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About Average by Andrew Clements

About Average (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott (Illustrator)

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Title:About Average
Authors:Andrew Clements
Other authors:Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 128 pages
Collections:Your library, School related titles
Tags:School, Gr. 3-6, tornadoes, bullying

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About Average by Andrew Clements (2012)



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Narrated by Celia Keenan-Bolger. Over the course of a hot school day, Jordan's averageness comes to the fore as all around her she notes classsmates who are better athletes, more popular, prettier, louder, and smarter than she. Popular girl Marlia isn't helping matters by teasing Jordan about her privately created list of personal attributes. But when an unexpected tornado hits the school grounds, it ends up being Jordan's moment to shine: with her organizational skill she mobilizes the other kids to save themselves. Keenan-Bolger fully expresses Jordan's frustration with being "average." Reassuring for kids who think they don't have much to offer; their time will come to shine. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This deceptively simple book has important messages packed into it, in a quiet, pleasing story. Jordan is in the last few days of her 6th grade classes, aware that next year she will be a middle schooler on her way to adulthood. An extremely pragmatic child, she examines herself and decides that she has no special looks or talents. She's just average. For some reason, though, one of the pretty, talented, smarter girls has begun bullying her and Jordan must figure out a way to stop it while being true to herself. I really enjoyed Jordan's journey of discovery and will look for more books by this author. ( )
  whymaggiemay | May 9, 2014 |
Average - not something that usually comes to mind with Andrew Clements.
Good enough to spend time reading but not good enough to spend money on (I got this out of the library). ( )
  ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
3-1/2 stars but not something I'd recommend to most adults. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
An appealing, relatable story about a 6th grade girl who discovers ordinary people can do extraordinary things. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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For Tara Howard.  --A.C.
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It was a sunny spring morning, but there was murder in the air
None of the things she was great at mattered.
Jordan was scared, too, but she fought the fear.  It tried to paralyze her, tried to make her dizzy and weak.  It felt exactly like a bad dream, so she forced herself to wake up, forced herself to think.
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Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. 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.

But everyone else? They’re remarkable. She sees evidence everywhere—on TV, in magazines, and even in her classroom. Tremendously talented. Stunningly beautiful. Wildly gifted. And some of them are practically her age!

Jordan feels doomed to a life of wallowing in the vast, soggy middle. So she makes a goal: By the end of the year, she will discover her great talent. By the end of the year, she will no longer be average. She will find a way to become extraordinary, and everyone will know about it!
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As the end of sixth grade nears, Jordan Johnson, unhappy that she is only average in appearance, intelligence, and athletic ability, reveals her special skills when disaster strikes her central Illinois elementary school.

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