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The Report Card
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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com. Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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"With subtlety and authority, Clements explores the plight of an extraordinarily intelligent girl, who from an early age, has strategically hidden her genius from her parents, peers and teachers," PW wrote in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Gr 3-7-Fifth grader Nora Rowley narrates this tale by Andrew Clements (S & S, 2004) about a child who attempts to prove to adults that some accepted standards should be questioned. Since she was an infant, Nora has known that she is a genius. When she realized the attention this would garner, she decided at a very early age to hide this fact from her family. She managed to get through kindergarten by imitating other children and mirroring their progress in things she had long ago mastered, such as writing and reading. By fifth grade, Nora has firmly established herself in everyone's mind as a thoroughly average student. Her best friend, Stephen, has difficulty taking tests and with pressure to do well. However, this year, Nora has a plan. She hopes to prove that grades and standardized testing are not true reflections of a person's intelligence or abilities. This recording brings all the humor and thought-provoking aspects of the novel to life. Dina Sherman narrates beautifully, easily taking on the role of a fifth grade girl who is extremely bright yet is fooling everyone into believing otherwise. She also capably voices the adults in the story, especially the sympathetic librarian and the school psychologist who doesn't appreciate having been made a fool of by a 10 year old. Upper elementary and middle school students will relate to the pressures these fifth graders face over testing and grades.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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