Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

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With my new job as an official elementary school librarian, I will be reading chapter books for kiddo's a lot more.  This one took me about a day and a half.  Andrew Clements is one of my favorite kid authors.  This was a good read with a first chapter that will grab the kids attention because he uses the word jackass.  Now, IF you have a little Troublemaker, the story will take a turn and show them how it is ok to change and changing that behavior can be a good thing.  Well done!  I will definitely do a book talk on this one!

Summary:
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. 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.
It’s a pretty funny joke, but Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. 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.

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.

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