Andrew Clements Books In Order

Pets To The Rescue Books In Publication Order

  1. Ringo Saves The Day! (2001)
  2. Brave Norman (2001)
  3. Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends (2002)
  4. Dolores and the Big Fire (2002)

Jake Drake Books In Publication Order

  1. Jake Drake Know-It-All (2001)
  2. Jake Drake, Bully Buster (2001)
  3. Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet (2001)
  4. Jake Drake, Class Clown (2002)

Reading Program Books In Publication Order

  1. Karen’s Island (1995)
  2. Three Wishes For Buster (1995)
  3. Bill Pickett: An American Original Texas Style (1996)
  4. Hurricane Andrew (1998)
  5. Ham And Eggs For Jack (1998)
  6. Life in the Desert (1998)
  7. Desert Treasure (1998)
  8. Inventors (1998)
  9. Milo’s Great Invention (1998)

Real Monsters Books In Publication Order

  1. Real Monsters Go for the Mold (1997)
  2. Things That Go Eek on Halloween (1997)
  3. Real Monsters Stage Fright! (1997)
  4. Gromble’s Haunted Halloween (1998)

Slippers Books In Publication Order

  1. Slippers At Home (2004)
  2. Naptime For Slippers (2004)
  3. Slippers at School (2005)
  4. Slippers Loves to Run (2006)

Benjamin Pratt Books In Publication Order

  1. We the Children (2010)
  2. Fear Itself (2011)
  3. The Whites of Their Eyes (2011)
  4. In Harm’s Way (2013)
  5. We Hold These Truths (2013)

Things Books In Publication Order

  1. Things Not Seen (2002)
  2. Things Hoped For (2006)
  3. Things That Are (2008)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Bird Adalbert (1985)
  2. Noah and the Ark and the Animals (1987)
  3. Big Al (1988)
  4. Santa’s Secret Helper (1990)
  5. Temple Cat (1991)
  6. Mother Earth’s Counting Book (1992)
  7. Billy and the Bad Teacher (1992)
  8. Who Owns the Cow? (1995)
  9. Bright Christmas (1996)
  10. Frindle (1996)
  11. Phillip’s Birthday Book (1996)
  12. Music Time, Any Time (1997)
  13. Double Trouble in Walla Walla (1997)
  14. Snowden and the Christmas Joy Parade (1999)
  15. Workshop (1999)
  16. Hey Dad, Could I Borrow Your Hammer (1999)
  17. The Landry News (1999)
  18. Look Who’s In The Thanksgiving Play! (1999)
  19. The Secret Father’s Day Present (2000)
  20. The Janitor’s Boy (2000)
  21. The Mouse Family (2000)
  22. Circus Family Dog (2000)
  23. The Christmas Kitten (2000)
  24. The School Story (2001)
  25. The Jacket (2002)
  26. A Week in the Woods (2002)
  27. Big Al and Shrimpy (2002)
  28. The Report Card (2004)
  29. The Last Holiday Concert (2004)
  30. Robocat (2004)
  31. A Million Dots (2005)
  32. Lunch Money (2005)
  33. Because Your Daddy Loves You (2005)
  34. Room One: A Mystery or Two (2006)
  35. A Strange Day in Mayville (2006)
  36. The Big Gust (2006)
  37. Dogku (2007)
  38. No Talking (2007)
  39. Lost and Found (2008)
  40. Extra Credit (2009)
  41. Troublemaker (2011)
  42. Because Your Mommy Loves You (2012)
  43. About Average (2012)
  44. The Map Trap (2014)
  45. Because Your Grandparents Love You (2015)
  46. The Losers Club (2017)
  47. The Friendship War (2019)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Air from Other Planets (2000)
  2. The Handiest Things in the World (2010)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Snowden and the Christmas Joy Parade (1999)

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Andrew Clements Books Overview

Ringo Saves The Day!

Level 1: Starting to Read Simple stories Increased vocabulary Longer sentences Carol and Ray are very sick. One day, their cat Ringo leads Carol outside. ‘Meow! Meow!’ he says. Ringo digs in some rocks. Why is Ringo digging? What will he find? Ringo is about to save Carol’s life!

