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Trouble Maker Once a troublemaker always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clay

  • Title: Trouble Maker
  • Author: Andrew Clements
  • ISBN: 9781461806196
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules There s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there But then there aOnce a troublemaker, always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules There s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there But then there are also reports that show Clay s own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want, and Clay decided to be extra creative and draw a spot on portrait of Principal Kelling a donkey It s a pretty funny joke, but really, Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decideds to change his own mischief making waysbut he can t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good hud mischief and dangerous behavior and how everyday choices can close or open doors.

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    1. Lisa on said:

      Whenever the kiddos and I finish a book, we always ask the same question: Okay, now how many stars should Mommy give it on ? This time we were divided like no other time. I said 3, they said 5! So we are settling on 4 stars, though no party here is leaving satisfied. The kids really liked this one. They were really, really into it. I thought it was a bit awkward and in need of editing. I've read some of the reviews and it seems that a lot of Andrew Clements fans agree that this is his weakest of [...]

    2. Natalie on said:

      This book bugged me at the beginning - Clay was so cocky and irritating to me. Obviously the book is about his personal reform, but you still have to hear about his attitude at the beginning. Just FYI, there is the repeated use of the word "jackass" and an attitude of "I don't care" about destructive behavior from the main character and his friends. This book might be especially appropriate if you have a kid who HAS these attitude and behavior issues, as long as you make sure he/she reads the bo [...]

    3. Josiah on said:

      Clay Hensley is an impressive character. Reminiscent of some of the best work produced by the great Barbara Park during her years as a novelist, the construction of Clay's personality is inspired at every turn. He's hilariously funny, with a faultless ability to assess the risk/reward of any situation and a smart enough tongue that he hardly ever gets in trouble for his shenanigans unless he wants to, and even then he's good at talking himself out of any real trouble. Like his brother, Mitch, be [...]

    4. Brian on said:

      WARNING!!! CONTAINS SPOILERS :In this book, there are one sixth grader boy called "Clay Hensley" has many troubles in his Truman Elementary school. His record book has filled with troubles that he made. He likes to joke with his friends. During the art class, he drew his principal like a donkey and he went to principal's office again. When he came back to home, his big brother decided to change Clay to a good student, and Clay promised to his big brother that he will going to be a good student. [...]

    5. Charlie Faragher on said:

      The book, Trouble Maker by Andrew Clements, is about a boy named Clay Hensley He is always getting in trouble for something almost every day. This time, he drew a drawing of a donkey, and he put glasses and a mustache on it so it would look like his principal. When Mr. Kelling (the principal) saw it, he was upset. If he did something bad again, he'd get in ten times bigger trouble. So his bigger brother, Mitch, made him change completely because Mitch had just gotten out of jail and didn't want [...]

    6. 6th Grade Honors Language Arts Class on said:

      Trouble-MakerAuthor: Andrew ClementsReview by ; DominiqueAndrew Clements the author of Trouble-Maker was born on May 29, 1949, in Camden, New Jersey. As a child, Andrew enjoyed summers at a lakeside cabin in Mane, there he spent his days swimming, fishing, and in the evening reading books. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from National Louis University. Andrew worked as a teacher sharing his love [...]

    7. Heidi on said:

      One of the things that I especially love about working at an elementary school is the variety of children I get to meet. This can be both enjoyable and incredibly frustrating, but never boring, and I learn as much from them as they do from me (hopefully). Clay is one of those students who is more than capable of doing well in school, but chooses not to. In Clay's case, his admiration for his older brother, leads him into mischief, including the donkey drawing of his principal. When Mitchell retu [...]

    8. Annie on said:

      This book talks about a boy who loves making trouble. He loves to make fun of people, not bullying them, just having fun. But when his older brother got into serious trouble and went to prison, he told his younger brother,Clayton Hensley, the troublemaker, that he should change his ways and become a better person. Clayton Hensley agreed to stay out of trouble, but with his friends nagging him to do stuff his brother didn't want him to do, and opportunities the students give Clayton, can he keep [...]

    9. Adonica on said:

      I enjoy Clements' books for kidsfun read aloud and kids doing amazing things.

    10. Jowel Uddin on said:

      Troublemaker Review The usual pattern of having a child in either a middle or elementary school with a problem of some sort, is Andrew Clement's usual suit. This is evident once again, in Andrew Clements somewhat recent book, “Troublemaker”. The book begins with Clay, who is the protagonist. Clay is a sixth grader who is quite mischievous. Clay wants to see how many times he can go to the principal's office, and he has quite a reputation in school. Clay has a huge folder at the principal [...]

    11. Beverly on said:

      From the inside flap:“Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker?There’s a folder in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phone book, and it’s growing daily. It’s filled with the incident reports for every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There’s the minor stuff, like running in the hallways and not being where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports, like the most recent addition, that show Clay’s own brand of troub [...]

    12. Stacy Ford on said:

      The blurb on the back of this book said that "Andrew Clements sets the standard for the school story." I gotta say that I agree with that. Clayton Hensley is a troublemaker. His latest stunt drawing a picture of a jackass that is a spot on caricature of his school principal. Clay cannot wait to tell his older brother tonight at dinner what he has done. You see Clay takes pride in being a troublemaker because it makes him like his older brother. But, Clay is in for a big surprise. His brother was [...]

    13. Steven R. McEvoy on said:

      This was the second book I have read by Andrew Clements in under a week. As soon as I finished Frindle I picked up this one to read. I really enjoyed Frindle but I loved this one. In many ways Clayton Hensley reminds me of myself. Not afraid to stand up to authority, not afraid to get in trouble, and not afraid to cross lines. But in this book after his older brother returns from a month in county jail things are about to change. Shortly after our story begins Clayton promises his big brother he [...]

