Extra Credit

Extra Credit It isn t that Abby Carson can t do her schoolwork She just doesn t like doing it And in February a warning letter arrives at her home Abby will have to repeat sixth grade unless she meets some specifi
  • Title: Extra Credit
  • Author: Andrew Clements Mark Elliott
  • ISBN: 9781416949299
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Extra Credit
    It isn t that Abby Carson can t do her schoolwork She just doesn t like doing it And in February a warning letter arrives at her home Abby will have to repeat sixth grade unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country Seems simple enough But when Abby s first letter arrives at a small schooIt isn t that Abby Carson can t do her schoolwork She just doesn t like doing it And in February a warning letter arrives at her home Abby will have to repeat sixth grade unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country Seems simple enough But when Abby s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well In English And the only qualified student is a boy, Sadeed Bayat Except in this village, it is not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl So Sadeed s younger sister will write the letters Except she knows hardly any English So Sadeed must write the letters For his sister to sign But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is unhealthy Not so simple But as letters flow back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions a small group of children begin to speak and listen to one another And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves.
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  • Andrew Clements Mark Elliott

    I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters I didn t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read I m certain there s a link between reading good books and becoming a writer I don t know a single writer who wasn t a reader first.Before moving to Illinois, and even afterwards, our family spent summers at a cabin on a lake in Maine There was no TV there, no phone, no doorbell and email wasn t even invented All day there was time to swim and fish and mess around outside, and every night, there was time to read I know those quiet summers helped me begin to think like a writer.During my senior year at Springfield High School my English teacher handed back a poem I d written Two things were amazing about that paper First, I d gotten an A a rare event in this teacher s class And she d also written in large, scrawly red writing, Andrew this poem is so funny This should be published That praise sent me off to Northwestern University feeling like I was a pretty good writer, and occasionally professors there also encouraged me and complimented the essays I was required to write as a literature major But I didn t write much on my own just some poetry now and then I learned to play guitar and began writing songs, but again, only when I felt like it Writing felt like hard work something that s still true today.After the songwriting came my first job in publishing I worked for a small publisher who specialized in how to books, the kind of books that have photos with informative captions below each one The book in which my name first appeared in print is called A Country Christmas Treasury I d built a number of the projects featured in the book, and I was listed as one of the craftspeople on the acknowlegements page, in tiny, tiny type.In 1990 I began trying to write a story about a boy who makes up a new word That book eventually became my first novel, Frindle, published in 1996, and you can read the whole story of how it developed on another web site, frindle Frindle became popular, popular than any of my books before or since at least so far And it had the eventual effect of turning me into a full time writer I ve learned that I need time and a quiet place to think and write These days, I spend a lot of my time sitting in a small shed about seventy feet from my back door at our home in Massachusetts There s a woodstove in there for the cold winters, and an air conditioner for the hot summers There s a desk and chair, and I carry a laptop computer back and forth But there s no TV, no phone, no doorbell, no email And the woodstove and the pine board walls make the place smell just like that cabin in Maine where I spent my earliest summers Sometimes kids ask how I ve been able to write so many books The answer is simple one word at a time Which is a good lesson, I think You don t have to do everything at once You don t have to know how every story is going to end You just have to take that next step, look for that next idea, write that next word And growing up, it s the same way We just have to go to that next class, read that next chapter, help that next person You simply have to do that next good thing, and before you know it, you re living a good life.

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  • I ve always liked Clements books, but was really impressed with this one Some things I liked about it 1 It effectively portrays a student who doesn t really care to do her work it s not that she can t, she just doesn t want to I think I have many students who could relate to this I expected the stereotypical never really learned how to read , but that wasn t it.2 There are caring parents and teachers Sure, the dad is a bit gruff at times, but that s probably realistic 3 Kids can learn about anot [...]


  • Abby is in 6th grade and would rather spend her time outside or rock climbing rather than doing her homework Halfway through the school year, she learns that she ll be held back if her performance doesn t improve Determined to do everything in her power to bring up her grades, Abby focuses on her school work Because she s so far behind, her teachers also give her an extra credit project she has to exchange letters with a student in another country She picks Afghanistan because of the surrounding [...]