Brave Norman

Level 1: Starting to Read Simple stories Increased vocabulary Longer sentences Norman is a dog who cannot see. One day, he is at the beach. He hears a girl in the water calling for help. Can a blind dog save someone’s life?

Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends

Level 2: Reading Independently More complex stories Varied sentence structure Paragraphs and short chapters True stories of animals that saved people’s lives Jim loves to go for long walks with his dogs, Tara and Tiree. One cold winter day, Jim falls through the ice on the frozen lake. Tiree tries to save him and falls through the ice too. What will happen if Tara tries to help them both?

Dolores and the Big Fire

Level 1 Starting to Read Simple stories Increased vocabulary Longer sentences True stories of animals that saved people’s lives Dolores and the Big Fire Dolores is a very timid cat. Her owner, Kyle, keeps a light on all night so she won’t be scared. One night Dolores pokes at Kyle’s face while he is sleeping. The house is on fire! Can Dolores wake Kyle up in time?

Jake Drake Know-It-All

Meet Jake Drake He’s in fourth grade and he’s been crazy about computers all his life. And so last year when the third grade science fair was announced Jake entered the contest hoping to win the grand prize a supercool superfast Bluntium Twelve computer. The only problem is that he has to beat the class know it alls, Marsha McCall and Kevin Young, to do it. So how can a pretty smart guy like Jake turn himself into a know it all and win the ultimate computer without losing his friends? In this series by the best selling author of Frindle, The Landry News and The Janitor’s Boy, Jake Drake confronts the problems of school life and finds some surprising solutions!

Jake Drake, Bully Buster

Meet Jake Drake. He’s not the toughest kid in fourth grade or the fastest kid or the funniest. But he’s got ideas big ideas, and boy, does he have stories to tell about what really goes on in school. Like bullies, for instance. Jake wants to know ‘if everybody who works at school is so smart, how come they can’t get rid of the bullies?…
Because every year, it’s the same thing. Bullies.’ So it’s up to Jake Drake to take matters into his own hands when Link Baxter, SuperBully, moves into the neighborhood. Link’s reign of terror must be stopped…
if only Jake can figure out how. In this new series by the bestselling author of Frindle, The Landry News, and The Janitor’s Boy, Jake Drake confronts the problems of school life and finds some surprising solutions!

Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet

Mrs. Snavin looked right past all those waving hands. She looked right at me and she smiled and said, ‘I think I’ll have Jake take it.’ Then Mrs. Snavin said, ‘but be sure to hurry right back, Jake, because we’re going to work on our number line project, and you have to be my special computer helper, okay?’ And I could feel every kid in the class looking at me. They weren’t saying anything. They wren’t even whispering. But right then, I heard what they were thinking anyway. They were thinking, teacher’s pet.

Jake Drake, Class Clown

Meet Jake Drake. He’s ten years old and he already has a full time job. Because that’s how he treats school. Like it’s a job. And his teachers are his bosses. Up until now fourth grade Jake has lucked out in the boss department. All of his teachers have been pretty nice. But Jake is about to have the grumpiest teacher yet, and the worst thing is, she’s not even a real teacher. She’s a student teacher. How can Jake make his grumphead student teacher, Miss Bruce, lighten up enough to crack even the littlest smile? Why, by becoming the class clown, that’s how. But will Jake take his new act too far?In this series by the best selling author of Frindle, The Landry News, The Janitor’s Boy, and The School Story, Jake Drake confronts the problems of school life and finds some surprising solutions.

Slippers At Home

Slippers lives in his own little house inside a bigger house. In his big house, Slippers has four people. Baby Edward walks around on all fours, just like Slippers. Laura lives in a place way up the stairs. Mommy puts food into Slippers’ round bowl to feed his round tummy. Daddy takes Slippers on long walks and always finds the way home. Every night Slippers falls asleep happy because he has four people of his very own, and he loves every one of them. Written from a puppy’s point of view and illustrated with cheerful pictures, this story is simple enough to engage toddlers and funny enough to amuse beginning readers.

