Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9781416997252, 120pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She's ordinary for her school, for her town, for even the whole wide world, it seems.
Then Marlea Harkins, one of the most popular girls in school and most definitely the meanest does something unthinkable, and suddenly nice, average Jordan isn t thinking average thoughts anymore. She wants to get Marlea back But what's the best way to beat a bully? Could it be with kindness?
Called a genius of gentle, high concept tales set in suburban middle school by "The New York Times," bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible self-acceptance.
Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.
"Clements' fans will be hooked."
"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."
"Clements adds to his canon of school stories with this thoughtful novel about an earnest and introspective girl who longs to wrap up her sixth-grade year 'in a blaze of glory, a flash of triumph, a burst of superstardom.'"