Archive for the ‘Andrew Clements’ Category

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children- 63

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children – By Andrew Clements – This was a great book. Benjamin goes to school at a harbor side school. The school was build by Captain Oakes. The old janitor has a conversation in the hall with Benjamin and gives him a coin with writing on it. Then the janitor dies. Benjamin tells his friend Jill about the coin, and they start trying to figure out what it is talking about. Jill and Benjamin discover a compass on the floor outside the girls’ restroom which leads them to find a movable floorboard. Behind the floorboard they find a key and a note about saving the school. Benjamin also races sail boats, and he has a big race coming up on Saturday. He winds up saving another sailor’s life. Then the book leaves you hanging. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. It seems to be the start of a great series.

In Harm’s Way – 60

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

In Harm’s Way – By Andrew Clements – The fourth book in the series is great. Lyman gets himself a partner.  Ben and Robert have another race against one another.  It is a page turner.

Lost and Found – 57

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Lost and Found – By Andrew Clements – He is a great author. He writes about things that could and may even really happen at school. This book is about twins moving to a new school and they find a way to skip school.

The Whites of Their Eyes – 36

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The Whites of Their Eyes – By Andrew Clements -This book is the third book in a series I have read to my students. Ben and his friends Jill and Robert are trying to save the school from being torn down. They found the first safeguard, but can not use it right yet. They find some money with the help of the old janitor and the dead janitor’s wife. The 3 children find a secret room that was used to help runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, but they forget to close and door and the bad guys find it too. We can’t wait until the next book comes out, so we can see what happens next.

Trouble Maker – 30

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Trouble Maker – By Andrew Clements – Clay has a permanent record several inches thick. He is most excited to tell his older brother, Mitch, about his latest offense in the office. Clay draws a picture of the principal that looks like a donkey. When Clay gets home, Mitch is not at all impressed. MItch just came home from a month in jail. Mitch makes Clay change his ways. He dresses different, gets a hair cut, and most of all stops getting in trouble. Things are fine for Clay until his drawing in spray painted on the principal’s house, and the cops come to his house. Clay goes to the principal’s house and tells him he didn’t do it because he is different now. The principal believes him and tells the cops to leave the kid only. The secretary is going through the records and wants to make sure Clay’s folder is fine, but it is now a lot thinner.

About Average – 29

Monday, November 19th, 2012

About Average – By Andrew Clements – Jordan feels average among all of her peers. She makes 3 lists, what she is good at, what she is okay at, and what she stinks at. She gets down on herself because she is only really good at two things. Another girl finds her lists and starts making fun at her. Jordan decides she is going to be nothing but nice to this girl for the rest of the school year. That is all fine until a tornado comes through town and demolishes part of the school. Jordan takes charge of the other students and brings her unconscious teacher to safety. Now she is not average anymore.

Fear Itself – 27

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Fear Itself – By Andrew Clements – This is a great sequel to We the Children. It picks right up where the first one left off. Ben and Jill know that the new janitor is keeping tabs on them. Ben goes to the funeral for the former janitor and meets his predecessor Tom Benton. Ben learns that the janitor also left some things for him with his wife. Tom asks Ben to retrieve his old tackle box from the janitor closet. Ben finds an amendment to Captain Oakes will that can change everything. Ben and Jill go talk to an attorney that turns out to be a direct descendant of Captain Oakes. Ben also finds the tackle box and returns it to Tom. It has several odd rare coins in it.

Jake Drake: Bully Buster – 26

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Jake Drake: Bully Buster By – Andrew Clements – This was a great book to help kids deal with bullies. Jake is always picked on by bullies. When the new kids Link moves to town, he picks Jake to pick on, but Jake decides he isn’t going to let them bully get to him. He tries to shake off things and act like they don’t bother him. The turning point is when Jake goes to Link’s house, and they work on a school project. Then when they are presenting the project at school Jake tells the class that Link did it all by himself. Now Jake is a bully buster. He knows that under that bully face is a regular kid somewhere.

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children – 25

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children – By Andrew Clements – This was a great book. Benjamin goes to school at a harbor side school. The school was build by Captain Oakes. The old janitor has a conversation in the hall with Benjamin and gives him a coin with writing on it. Then the janitor dies. Benjamin tells his friend Jill about the coin, and they start trying to figure out what it is talking about. Jill and Benjamin discover a compass on the floor outside the girls’ restroom which leads them to find a movable floorboard. Behind the floorboard they find a key and a note about saving the school. Benjamin also races sail boats, and he has a big race coming up on Saturday. He winds up saving another sailor’s life. Then the book leaves you hanging. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. It seems to be the start of a great series.

Lost and Found – 56

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Lost and Found – By Andrew Clements – He is a great author. He writes about things that could and may even really happen at school. This book is about twins moving to a new school and they find a way to skip school.