Naptime For Slippers

Slippers does not like naptime. There is too much for a puppy to do instead of sleep. Before he can settle down, he has to collect a few things. One by one he finds Edward’s shoe, Laura’s cap, and Daddy’s work glove all of which smell like them and puts them in his little house. When it’s time to go for a walk with Mommy, Slippers is too tired. Now, finally, Slippers is ready for naptime. Full of rambunctious play and inimitable personality, Slippers will win over children’s hearts as he helps them learn to read.

Slippers at School

Slippers wants to go to school with Laura, but school is no place for a puppy. When she isn t looking, he nuzzles his way into her backpack. Slippers rides the bus, then visits the classroom, the cafeteria, the gym, and even the principal’s office, all without Laura noticing but plenty of other people do! Kids will squeal with delight over knowing more than Laura and seeing the incongruity of a puppy in a school s hallowed halls. Like its predecessors, Slippers at Home and Naptime for Slippers, Slippers at School works beautifully as both a read aloud and an early reader.

We the Children

Benjamin Pratt’s school is about to become the site of a new amusement park. It sounds like a dream come true! But lately, Ben has been wonder if he s going to like an amusement park in the middle of his town with all the buses and traffic and eight dollar slices of pizza. It s going to change everything. And, Ben is not so big on all the new changes in his life, like how his dad has moved out and started living in the marina on what used to be the ‘family sailboat. Maybe it would be nice if the school just stayed as it is. He likes the school. Loves it, actually. It s over 200 years old and sits right on the harbor. The playground has ocean breezes and the classrooms have million dollar views MILLION DOLLAR views. And after a chance and final run in with the school janitor, Ben starts to discover that these MILLION DOLLAR views have a lot to do with the deal to sell the school property. But, as much as the town wants to believe it, the school does not belong to the local government. It belongs to the CHILDREN and these children have the right to defend it! Don t think Ben, his friend Jill and the tag along Robert can ruin a multimillion dollar real estate deal? Then you don t know the history and the power of the Keepers of the School. A suspenseful six book series, book one, We the Children, starts the battle on land and on sea. It s a race to keep the school from turning into a ticket booth and these kids are about to discover just how threatening a little knowledge can be.

Fear Itself

Time is ticking as the countdown to total school demolition continues. But in addition to deciphering maritime clues that could save the building, Ben Pratt and his friend Jill have to stay one step ahead of Lyman, the snake posing as the school janitor who will do anything to preserve the $30 million development deal that pays his salary. The second book in this riveting six book series is as action packed as the first one, culminating in a faceoff between Ben and Lyman. After five bells sound, time to sit down makes for a good riddle, but Ben also knows when it’s time to stand up for Oakes School and for himself.

Things Not Seen

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen year old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby’s new condition; even his dad the physicist can t figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She s blind, and Bobby can t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again before it s too late.

Things Hoped For

Seventeen year old Gwen is preparing to audition for New York City’s top music schools when her grandfather mysteriously disappears, leaving Gwen only a phone message telling her not to worry. But there s nothing more stressful than practicing for her auditions, not knowing where her grandfather is, and being forced to lie about his whereabouts when her insistent great uncle demands an audience with him. Then Gwen meets Robert, also in town for music auditions, and the two pair up to brave the city without supervision. As auditions approach and her great uncle becomes more aggressive, Gwen and Robert make a startling discovery. Suddenly Gwen s hopes are turned upside down, and she and Robert are united in ways neither of them could have foretold…

Things That Are

Alicia may be blind, but that doesn t mean she can t see what’s happening right in front of her eyes. Like how her parents try to give her freedom. Or how Bobby now Robert has returned to figure out their relationship. Or even the invisible man, William, and just how dangerous he is to Alicia, to Robert, to their whole family or so the police say. Or is Alicia wrong this time? If her normally sharp instincts are wrong, the results could be disastrous. From award winning author Andrew Clements, here is a novel full of adventure, romance, and mystery, which at its heart is about trusting even things we know but cannot see.

Bird Adalbert

When Adalbert’s wish for great beauty suddenly comes true, he becomes so proud and overbearing with the other birds that he is left alone and unhappy.

Big Al

Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can’t find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him. What can he do? He tries everything he can think of from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he’ll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he’ll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be!

Temple Cat

‘This endearing tale is sure to find favor wherever cat stories are in demand. Worshipped as a god with servants to coddle him, a Temple Cat in ancient Egypt yearns for the freedom to live as a normal feline…
‘ School Library Journal

Who Owns the Cow?

