Extra Credit PDF/EPUB Ú Hardcover

Extra Credit PDF/EPUB Ú Hardcover

Extra Credit ➼ [Reading] ➾ Extra Credit By Andrew Clements ➱ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 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 school in Afghanistan the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well In English And the only ualified 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.


10 thoughts on “Extra Credit

  1. Josiah Josiah says:

    Andrew Clements is one of those authors who can slip by you unnoticed if you let that happen His books never received vocal support in Newbery discussions but were read by lots of kids He had a robust loyal following among grade schoolers and with the release of Extra Credit in 2009 I was intrigued to hear really for the first time Newbery talk about an Andrew Clements book I can see why this book would receive the praise that it's been given The narrative deftly weaves in and out of two sharply distinct cultures from the points of view of American sixth grader Abby Carson and her Afghan counterpart a boy named Sadeed Bayat I was greatly impressed with the aptitude shown by Andrew Clements in skipping back and forth between these two nations that are so different and doing so with such clear skill Each time the tale crossed to the other ocean shore it took but a few well chosen words to immerse me in what was happening there in the thoughts and sounds and feelings that are so uniue to each of their worlds The story moves along without pretty word pictures or masterful use of metaphor but simply honestly and with straightforward intentions that fit so well with the book's characters Extra Credit begins when Abby a smart girl who just doesn't like the idea of doing a lot of schoolwork is confronted by her teachers with the reality that her poor work in school is going to result in her having to repeat the sixth grade the following year unless her academic ways dramatically change One of the reuirements that faces her is an essentially mandatory extra credit project in which she will write a letter to a student in Afghanistan and attempt to begin a friendship as pen pals This exchange works uite well at the start and soon Abby meets Sadeed and the two kids begin writing letters back and forth to each other Things are much complicated than they might seem however Abby is reuired to put her letters copies at least to and from Sadeed up on a bulletin board at school to display her extra credit project as it begins to take shape This inhibits her somewhat from getting too personal in what she says leading her to begin writing two copies of each letter that she pens a real letter to Sadeed and a innocuous one for use at school Sadeed meanwhile cannot write to Abby directly because the elders in his Afghan village consider it inappropriate for a girl and boy of Sadeed and Abby's ages to communicate even by letter The situation is not ideal for either of them but somehow through it all a glimmer of friendship's potential seems to emerge between Abby and Sadeed Somehow the sparks of humanity that they share regardless of cultural differences and lives that contrast so totally fan into the beginning fires of a meaningful relationship I think the major ideas that Andrew Clements wanted to express in this story are outlined very well in Abby's final speech to her class when she must summarize her extra credit project to them and describe what she learned along the way Abby says that she was able to really see that kids are basically the same no matter what culture they live in; the important parts of who they are—their love for family and friends hopes for the future and desire to experience a happy peaceful life—are the same whether they live in central Illinois like Abby or war threatened Afghanistan like Sadeed Another important point she makes is that people are basically simple in what they really want but those around them can make things much complicated than they need to be Abby's friendship with Sadeed makes for a vivid object lesson here All they really want is to be friends but the people around them especially some of the residents in Sadeed's village have the power to turn that into an impossibility This is a sad but very true reality for Abby and Sadeed I like this book for sure Andrew Clements is an author whose work I would certainly be glad to read of in the future The dividing line between rounding my solid two and a half star rating either up or down out of necessity was a close one but I reluctantly chose to round down Extra Credit is definitely worth the additional half star though in my opinion


  2. Susie Susie says:

    I've always liked Clements' books but was really impressed with this one Some things I liked about it1It 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 it2 There are caring parents and teachers Sure the dad is a bit gruff at times but that's probably realistic3 Kids can learn about another culture and perhaps appreciate their own a bit They can also learn a bit of history I've read reviews that were disappointed that Clements didn't take the Afghan conflicts further but I think he wanted to be sure to make this book accessible to students without overdoing it4Things didn't always happen the way I expected5The narrator did a pretty decent job6Abby did grow and perhaps other students might be inspired7Teachers could use this book in many waysSlight spoiler I was a bit surprised that Abby seemed to move on when the letters stopped But that's a good thing I shouldn't figure it all out


