Archive for the ‘Andrew Clements’ Category

Big Al – 2

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Big Al By Andrew Clements – This story is about a big scary looking fish who just wants to make friends.

Fear Itself – 65

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

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.

Things that are – 10

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Things that are – By Andrew Clements – This book is a second to Things not seen. Alicia and Bobby are trapped with what to do an invisible man that Bobby met in New York. The man, William, comes to see if Bobby and Alicia can help him to become visible again. In the middle of all this Alicia is wanting more than just friendship with Bobby, but she is unsure how Bobby feels about this.

Extra Credit – 67

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Extra Credit – By Andrew Clements – To look at the cover this book appears that it is going to be different than Clements’ other books. This fifth grader is getting ready to go to middle school and is failing. Her teacher gives her some extra credit work to do that will help her pass. Abby is to write several letters to a penpal. The penpal is from Afghanistan. The teacher in Afghanistan wants his best student to write the letter, but that happens to be a boy. The elders do no think it appropriate for a boy to be writing to a girl, so they ask his younger sister to write the letter under her brother’s supervision. The two start to exchange letters when both sides have opposition. In Afghanistan a rough man man handles the boy because of the letter. In America a parent feels uncomfortable with the Afghanistan flag in the room. So the letters must stop for the safety of all. The two children learned a lot about other country. It was a good book.

We the Children – 58

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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.

The Janitor’s Boy – 41

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The Janitor’s Boy – By Andrew Clements – This book is great. It is about a young boy who learns how to respect his father. He starts out being embarrassed that his father is the school janitor. he wants to get even with him, so he puts a big wad of gum on a chair. It turns out that the principal figures out he did it and punishes him. The boy has to clean the um off the desks in the whole building. The boy finds a cabinet that has keys in it. He takes the keys to the tower and the steam tunnel. He goes exploring the school and feels so alive. He gets locked in the steam tunnel and has to find his way out. His dad finds him after he finally gets out. He learns to respect his father the janitor.

A Week in the Woods – 5

Friday, June 5th, 2009

A Week in the Woods By Andrew Clements – This is book five for the summer. This book was great. Andrew Clements is a great author for elementary school children. This book is about a young boy Mark who is dealing with moving to a new school up in New Hampshire in the middle of February. The new school’s fifth graders take a trip to a local park and spend a week in the woods. Mark is trying to make new friends and takes the blame for another boy bringing a knife on the trip. The science teacher is out looking for Mark and gets hurt. Mark and Mr. Maxwell find each other early in the morning. Mark was able to spend the night in the woods because he had been spending a lot of time outside at his new house. Mark and Mr. Maxwell make it back to camp and everyone is glad to see them.

Lost and Found

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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 Jacket

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The Jacket – By Andrew Clements – Great book about thinking before you act. This boy roughs up this other younger boy because he thinks that he stole it from his brother.