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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
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Tags:School, Gr. 3-6, tornadoes, bullying

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A super quick read with a great message about staying true to yourself and not letting bullies change you. Highly recommended. ( )
  JenW1 | Apr 11, 2017 |
Everyone wants to be good at something; so it's easy to see how it may be hard for children to see themselves clearly. They're all growing, learning, and have yet to realize their full potential. Such is the case with the main character, Jordan Johnston, who feel average in every way. Throughout this novel she is learning to find something that makes her stand out so that she can be remembered in some special way by her peers before they all graduate from the 6th grade. Although Jordan thinks that she is only good at a couple of things, the reader and other characters around Jordan point out to her several different positive characteristics she embodies that make her who she is.

Her Teachers think she Is kind because she never talks badly about anyone and always has a smile on her face. Her dad thinks she's hardworking because she always tries her best in school ( despite being a "C" student), and her friends think she is mature for how she handles herself with a school bully by choosing to take the high road. Not only that, but the reader can also sense a higher level of maturity/wisdom in Jordan during the climax of the story when she saves everyone during the intense storm by staying calm and quickly coming up with a solid plan. Compared to the beginning of the year, Jordan would've never done this because she was so unsure of herself. But clearly by the end of the year Jordan had grown so much in confidence.There are so many wonderful thing about this kind and wise young girl, so it was nice to see her immense growth as a character as she learns to accept herself for the way she is. ( )
  JadaHalsey | Mar 1, 2017 |
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 |
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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
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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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