  • Well done Highly recommended, especially to the target audience of 3rd 6th grade children, especially to female reluctant readers grade 5 or 6 Because that s Abby And she s easy to empathize identify with, and a good role model, too Maybe a little too earnest for the full five stars, but a wonderful story nonetheless Very mild spoiler view spoiler I like that it ended in ambiguity sure, we d like for there to be some HEA of some sort, but this slice of life is authentic Children discussing it a [...]



  • When Abby Carson learns she s in danger of failing the sixth grade, her teacher assigns her an extra credit assignment to help with her social studies grade Abby will write to a pen pal in Afghanistan and then present a report to the class When Sadeed writes back to her, Abby learns that although they are different, they are also the same, and she begins to see her life in America through new eyes Andrew Clements is a master of realistic fiction for middle graders Abby and Sadeed came to life fo [...]


  • My 8 year old recommended this book to me since she really loves books by Andrew Clements This was a sweet book about understanding others and their culture as well as friendship I think this book was written in a way that kids can relate to and is interesting for them to read.


  • I thought this book was BORING because it didn t have any adventure or excitement in it and those are my favorite things in books A basic summary of the book is that Abby is a 6th grader who goes to school in Illinois She was failing 6th grade so she might have to repeat it next year, so if she doesn t want to repeat 6th grade next year she has to do EXTRA CREDIT The extra credit is that Abby has to be a pen pal with someone in Afghanistan In the end she does pretty well on the tests but I don t [...]


  • This started out slow for me and I wasn t sure about it Then something happened and it became a fantastic story This is about Pen Pals between Abby in Illinois and Sadeed in Afganistan It does a great job of showing difference between the two cultures and all the privileges Americans have The story was so well done Andrew Clements can be counted on for a fantastic story I ve never been let down It also reminds me of my youth and the pen pals I had I think that is such a great experience.


  • When Abby learns she may need to repeat sixth grade she vows to do anything to prevent this from happening Her teacher offers her an extra credit opportunity start a penpal correspondence with a kid in another country Abby writes to a school in Afghanistan and Sadeed Bayat responds, except it s supposed to be his sister who does The letters allow Abby and Sadeed to learn about each other and discover that although they live very different lives, they actually have much in common This is a great [...]


  • A very unique, creative, thoughtful, and timely book dealing with realistic fiction in the authentic and powerfully meaningful ways Andrew Clements is so well known for Firstly, his approach toward helping students grasp the seriousness of slacking off on their academic responsibilities putting their promotion onto the next grade in serious jeopardy was wonderful I ve never heard of an author seriously broaching this topic and showing failing students the steps they can take to turn their academ [...]


  • This was a very sweet and endearing middle schooler book I like how both Abby and Sadeed changed a little throughout the story One issue I have with books is how characters change drastically from who they are with hardly any effort Nothing and nobody changes without any effort or reason Amira and Mariah act as constants for both Sadeed and Abby so readers notice the change I also liked how Mr Clements showed a realistic way that children see ether world at a young age in this case 10 and 12 Sin [...]


  • This was the 10th book by Clements that I have read over the last few months Most of his books have a lesson but this one dealing with hostilities between the US and Afghanistan as experienced by students in both countries pushes the boundary for Clements It is an interesting read but not one of my favorites by Clements This is primarily a story about pen pals, Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat Abby is in desperate need of a pen pal because she is about to repeat her grade and an Extra Credit project [...]


  • Plot Abby Carson is in danger of being held back in the 6th grade As part of an extra credit assignment she writes to a pen pal in Afghanistan Amira is the girl who receives Abby s letters, but it s her brother who handles writing back even though it s not considered proper by the men of the village for a boy to write to a girl Abby s growing friendship with Amira and her brother Sadeed must come to a quick end when it becomes unsafe for the village to receive letters from America.Why I picked i [...]


  • Abby Carson hasn t done well in school and might have to repeat sixth grade is she doesn t bring up her grades and do an extra credit project The project is a penpal exchange with a student in Afghanistan She writes and gets a letter in return It is supposedly from a girl, but in fact she s helped by her able brother who is two years older and the best student in the school He couldn t write directly because the culture deems an exchange between 12 year olds of the oppposite sex inappropriate Th [...]


  • Abby Carson has perfected the art of homework avoidance It s not that she can t do it, she just finds other things enticing She discovers to her shock, however, that unless she can make up some of the missing work, she will be held back a year Abby finds herself working on a project involving a pen pal from Afghanistan.Sadeed loves his schoolwork and is the best student in his class, but he cannot correspond with Abby directly, because she is a girl His younger sister is given the task of corre [...]