Simple, playful text and colorful paintings in an ‘American primitive’ style explore the many ways the farmer’s cow can be ‘owned’: by the neighbor girl who thinks about her, the milkman who buys her milk, the garden growing richer from her manure, the painter who paints her, and the author who writes about her. Young children will discover, in this dazzling picture book debut, that they ‘own’ the cow themselves.

Bright Christmas

Retells the story of the Nativity from an angel’s point of view and tells how Earth was made ready for that one special, glorious evening.


Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick’s in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she’s also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen it’s a Frindle. It doesn’t take long for Frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But Frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have readers inventing their own words. Brian Selznick’s black and white illustrations enhance the humor in this unforgettable story.

Music Time, Any Time

Inspired by the sounds of early morning a bird chirping, Daddy stirring oatmeal, tin cans clattering in a bag on board Encora’s bicycle Allegra has a great idea for music time at Little Blue Day Care. Full color.

Double Trouble in Walla Walla

Inspired by the sounds of early morning a bird chirping, Daddy stirring oatmeal, tin cans clattering in a bag on board Encora’s bicycle Allegra has a great idea for music time at Little Blue Day Care. Full color.


The dazzling cut paper artistry of Caldecott medalist David Wisniewski combines with Andrew Clements’s free verse celebration of woodworking tools to tell the story of a surprise in the making. The evocative description of each Workshop tool ruler, axe, saw, hammer, and the rest is accompanied by a vivid, dramatically composed illustration showing how it is used in the step by step construction of an ornate, old fashioned carousel. An eager young apprentice assists one craftsman after another as the project takes shape and is rewarded with a toolbox of his won. Young wood working enthusiasts will enjoy the affectionate and knowledgeable portraits of familiar tools as well as an acclaimed artist’s vision of the magic simple tools can do.

The Landry News

From the Editor’s Desk A Question of Fairness There has been no teaching so far this year in Mr. Larson’s classroom. There has been learning, but there has been no teaching. There is a teacher in the classroom, but he does not teach. Cara Landry is a budding journalist. When she posts a scathing editorial about her burned out teacher on the bulletin board one afternoon, everything changes. Prodded into action for the first time in years, Mr. Larson challenges his fifth grade students to create a real newspaper. Soon The Landry News gets more attention than either Cara or her teacher bargained for, as the principal uses the paper to try to get Mr. Larson fired. While the whole town is swept up in a dramatic debate over The Landry News and the First Amendment, Mr. Larson uses the controversy as raw material for some of the finest teaching of his career. And Cara and her classmates learn the importance of tempering a newspaper’s truth with mercy. But will their lessons cost Mr. Larson his job? Written by the author of the immensely popular Frindle, this is a compelling new novel about the collision of a student in need of a teacher with a teacher in need of inspiration.

Look Who’s In The Thanksgiving Play!

Annie couldn’t be happier about being in the Thanksgiving school play until she discovers her two year old brother Alex has decided to join the fun. Lift the flaps to see where Alex will appear next!

The Janitor’s Boy

Ordinarily, no one would have imagined that Jack Rankin would vandalize a desk. But this was not an ordinary school year for Jack…

When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old high school the building where his father works as a janitor he dreads the start of school. Jack manages to get through the first month without the kids catching on. Then comes the disastrous day when one of his classmates loses his lunch all over the floor. John the janitor is called in to clean up, and he does the unthinkable he turns to Jack with a big smile and says, ‘Hi, son.’

Jack performs an act of revenge and gets himself into a sticky situation. His punishment is to assist the janitor after school for three weeks. The work is tedious, not to mention humiliating. But there is one perk?janitors have access to keys, keys to secret places…

In this new novel by the author of Frindle, a boy’s explorations lead to surprising new discoveries about himself and his father.

Circus Family Dog

Grumps is a circus dog who loves to make people laugh all he has to do is lie down on the ground with his feet in the air and the crowds cheer and roar. But one day a new dog named Sparks joins the circus. Sparks can jump through hoops, balance a ball on his nose, and even ride on the back of a running zebra. How can an old dog with one simple trick compete with the likes of Sparks? Sue Truesdell’s exuberant illustrations capture all the excitement of circus life in this heartwarming story about friendship, family, and the universal need for acceptance.

