Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. Not gifted, not flunking out. Read more...
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Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. 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.
But everyone else? They're remarkable. She sees evidence everywhere--on TV, in magazines, and even in her classroom. Tremendously talented. Stunningly beautiful. Wildly gifted. And some of them are practically her age
Jordan feels doomed to a life of wallowing in the vast, soggy middle. So she makes a goal: By the end of the year, she will discover her great talent. By the end of the year, she will no longer be average. She will find a way to become extraordinary, and everyone will know about it
Well known for his expert ability to relate to kids in a school setting, bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible--personal acceptance.
- ISBN-13: 9781416997245
- ISBN-10: 1416997245
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: July 2012
- Page Count: 120
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-05-07
- Reviewer: Staff
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.” That’s not likely, given that, although Jordan is a hard worker, she’s a C student and, according to a list she draws up, the number of things she “stinks” or is “okay” at (violin, chess, a lineup of sports) far outstrips what she considers herself “great at” (only babysitting and gardening). Her self-esteem is further eroded by mean girl Marlea, who gets hold of Jordan’s list and uses it to humiliate her. The narration largely consists of Jordan’s internal monologue, as she obsesses over her insecurities and her annoyance with Marlea. Clements (Troublemaker) works in some constructive observations about counteracting bullying (Jordan combats Marlea’s nastiness with “industrial-strength niceness”). There’s no neat reconciliation (a natural disaster takes precedence and gives Jordan a chance to shine); rather, Jordan learns not to let herself be bothered by Marlea, robbing the bully of her power. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (July)