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The Report Card

The Report Card

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Andrew Clements
ISBN: 0-689-84515-4
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Nora discovers that she is a genius, but she is only a baby. She hates attention, however, so she spends all her time, right up through fifth-grade, pretending to be average of course she's a genius at it. Her best friend Steven has a harder time at school, and Nora decides to make him feel better by getting a lousy report card, which she precedes to do. Steven is shocked, her parents are dismayed, and unintended consequences begin to ricochet.

With acknowledgement of the present pressure-cooker of endless testing in schools, plus The author’s amazing insight into the thinking processes of children, he writes a humorous tale of young talent gone awry. All is happily resolved, however, especially with the help of the kindly librarian.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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