Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;True or False?andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is really a genius. andlt;BRandgt; True. andlt;BRandgt; But don't tell anyone. andlt;BRandgt; Nora always gets average grades so she can forgo the pressure-cooker gifted program or Brainiac Academy. andlt;BRandgt; But when Nora gets one hundred percent fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a andlt;Iandgt;terribleandlt;/Iandgt; report card just to prove a point. andlt;BRandgt; Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what's wrong. But can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?
"With subtlety and authority, Clements (A Week in the Woods) explores the plight of extraordinarily intelligent Nora, who, determined to avoid being singled out, has from an early age strategically hidden her genius from her parents, peers and teachers. But this young narrator attracts ample attention when she purposefully earns D's on her fifth-grade report card, the inaugural step in her plan to protest the school's focus on grades and testing. The catalyst for Nora's scheme is the dramatic change she observes in her best friend, Stephen, whose self-confidence plummets and anxiety soars after he scores poorly on his first standardized state test. After that test, Nora observes, 'All the kids started keeping track of test scores and homework grades. School was suddenly all about the competition, and grades were how you could tell the winners from the losers.' Appreciating the ramifications of test results on teachers, administrators, a school's reputation and even a town's real estate values, Nora perceptively remarks, 'A bad grade for a kid is a bad grade for everybody.' After strutting her intellectual stuff and wowing her teachers, the girl goes on to botch three consecutive tests and, with Stephen, convinces most of their classmates to likewise land intentional zeroes. Realistically, the two pals do not effect a revamping of the curriculum, but make their voices heard clearly. Solid characters, convincing dialogue and a topic certain to spark dialogue earn Clements high marks. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewandlt;/Iandgt; Grabs hold of your heart and never lets go
True or False?
Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is really a genius.
But don't tell anyone.
Nora always gets average grades so she can forgo the pressure-cooker gifted program or Brainiac Academy.
But when Nora gets one hundred percent fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point.
Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what's wrong. But can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?
About the Author
Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular andlt;iandgt;Frindleandlt;/iandgt;. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards,andnbsp;including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include andlt;iandgt;About Averageandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Troublemakerandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Moneyandlt;/iandgt;, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt andamp; the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.