  • I have to say I am quite fond of Andrew Clements I have yet to read one of his books that I didn t like This one was just as delightful as the rest Maybe I best relate to the twelve year olds of his world Last night I began reading and as I crawled into bed to finish up the chapter I was on I found myself turning page after page until I was done Finished I finished the whole book in one reading I know it is a kids book and all but the story was sweet, and telling Andrew Clements has a way of put [...]


  • I d really like to give this 3 1 2 stars, but I can t do the half star This story is about a penpal project between an American girl and a boy in Afghanistan, who has to let his little sister appear to write the letters for the sake of propriety It was an interesting look at two very different cultures, and showed how both children had misconceptions about each other s country Through their contact, Abby learns to appreciate her country , and Sadeed learns that the Americans fighting in his coun [...]


  • This book is really good book for me because it has a lot of good things in it like expressions, emotion and enthusiasm I like how it is a girl and a boy who talk to each other from far away.From Afghanistan to the United States of America They communicate by writing letters to each other from Afghanistan to USA.I recommend this book to people that like adventure books They would write letters every day to each other It is hard for the boy in Afghanistan to write in English so he figures it out [...]


  • This book wasn t really my favorite book but I d still recommend my friends to read it It is about this girl named Abby Instead of doing her homework, she likes to do outdoor activities like rock climbing She then starts to fall behind in her classwork homework in school and has a consequence of failing the 6th grade In order for her to pass, her teachers make her do an extra credit Now, Abby is doing her best to pass.


  • A disappointing outing by Clements, who is usually so dependable at writing stories kids will read and like This overly simplistic story of an American girl who must write to an Afghan pen pal to earn enough extra credit to be promoted to 7th grade feels forced, flat, and rushed Kids deserve a thoughtful look at the conflict in Afghanistan and the feelings of resentment and misunderstanding on both sides than Clements provides here.


  • _Extra Credit_ was a really good book I enjoyed reading about how to young children from two totally different countries managed to create a friendship, despite their countries not being on good terms I also found it amazing how the young girl was able to bring her grades up with little time left in the school year One of my favorite books for sure


  • A good book for tweens that shows the differences in cultures while also demonstrating the similarities in children around the world There are some relevant details and likeable characters with out being stereotypical A good book for a school library.




  • Book 10 15 for 2017 2018 EBoB I am typically a fan of Andrew Clements, but many aspects of this book fell flat for me I most enjoyed the chapters of the book that followed Sadeed s story rather than Abby s It is clear that Clements did his research to make sure Sadeed s story was believable from the landscape to the schooling to Sadeed s life at home This is the main reason I gave the book two stars However, I did not at all believe Abby s story I work in an elementary school, and I find it very [...]


  • This book described the lives of two sixth graders Abby is a struggling sixth grader in Illinois If she doesn t improve her grades in the last half of second grade, she won t move onto junior high school Along with getting better grades, Abby has to do an extra credit assignment This assignment turns out to be a quite different than she was expecting Abby s assignment is to write letters to another student in Afghanistan Sadeed is one of the brightest students in his village, so when a letter fr [...]


  • This book is about friendship and a little bit of action because in the book there are two kids one named Abby and one named Sadeed Abby can t do here schoolwork because she doesn t really like doing it But when Abby then realized that all he slacking in school could cause her to be held back That when she noticed that she need to step up her game up The next day a teacher told he that the only way she can get a better score so she does not have to stay back So Abby reached into a box of ideas a [...]


  • I bought this to read with all of my children Life happened and my oldest child read it before I could get to it He enjoyed it and told me to get to reading it myself I pulled my daughter alongside me We took it slow but tonight we finished What a beautiful tale of what we think we know, what we don t know, how that changes us, and how much better we are for the learning.I love Abby s comment that she didn t want to talk to anyone about Sadeed s last letter, it was hers and she no longer saw her [...]


  • I listened to this with my 10 year old son on the way up to drop him off at camp Unfortunately, our internet cut out at the end of chapter 19 and I thought that was it I was like, Well, that ended somewhat abruptly But, I figured it out and listened to the last two chapters on my own on the way back home.I m also reading _The Ministry of Utmost Happiness_ and they are set in roughly the same general region and against or less the same backdrop It was nice to talk about this part of the world wi [...]


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