S $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-689-85823-9
Clements (Lunch Money) cleverly combines haiku and an endearing canine protagonist in this jaunty tale, written primarily from the pooch's perspective. After the friendly creature arrives on the doorstep of a family's home, the mother...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Janie Bynum, Illustrator , illus. by Janie Bynum. Dutton $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-47287-2
In Slippers at Home , Clements (Frindle ) introduces the chubby hound hero of his new series and owners Mommy, Daddy, Laura and baby Edward—"four people of his very own, and he loves every one of them." Youngsters will quickly be won...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Mike Reed, Illustrator , illus. by Mike Reed. S&S $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-689-85824-6
Clements (Room One , reviewed below) sets out, with mixed results, to explain the concept of one million through a roundup of number factoids and an accumulation of tiny dots. After viewing the opening page—which presents a single period-size...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Chris Blair, Illustrator Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $16.99 (162p) ISBN 978-0-689-86686-9
Clements (Frindle ) introduces 12-year-old Ted, a likable lad who reads multiple mysteries each week\x97and insists on solving each midway through the book. (Then he reads the second half to see if he was right.) But now the Nebraska boy finds...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Keith Nobbs, Read by , read by Keith Nobbs. S&S Audio $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-5560-9
Nobbs does a fine job of portraying aspiring detective Ted Hammond, a fifth-grader who wishes he could solve the mystery of what will become of his family's farm and his one-room schoolhouse as his tiny Nebraska town struggles through tough...
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Andrew Clements, read by Keith Nobbs. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4 hrs., $18.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-3744-2
Clements’s third book in the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series finds the titular character fighting to prevent his school from being torn down and replaced by an oceanfront amusement park. Accompanied by his good friend Jill, Ben...
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Andrew Clements, Author, Mark Elliott, Illustrator . S&S $15.99 (146p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0983-5
C lements's (Lunch Money ) latest thoughtful school tale opens as fifth-grader Dave researches a report on India. He is fascinated to learn that for years Mahatma Gandhi did not speak at all one day each week to “bring order to his mind.&#
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Andrew Clements, Author, Mark Elliott, Illustrator , illus. by Mark Elliott. S&S/Atheneum $16.99 (183p) ISBN 978-1-4169-4929-9
Clements (Frindle ) successfully bridges two cultures in this timely and insightful dual-perspective story. When Abby learns that her teachers want her to repeat sixth grade, the Illinois girl pledges to improve her grades and complete an extra-credi
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Andrew Clements, Author, Lonnie S. Johnson, Illustrator, Lonni Sue Johnson, With Picture Book Studio Ltd $15.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-88708-138-5
If the motto of the day is ``Think globally, act locally,'' this luminous picture book helps inculcate that environmentalist precept. Clements urges readers to count from one earth (``only one'') through nine mammals (``and many more, including you''
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Andrew Clements, Author, Adam Stower, Illustrator , illus. by Adam Stower. S&S/Atheneum $14.99 (160p) ISBN 978-1-4169-3886-6
This suspenseful novel, which launches Clements's (No Talking ) Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series, catapults Ben into a mystery surrounding his seaside school. Founded by a Revolutionary War–era sea captain, the school
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Andrew Clements, Author, Raquel Jaramillo, Illustrator , photos by Raquel Jaramillo. S&S/Atheneum $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4169-6166-6
The title and artfully composed cover photo of a butterfly perched on a child’s cupped hand offer clues to what lies within this warmhearted and deceptively simple book. Clements (Dogku ) and Jaramillo pay tribute to what hands are useful for&#
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Andrew Clements. Random House, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-399-55755-2
Sixth grader Alec Spencer spends most of his time reading—in real life he’s harassed by his neighbor and former friend Kent, and books are a welcome escape. But Alec’s constant reading is putting him in the academic danger zone (summer school is a...
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Andrew Clements, illus. by Mark Elliott. S&S/Atheneum, $16.99 (128p) ISBN 978-1-4169-9724-5
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.” That’s not likely, given...
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Andrew Clements, illus. by R.W. Alley. Clarion, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-547-25522-4
In this companion to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a mother teaches her son self-reliance during a camping trip. “When you have to cross the stream, and the log looks skinny and wobbly, your mommy could say, Don’t worry, I’ll take you across. But...
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Andrew Clements, illus. by R.W. Alley. Clarion, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-544-14854-3
Of the many things grandparents excel at, unfailing patience and kindness top the list as two children visit their elder relatives’ idyllic farm. Writing in second person, Clements poses theoretical scenarios about how the grandparents might react...
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