Thursday, June 6, 2013

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements (author of Frindle
provides us with another school story that we can relate to!

Book description from
Clayton Hensley is accustomed to trouble: There’s a folder of incident reports in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phonebook and growing daily. Most recently, Clay’s art teacher told the class to spend the period drawing anything they wanted, and Clay decided to be extra “creative” by drawing a spot-on portrait of Principal Kelling…as a donkey.
It’s a pretty funny joke, but Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways…but he can’t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker. From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior—and how everyday choices can close or open doors.

My 25 cents:
When I picked this book up to read, I had a couple of surprises.  First of all, the main character draws his principal as a donkey, but refers to the picture as a different name for a donkey...a little surprising so just be aware.  I was expecting for this story to knock my socks off like some of his others stories.  This one I think was a little more on the "serious" side. Is a well known troublemaker able to shake his reputation and turn over a new leaf?  It's a good story, but more serious than his other school tales.  

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