The Christmas Kitten

Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, and their friends are thrilled when they find a lost kitten on Christmas Eve. Now they’ll have their very own dolly to play with! But when the kitten turns out to be a handful, Raggedy Ann comes up with a plan sure to make Christmas Day truly unforgettable.

The School Story

Twelve year old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It’s a short novel called ‘The Cheater,’ and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript to her mom, an editor at a big publishing house. However Natalie doesn’t want any favors from her mom. Still, Zoe won’t drop the idea. Spurred into action, Natalie invents a pen name for herself and Zoe becomes a self styled literary agent. But if the girls are to succeed, they’ll need support from their wary English teacher, legal advice from Zoe’s tough talking father, and some clever maneuvering to outwit the overbearing editor in chief of Shipley Junior Books. Andrew Clements, the best selling author of Frindle, The Landry News, and The Janitor’s Boy, delights his audience with this story of two irrepressible girls who use their talent, ingenuity, and a little cunning to try to make a young writer’s dream come true.

The Jacket

Phil is on a mission. His absentminded little brother forgot his lunch money. All kinds of thoughts are running through Phil’s mind as he searches for Jimmy in the throngs of fourth and fifth graders crowding the school hallway:…
if I’m late for math today, then I might not be allowed to take the test and then I could flunk math! I might even flunk sixth grade and get left back! Then Phil spots Jimmy’s one of a kind jacket and rushes to the corner of the hallway. Except the person wearing it isn’t his brother; it’s some black kid Phil’s never seen before wearing Jimmy’s jacket! Phil makes an accusation, tempers flare, and both kids wind up in the principal’s office. How will Phil react when he finds out how Daniel came to be the owner of this unique jacket? Will Daniel be able to forgive Phil for an accusation that was based on racial prejudice? What will each boy learn about the other, and most important, about himself?

A Week in the Woods

Mark didn’t ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn’t request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn’t like rich kids, or slackers, or know it alls. And he’s decided that Mark is all of those things. Now the whole school is headed out for a week of camping Hardy’s famous Week in the Woods. At first it sounds dumb, but then Mark begins to open up to life in the country, and he decides it might be okay to learn something new. It might even be fun. But things go all wrong for Mark. The Week in the Woods is not what anyone planned. Especially not Mr. Maxwell. With his uncanny knack to reach right to the heart of kids, Andrew Clements asks and answers questions about first impressions, fairness, loyalty, and courage and exactly what it takes to spend A Week in the Woods.

Big Al and Shrimpy

In the wide blue sea there was a very clever fish named Shrimpy. You could not find a smarter fish. But Shrimpy was also very, very small. Poor Shrimpy! He wants to be like Big Al, loved and adored by all the other fish. But who would want to be friends with such a teeny, tiny fish? Big Al, that’s who! He’s big and scary looking, and he remembers what it was like to be friendless. Still, all the other fish think Shrimpy’s just a nuisance. Then one day, when Big Al’s life is in danger, Shrimpy is the only one brave enough and smart enough to save the day. Suddenly, everyone can see that friends come in all shapes and sizes and Shrimpy turns out to be the best friend any fish could want!

The Report Card

A Christopher Award winning Author

Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is a genius. But Nora always gets average grades so she can avoid the pressure cooker gifted program or the Brainiac Academy. Then, fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a terrible report card. Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what’s wrong. Can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?

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The Last Holiday Concert

Winterhope. It didn’t sound like much, but it was a big idea. A very big idea. It all started when Hart Evans zinged a rubber band that hit Mr. Meinert, the chorus director. Actually, it started before that, when Mr. Meinert learned he was out of a job because the town budget couldn’t afford music and art teachers. Mr. Meinert got so mad at Hart that he told the sixth graders he’d had it they could produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It was all up to them. What happens when a teacher steps aside and lets the kids run the show? Not what Mr. Meinert would have predicted. And not what Hart Evans would have guessed, not at all. Out of chaos, infighting, compromise, idealism, and finally, a fragile peace, the sixth grade choral concert was born. And they called it Winterhope. But would it be The Last Holiday Concert of them all?

