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About Average



by
Andrew Clements
illustrated by
Mark Elliott

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781416997245
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Jordan never wins awards or gets special recognition. But when a situation calls for her special combination of skills, Jordan proves herself extraordinary. Black-and-white illustrations rendered in pencil.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fic

AR

5.5: points 3

Lexile

860L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Oct 2012

Book Genres


Topics

Ability. Schools. Individuality. Heroes. Tornadoes.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Popular, prolific author Andrew Clements has written yet another realistic, enjoyable school story with a believable set of characters.
  • Readers will discover that Jordan is a special person (her efforts usually go unrecognized, but Jordan works harder than just about everyone, and she’s careful, organized, and considerate to boot), even though she thinks she’s ordinary. They may come away from the story with a greater appreciation for their own talents.
  • A bully situation is handled convincingly. When a classmate teases her in an especially hurtful way, Jordan thinks carefully about how to react, even considering filing a complaint in accordance with the school’s anti-bullying program. But instead Jordan decides to try kindness (“Could something as simple as being nice actually work?” she wonders) and she handles herself with such aplomb that it might inspire kids with similar struggles to try the same approach.

School Library Journal

Jordan Johnston wants to find a way to be extraordinary instead of average by the end of sixth grade. She’s a C student even though she tries hard, she’s not short or tall, and she feels just plain ordinary. Her list of things she is “okay at” (singing, running, telling jokes, and soccer) and “stinks at” (softball, bowling, crossword puzzles, and tennis) is longer than the things she is “great at” (babysitting and gardening). Her list gets into the wrong hands, and Marlea uses it as fodder to make fun of her. Jordan attempts to stop the bullying by responding with kindness. The third-person narrative about Jordan is interspersed with chapters featuring Joe the Weather Guy worrying about a possible late-spring storm. Tensions rise as a tornado hits the area, allowing Jordan to display her extraordinary talent. Clements offers a cast of believable characters as well as solutions for dealing with bullies. Pencil illustrations sprinkled throughout each chapter add to the story. While the natural disaster seems a bit forced, Clements’s fans will be hooked.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Popular, prolific author Andrew Clements has written yet another realistic, enjoyable school story with a believable set of characters.
  • Readers will discover that Jordan is a special person (her efforts usually go unrecognized, but Jordan works harder than just about everyone, and she’s careful, organized, and considerate to boot), even though she thinks she’s ordinary. They may come away from the story with a greater appreciation for their own talents.
  • A bully situation is handled convincingly. When a classmate teases her in an especially hurtful way, Jordan thinks carefully about how to react, even considering filing a complaint in accordance with the school’s anti-bullying program. But instead Jordan decides to try kindness (“Could something as simple as being nice actually work?” she wonders) and she handles herself with such aplomb that it might inspire kids with similar struggles to try the same approach.

School Library Journal

Jordan Johnston wants to find a way to be extraordinary instead of average by the end of sixth grade. She’s a C student even though she tries hard, she’s not short or tall, and she feels just plain ordinary. Her list of things she is “okay at” (singing, running, telling jokes, and soccer) and “stinks at” (softball, bowling, crossword puzzles, and tennis) is longer than the things she is “great at” (babysitting and gardening). Her list gets into the wrong hands, and Marlea uses it as fodder to make fun of her. Jordan attempts to stop the bullying by responding with kindness. The third-person narrative about Jordan is interspersed with chapters featuring Joe the Weather Guy worrying about a possible late-spring storm. Tensions rise as a tornado hits the area, allowing Jordan to display her extraordinary talent. Clements offers a cast of believable characters as well as solutions for dealing with bullies. Pencil illustrations sprinkled throughout each chapter add to the story. While the natural disaster seems a bit forced, Clements’s fans will be hooked.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH

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