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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Celia Keenan-Bolger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jordan Johnson is average—not short, not tall; not plump, not slim; not blonde, not brunette; not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She’s ordinary for her school, for her town, even for the whole wide world, it seems.

Everyone else—on television and in movies, books, magazines, and every e-mail publicity blast—is remarkable. Tremendously talented, stunningly beautiful, wildly gifted. And, they’re kids hardly older than she is.

Jordan feels doomed to a life wallowing around somewhere in that vast, soggy middle. So, she makes a goal: by the end of the year, she will discover her great talent in life. 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!

Well known for his expert ability to relate to kids in a school setting, bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible—personal acceptance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Andrew Clement set the standard for the school story.”

    New York Times

  • “Andrew Clements has written another thoughtful novel of problems that young readers really do face.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Clements adds to his canon of school stories with this thoughtful novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As he has done so often before, Clements offers a comfortable third-person narrative, a convincing school story full of familiar sights and sounds, as well as a believable cast of characters. Unusually, Clements also models grown-ups with fulfilling, if ordinary lives…What is extraordinary is how Clements can continue to produce realistic examples of kid power year after year. More than a feel-good story with a message, this is another good read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by InYourFaceNewYorker | 2/10/2014

    " Not Clements's best. Kids will probably enjoy it, but I think the same story could have been told in half the time. The ending seemed a bit contrived which Clements's books are sometimes guilty of. This book, like the title, is "about average." Andrew, you can do better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hello | 2/8/2014

    " great book read it myself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 2/4/2014

    " I absolutely loved the first half of the book. With a daughter that is at an age where you worry how they are fitting in and a society that is so focused on bullying I thought this would be the perfect book. It goes a long way in showing that everyone can find things that they are good at. I am also very fond of Jordan's plan to counter Marlea's bullying with niceness. I just wish that the book had ended with Jordan finding her own place without the help of a natural disaster. Some way that other kids could possibly find their own ways. Overall I love Andrew Clements books; I think he does a fabulous job writing in a way that kids can relate to his books and characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edward Sullivan | 1/27/2014

    " An appealing, relatable story about a 6th grade girl who discovers ordinary people can do extraordinary things. "

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