About Average

Not gifted, not flunking out. She wants to get marlea back! but what’s the best way to beat a bully? could it be with kindness? Called “a genius of gentle, high concept tales set in suburban middle school” by The New York Times, bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible—self-acceptance.

Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Not plump, not slim. Then marlea harkins, one of the most popular girls in school—and most definitely the meanest—does something unthinkable, and suddenly nice, average Jordan isn’t thinking average thoughts anymore. Even her shoe size is average. She’s ordinary for her school, for her town, for even the whole wide world, it seems.

Not short, not tall. Can average be amazing? The bestselling author of Frindle shows that with a little kindness, it can. Jordan Johnston is average.


From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior—and how everyday choices can close or open doors. Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker? A reputation proves challenging to change in this “rock-solid school story” Publishers Weekly from Andrew Clements.

Clayton hensley is accustomed to trouble: There’s a folder of incident reports in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phonebook and growing daily. When his big brother, mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways…but he can’t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.

It’s a pretty funny joke, but Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. Most recently, clay’s art teacher told the class to spend the period drawing anything they wanted, and Clay decided to be extra “creative” by drawing a spot-on portrait of Principal Kelling…as a donkey.


Extra Credit

But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is. Unhealthy? as letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to each other.

She just doesn’t like doing it. And in this village, it’s not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So, sadeed’s sister will dictate and sign the letters for him. But when abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, complications arise. And consequently, abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra credit project: find a pen pal in a distant country.

And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, and most of all, about their world, about themselves. Atheneum Books. It isn’t that abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. The elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well, but the only qualified English-speaking student is a boy.


The Report Card

Suddenly the attention she's successfully avoided all her life is focused on her, and her secret is out. But then nora gets fed up with the importance everyone attaches to test scores and grades, and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point. Atheneum Books. And that's when things start to get really complicated.

. She's managed to make it to the fifth grade without anyone figuring out that she's not just an ordinary kid, and she wants to keep it that way. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. A fifth-grade genius turns the spotlight on grades—good and bad—in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle. Nora rose rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone.


The School Story

The next bestselling school story may be in their hands—but can Natalie and Zoe pull off their masquerade? Atheneum Books. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Then zoe has a brilliant idea: Natalie can submit her manuscript under a pen name, with Zoe acting as her literary agent.

But how can a twelve-year-old girl publish a book? Natalie's mother is an editor for a big children's publisher, but Natalie doesn't want to ask for any favors. But it's not easy for two sixth graders to put themselves over as grown-ups, even with some help from a couple of real grown-ups who are supportive but skeptical.

. Two middle school girls scheme to publish a book in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle. Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie's written is good enough to be published.

Captain Nobody

When newt newman's football-star brother, chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by helping him create the ultimate Halloween costume: Captain Nobody. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. But will captain nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most? Atheneum Books.

. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Newt feels strong and confident in his new getup, so he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. Soon newt assumes the role of a hero in a string of exploits that include foiling a robbery and saving a planeload of passengers.

Lost and Found

But at least they’ll have each other’s company at their new school. And fun. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Ray’s not on the attendance lists and doesn’t have a locker, or even a student folder. Maybe even a little dangerous. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Except, on the first day of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one knows about his brother.

Jay decides that this lost information could be very…useful. Identical twins Ray and Jay Grayson are moving to a new town. As these two clever boys exploit a clerical oversight, each one discovers new perspectives on selfhood, friendship, and honesty. Again. Atheneum Books.

A Week in the Woods

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Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand. Can two such strong adversaries work together to save their lives? Atheneum Books. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. But it may be too late for Mark to change Mr. On the first day of the week, mark puts not only himself, and in a reckless moment, the tension between teacher and student explodes, but also Mr.


Lunch Money Rise and Shine

Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Will their enterprise -- and their friendship -- prevail? Atheneum Books. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. So when greg discovers that maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he's ready to declare war. The problem is, greg has to admit that Maura's books are good, and soon the longtime enemies become unlikely business partners.

Greg kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. But their budding partnership is threatened when the principal bans the sale of their comics in school. Great product! Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Meet greg kenton, billionaire in the making.

Suddenly, the two former rivals find themselves united against an adversary tougher than they ever were to each other.

The Last Holiday Concert

Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything -- all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Atheneum Books. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Hart Evans. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Hart soon discovers there's a big difference between popularity and leadership, and to his surprise, discovers something else as well -- it's really important to him that this be the best holiday concert ever, and even more important, that it not be the last.

For hart evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. It's all up to them. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. So he tells the class they can produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. When hart's errant rubber band hits Mr. Great product! Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it's the last straw for the chorus director, who's just learned he's about to lose his job due to budget cuts.

And who gets elected to run the show? The popular Mr. Meinert.

The Landry News

Tomorrow's headline: Will Cara's newspaper cost Mr. Great product! Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Larson something else to read -- her own newspaper, The Landry News. Before she knows it, the whole fifth-grade class is in on the project. Larson his job? Atheneum Books. The worse news is that her teacher, Mr. Larson, would rather read the paper and drink coffee than teach his students anything.

So cara decides to give Mr. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. New student gets old teacher the bad news is that Cara Landry is the new kid at Denton Elementary School. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. But then the principal finds a copy of The Landry News, with unexpected results.