A Million Dots

It’s a long way to a million, right? Of course it is. But do you really know what a million looks like? If you’d like to see actually see, right now, with your own eyes what a million looks like, just open this book. Be prepared to learn some interesting things along the way. Like how many shoe boxes it would take to make a stack to Mount Everest. And be prepared to do some number wondering of your own. But, most of all, be prepared to be amazed. Because a million is a LOT of dots.

Lunch Money

Greg Kenton has always had a natural talent for making money despite the annoying rivalry of his neighbor Maura Shaw. Then, just before sixth grade, Greg makes a discovery: Almost every kid at school has an extra quarter or two to spend almost every day. Multiply a few quarters by a few hundred kids, and for Greg, school suddenly looks like a giant piggy bank. All he needs is the right hammer to crack it open. Candy and gum? Little toys? Sure, kids would love to buy stuff like that at school. But would teachers and the principal permit it? Not likely. But how about comic books? Comic books might work. Especially the chunky little ones that Greg writes and illustrates himself. Because everybody knows that school always encourages reading and writing and creativity and individual initiative, right? In this funny and timely novel, Andrew Clements again holds up a mirror to real life, and invites young readers to think about money, school, friendship, and what it means to be a success.

Because Your Daddy Loves You

A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice cream cone. These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently. Why? Because he loves his little girl, of course! This spot on pairing of words and images is a warm, reassuring, and humorous tribute to dads everywhere.

Room One: A Mystery or Two

Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth grade year, he’s working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains, in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the school, you lose the town. But the mystery that has Ted’s full attention at the moment is about that face, the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons’ house as he rides past on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old farmhouse is empty and boarded up tight. At least it’s supposed to be. A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don’t seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there’s no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.


A tale in haiku of one adorable dog. Let’s find him a home.

No Talking

‘You have the right to remain silent.’ However…

The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don’t get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That’s why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot.

Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth, bumps into an idea — a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burges, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it’s the boys against the girls.

How do the teachers react to the silence? What happens when the principal feels she’s losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos?

This funny and surprising audiobook is about language and thought, about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness…
with or without a bullhorn. It’s Andrew Clements at his best — thought-provoking, true-to-life, and very entertaining.

Lost and Found

The Grayson twins are moving to a new town. Again. Although it’s a drag to be constantly mistaken for each other, in truth, during those first days at a new school, there’s nothing better than having a twin brother there with you. But on day one of sixth grade, Ray stays home sick, and Jay is on his own. No big deal. It’s a pretty nice school, good kids, too. But Jay quickly discovers a major mistake: No one seems to know a thing about his brother. Ray’s not on the attendance lists, doesn’t have a locker, doesn’t even have a student folder. Jay almost tells the school almost but then decides that this lost information could be very…
useful. And fun. As Ray and Jay exploit a clerical oversight, they each find new views on friendship, honesty, what it means to be a twin and what it means to be yourself. Entertaining, thought provoking, and true to life, this clever novel is classic Andrew Clements times two: twins!

Extra Credit

It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork, it’s just that she doesn’t like doing it. And that means she’s pretty much failing sixth grade. When a warning letter is sent home, Abby realizes that all her slacking off could cause her to be held back for real! Unless she wants to repeat the sixth grade, she’ll have to meet some specific conditions, including taking on an Extra Credit project: find a pen pal in a foreign country. Simple enough even for a girl who hates homework. Abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, and Sadeed Bayat is chosen to be her pen pal…
. Well, kind of. He is the best writer, but he is also a boy, and in his village it is not appropriate for a boy to correspond with a girl. So his younger sister dictates and signs the letter. Until Sadeed decides what his sister is telling Abby isn’t what he’d like Abby to know. As letters flow back and forth between Illinois and Afghanistan, Abby and Sadeed discover that their letters are crossing more than an ocean. They are crossing a huge cultural divide and a minefield of different lifestyles and traditions. Their growing friendship is also becoming a growing problem for both communities, and some people are not happy. Suddenly things are not so simple.

The Handiest Things in the World

A tale in haiku of one adorable dog. Let’s find him a home.

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