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The Last Holiday Concert (edition 2005)

by Andrew Clements

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Title:The Last Holiday Concert
Authors:Andrew Clements
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2005), Edition: 1st Scholastic Printing, Hardcover, 166 pages
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Goodness. ?I do love Clements' school stories. ?áThe kids, and the adults, face relatively minor challenges, make some relatively minor mistakes/ bad choices, but the end is triumphant, though not implausibly HEA.

Lisa Morton's dad had decided not to spend twelve thousand dollars on wiring and harnesses so his little girl [6th grade] could fly like an angel, but he and Lisa had come up with something almost as dramatic. ?áAnd on that last Saturday afternoon they were both hard at work in the old gym."" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Booktalk: Hart Evans is one of the most popular kids in the sixth grade. All the guys want to be his friend, all the girls think he's cute, and even his teachers give him some slack if he turns his homework in late. Everybody likes Hart. He's not stuck up about it, he's just a genuinely cool guy to be around. But then his chorus teacher Mr. Meinert blows up at the sixth graders and tells them they can produce the holiday concert on their own, it's their problem now. Hart ends up being elected the chorus director for the concert and now he's in charge. Since Hart is so popular and well-liked you would think organizing the concert and telling people what to do would be easy. But Hart finds out it's not. Even the kids who liked him so much before are turning against him. The pressure is definitely on to successfully put on THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book is about a boy named Hart who everyone thinks is cool. Even the elementary schoolers think he's cool. He is in the sixth grade chorus class. His music teacher likes his job very much. When Hart and his class are practicing for the winter concert in December, he gets a rubber band from his pocket and shoots it a his teacher. It sticks on his sweater, and he doesn't notice. He then gets hit in the neck and sends Hart to the principal. When Hart gets set free, the teacher deciedes to put Hart in charge of the class, because Hart was acting like teaching was an easy job. He just told the class chorus be came a free period and that they could do whatever they wanted. The teacher then told Hart that he had to get the kids to sing, because the concert wasn't far away.

I liked this book. I thought the winter concert was funny. One of the kids dressed like Elvis, who was dressed as Santa. The audience laughed when they saw that. Two girls dressed up like dredels and spun around a lot. One of them couldn't continue because of an accident she made. There was also a "Jingle Bells" sing-along, where the whole audience got to sing "Jingle Bells" with the choir. One kid did his magic trick, which made his grandpa happy because he's the one who taught him the trick. Another girl recited her poem about peace, which was real nice. Everyone was really impressed with the show. ( )
  Andre.cbec6671 | Jan 5, 2012 |
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  tmquitshaw | Dec 26, 2011 |
Sixth grader Hart Evans is the most popular boy in his class. He’s confident, easy-going, and, according to some eleven-year-old girls in the story, pretty easy on the eyes. He loves everything about school and what it means for his reputation - everything except chorus. He thinks it’s boring and embarrassing and one day, as an indirect result from a prank he plays on the director, he finds himself in charge of the upcoming holiday concert. Will Hart be able to pull the rowdy chorus together in time? Will his popularity be compromised when he has to make unpopular choices for the concert? Author Andrew Clements explores themes of peace, cooperation, leadership and, of course, popularity in his early young adult book about middle school in “The Last Holiday Concert”. His language is easy-to-read and the book moves quickly, making it a good choice for readers newer to chapter books. The main character, Hart, is likeable and human and will appeal to reading boys – which is always a find in young adult fiction. The ending gets a little maudlin but as that reflects so much of what middle school represents for most children, it still rings true for its audience. Recommended for ages 9-11. ( )
  sroslund | Nov 16, 2011 |
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For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything -- all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart's errant rubber band hits Mr. Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it's the last straw for the chorus director, who's just learned he's about to lose his job due to budget cuts. So he tells the class they can produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It's all up to them. And who gets elected to run the show? The popular Mr. Hart Evans.

Hart soon discovers there's a big difference between popularity and leadership, and to his surprise, discovers something else as well -- it's really important to him that this be the best holiday concert ever, and even more important, that it not be the last.

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Life is usually easy for popular fifth grader Hart Evans, but when his music teacher puts him in charge of the holiday concert, Hart must use all of his leadership skills to unite the other students.

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