The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements

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Ordinarily, no one would have imagined that Jack Rankin would vandalize a desk. But this was not an ordinary school year for Jack....

When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old high school -- the building where his father works as a janitor -- he dreads the start of school. Jack manages to get through the first month without the kids catching on. Then comes the disastrous day when one of his classmates loses his lunch all over the floor. John the janitor is called in to clean up, and he does the unthinkable -- he turns to Jack with a big smile and says, "Hi, son."
     Jack performs an act of revenge and gets himself into a sticky situation. His punishment is to assist the janitor after school for three weeks. The work is tedious, not to mention humiliating. But there is one perk, janitors have access to keys, keys to secret places....
 

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 May 8, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 154 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Fiction

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As he did in Frindle and The Landry News, Clements here puts an intelligent and credible fifth-grader at the center of a memorable novel. As the book opens, Jack, after much careful planning, is execu

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As he did in Frindle and The Landry News, Clements here puts an intelligent and credible fifth-grader at the center of a memorable novel. As the book opens, Jack, after much careful planning, is execu

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In a starred review, PW said that Clements "effectively draws a parallel" between Jack getting to know his janitor father, John, and John's relatio

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BC Books

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Until the school district was rezoned and Jack started going to school in the old high school building where his dad was still the janitor.

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Common Sense Media

This begins a voyage of discovery for Jack into the hidden recesses of the school and of his father's past.

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