About Average by Andrew Clements

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Can average be amazing? The bestselling author of Frindle shows that with a little kindness, it can.

Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She’s ordinary for her school, for her town, for even the whole wide world, it seems.

Then Marlea Harkins, one of the most popular girls in school—and most definitely the meanest—does something unthinkable, and suddenly nice, average Jordan isn’t thinking average thoughts anymore. She wants to get Marlea back! But what’s the best way to beat a bully? Could it be with kindness?

Called “a genius of gentle, high concept tales set in suburban middle school” by The New York Times, bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible—self-acceptance.
 

About Andrew Clements

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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 central Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
 
Published July 24, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 130 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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How can a plain girl with few talents possibly achieve the triumphal moment of a sixth-grader's dreams?

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Clements adds to his canon of school stories with this thoughtful novel about an earnest and introspective girl who longs to wrap up her sixth-grade year “in a blaze of glory, a flash of triumph, a bu

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Clements adds to his canon of school stories with this thoughtful novel about an earnest and introspective girl who longs to wrap up her sixth-grade year “in a blaze of glory, a flash of triumph, a burst of superstardom.” That’s not likely, given that, although Jordan is a hard worker, sheâ...

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Jordan's story is interspersed with short chapters that focus on the local weather man's observations of changing clouds, which ultimately tie into Jordan's discovery that there's nothing wrong with being average, and there are different ways to define success.

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At the end of the day, a truly devastating disaster is averted by her own remarkable abilities, but by then Jordan already knows she is unique and wonderful and well above average.

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In the end, Jordan discovers that all her talents play an important part in her life.

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Jordan's story is interspersed with short chapters that focus on the local weather man's observations of changing clouds, which ultimately tie into Jordan's discovery that there's nothing wrong with being average, and there are different ways to define success.

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