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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781442304550
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There’s a folder in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phonebook and it’s growing daily. It’s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There’s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports that show Clay’s own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition: the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want and Clay decides to be extra “creative” and draw a spot-on portrait of Principal Kellings…as a donkey.

It’s a pretty funny joke, but really, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clements is a genius of gentle, high-concept tales set in suburban middle schools.” 

    New York Times 

  • “Another rock-solid school story that will resonate with middle graders.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/7/2011

    " Solid effort. This time Clements writes about kid who tries to undo his troublemaking ways. Not quite as brilliant as some of Clements' earlier works as the story almost seemed a little too easy at times. But a decent story anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica | 10/17/2011

    " This is like a sixth grade version of American History X. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Library Lady | 10/3/2011

    " Normally I love Clements, but this book has a preachy edge with little to leaven it. Has he been reading the Berenstain Bears books lately? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 9/19/2011

    " Really liked it just wish he did not use the work jackass! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 9/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this addition to Clements' School Stories. He is a master at pacing, and I found the story moved quickly and kept me interested. My favorite character was the principal and I loved the ending. A lesson to be learned. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 9/14/2011

    " As much as I don't believe in censoring what the kids at my school read, I'm not sure how I feel about them reading a book about a boy who's trying to be like his brother who just got out if jail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/5/2011

    " Clements' newest book follows his typical format - a relatively short, easy read about upper elementary/lower middle students who deal with a school-related issue or conflict. This one is fine for kids who like the author's other books and would make a good read-aloud for 5th grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 9/5/2011

    " Another good school story by Andrew Clements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/6/2011

    " Clements really is great at writing school stories "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously successful children’s novel Frindle. He has won two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award, and more than ten million of his books are in print. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, and others. Clements is a graduate of Northwestern and National Louis universities, and he currently lives in central Massachusetts with his wife.

About the Narrator

Keith Nobbs is a stage, television, and film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Joey Ice Cream in the television series The Black Donnellys. He has acted on Broadway with the Roundabout Theatre Company and appeared in such television shows as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and New York Undercover.