  3. Rachel Aranda Rachel Aranda says:

    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 Since this is a kids book it only lightly touched on sensitive subjects but did a good job explaining some aspects that answered uestions I had Mr Elliott's drawings added a wonderful addition to this book Although I wish he would have drawn the pictures described in the letters because it didn't make sense to me not to have Sadeed draw pictures and not feature said drawings That is my only complaint about this delightful read


  4. Arminzerella Arminzerella says:

    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 mountains and her first letter reaches Sadeed and Amira Bayat – who live just north of Kabul It immediately presents the students’ teacher with a problem He feels their best student – Sadeed – should respond to the letter but because it comes from a girl it is not considered appropriate Instead Sadeed’s younger sister Amira is asked to respond with Sadeed’s assistance Sadeed who is initially skeptical finds himself intrigued by Abby and her country and ends up putting much of himself into the letters he sends to America than he intends Abby upon receiving these letters also finds herself interested in Sadeed and his land The project is curtailed when those who hold anti American sentiments threaten Sadeed’s village but both Abby and Sadeed learn something about their similarities and differences and are able to see their own homes through fresh eyesThis starts a little slowly but becomes engaging as Abby and Sadeed exchange letters and thoughts about their countries becoming friends despite their differences I would have liked to see some of the “drawings” Sadeed sent Abby There are illustrations throughout this book but for some reason not the ones that are mentioned in the text Perhaps the author and illustrator wanted readers to imagine these things for themselves? This could easily be used in a classroom to spark interest in other countries and for discussion particularly of how America is viewed by people in other nations and for spear heading other pen pal exchanges A fast and thought provoking read


  5. Abby Johnson Abby Johnson says:

    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 for me and I didn't want to stop reading about them I wouldn't say this is one of my favorite of Clements's books but it's a solid addition to his stellar list of titles With the Middle East in the news so often this would make a great classroom title and perhaps it'll inspire elementary students to pick up a pen and make their own connections across the globe Read my full review on my blog


  6. Garrin Reiter Garrin Reiter says:

    It was fun and exciting It was sad and got weird at some moments but overall it was a good book


  7. Steven R. McEvoy Steven R. McEvoy says:

    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 The project she get's if to have a pen pal and share at least 5 letters and do a bulletin board in the classroom to share the information she learns with her classmates Her teacher gives her the choice of a few locations where she has contacts in school Abby decides to write Afghanistan because they have mountains and her favorite thing is the rock climbing wall in the gym at school because IllinoisThe story deals with some typical stereotypes but also breaking down boundaries At first Sadeed is reluctant to write to Abby because he is to work with his younger sister and do it For a boy and girl writing is not appropriate He feels writing a girl is below him But as the letters exchange his feelings change Both Abby and Sadeed encounter resistance some parents at Abby's school complain about the Afghan flag on her display And a stranger is furious when he sees American flag stamps on a letter Saeed has Even accusing Saeed of being a traitor or spy Both children learn to deal with their feelings They both encounter feelings they did not expect They also both learn to appreciate aspects about the others culture and day to day lifeIn some ways this book was intense than many of Clements other books Because of the political nature and the content But in other ways it was slower as letters were written and events going on in between the letters travelling back and forth The book was an interesting read It also does a fairly good job of trying to handle such political issues It was also the first book by Clements that I have encountered that has some budding romance in it It was a little slower read than many of his other books but still one with a good message It helped me think about my biases or preconceived notions and any book that makes us think is good in my books Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Andrew Clements


  8. Maximilian Lee Maximilian Lee says:

    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 know if she went to 7th grade or not That's IT isn't it BORING? I still think that Abby learned to appreciate that she lives in America other than Afghanistan


  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    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 spoilerview spoilerI 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 as a group or using it for writing exercises can certainly use their imaginations to think about what happens next to Abby Amira and Sadeed hide spoiler


  10. Susy C. *MotherLambReads* Susy C. *MotherLambReads* says:

    Such a great kid's book for those kids who like to learn about different countries and how kids are in other parts of the world This book created a lot of dialogue for us as we listened I was impressed how Clements as always can make a setting come alive for young readers We were able to talk about differences that we experience here as a family the freedoms we have that so many others don't Yet in the same vein children are the same every where with the same desires I like how Clements made it seem like the characters in Kabul because they had contact with Abby the American girl started thinking differently about certain things


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