About Average

About Average

By Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9781416997252, 120pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Can average be amazing? The bestselling author of "Frindle" shows that with a little kindness, it can.
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.

About the Author
Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular "Frindle". More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include "About Average", "Troublemaker", "Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money", and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

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.

Praise For About Average

"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.'"