    14. Kim on said:

      Ahhh, firstLane Smith, now Andrew Clements we are bound and determined to get the word jackass beyond the would-be censors of children's literature.Clements is in top form with this story of Clay Hensley, a sixth-grader who enjoys the challenge of seeing how many times he can be sent to the principal's office during his elementary career. Why? Because his brother was a prankster who was not afraid to get in trouble, and Clay wants to be just like Mitch. So when Clay draws a picture of a jackass [...]

    15. H on said:

      Clements has recently been leavening his humourous school stories with more serious subjects or undercurrents. With Extra Credit, I thought he was only partially successful, but I think he succeeds pretty well with Trouble-Maker, the story of Clay Hensley - a sixth grade boy who has been making mischief pretty much since he was in kindergarten. Much of Clay's trouble making is of the just this side of serious sort, so he's not a candidate for juvie (yet). His world is rocked when his idolized 20 [...]

    16. Abby Johnson on said:

      Clay is a troublemaker. He doesn't pull pranks to be mean or because he's angry, but because his older brother was a prankster and Clay's following in his footsteps. In fact, when Clay uses his time in art class to create a hilarious picture of the school's principal as a jackass, he can't wait to show Mitch and tell him the story of what happened. But Mitch is, for the first time, unimpressed by Clay's prank. Just home from a 30-day jail sentence, Mitch knows it's time for him and Clay to turn [...]

    17. Jackie on said:

      In quintessential Clements fashion, Trouble-Maker explores a typical middle-school age problem which ends with an appropriate conclusion. Clayton Hensley has always been a trouble maker, right from the get-go when he was in kindergarten. Mischief started off small and almost-laughable, but as Clay grew, the problems became more troublesome to both his parents and his principal, Mr. Kelling. That all changes once his big brother comes home from being incarcerated. Mitch sees the errors of his own [...]

    18. Terryann on said:

      Clements, Andrew. Troublemaker. Atheneum Books for Children. July 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4169-4930-5. $12.99 FGr. 4-6Clayton Hensley is a troublemaker. He wants to be exactly like his older brother Mitch, who just got out of jail for wielding his own brand of trouble. When Clay uses his free art period to draw the principal as a donkey, he makes sure he's the talk of the school, showing off on the way to the office. But, when Clay reveals the drawing to Mitch, he's in for a surprise. Not only is Mitc [...]

    19. Judy on said:

      Andrew Clements never fails to produce a book well worth reading. This title would make an excellent read-aloud to elementary and middle-school students to start discussion and promote reflection about the direction they want their lives to take as well as the destructive nature of humor at the expense of another person. I would have given it five stars except for two issues. The first is the brief explanation of why big brother Mitch wants Clay to shape up (he just finished 30 days in jail), an [...]

    20. Brittany Sahadat on said:

      This book was very interesting especially because I knew someone like this in junior high school. Most times when children come from a home of trouble and no rules that continues everywhere that child goes. Clay and his brother Mitchell came that type of home and it continued while they were at school and nobody wanted to be bothered by them becuase of their attitudes. Once they realize they want to change it is not as easy as it sounds. Mitchell made it through and changed but now wants his lit [...]

    21. M. on said:

      With the same deft hand he applies to 3rd graders, Andrew Clement has moved on to 6th grade. Clay Hensley, doing what he can to follow in his idolized big brother's footsteps, is a smart, charming troublemaker. And then Mitch gets out of jail. To Clay's surprise, Mitch wants to change his own ways and definitely wants Clay to change his. Not so easy when Clay has spent his entire elementary school years deliberately fomenting angst at the school all in the name of fun.The difficulties inherent i [...]

    22. Bennett on said:

      I had mixed feelings on Troublemaker. Its content and use of language probably aren't appropriate for children of younger gradesor anywhere up to about 6th or 7th grade, for that matter! The author portrays a mischievous child who gets into trouble with his principal for an inappropriate poster. Here, choice language is used multiple times, and, as a children's lit. book, I know I wouldn't use that language!On the positive side, the author shows the reader that based on the choices that you make [...]

    23. Runa on said:

      Clever premise, rushed ending. We've seen all kinds of different gifted children in Andrew Clements' books, and it was cool to have a protagonist gifted in art this time around. Clements really does have a book for everyone. Clay is a typically loveable, mischievous, creative protagonist, and the book felt like a return to Clements' golden days of The Landry News, The School Story, and Frindle. Unfortunately, the resolution is thin. No mention is made of Mitch's coercive tendencies toward his yo [...]

    24. Luann on said:

      I enjoyed this! As always, I feel like Andrew Clements got it just right. His students, teachers, and parents all feel very real. Luckily, Clay isn't the type of student you run into very often. But I've definitely met him and felt similar frustrations as expressed by the teachers and administrators in this story. He's so bright and capable! He is making specific choices to act the way he does, which is very frustrating to deal with in the classroom (or in my case school library) setting. I hope [...]

    25. Alicia on said:

      Not my favorite Andrew Clements book as the subject matter was a little advanced for my 7 year old. Clay is a seasoned 6th grade troublemaker with a school file inches thick. His older brother gets out of jail (!) and decides that Clay will not end up well if he doesn't clean up his act. Clay struggles with being respectful, not playing pranks and being serious in school, but in the end, it all works out for him. The use of the word "jackass" was quite prevalent (in describing a drawing of the a [...]

    26. Heather on said:

      Really more of a 3.5 star book. Clay gets in a lot of trouble at school. It's trouble that could be avoided - except Clay doesn't want to avoid it. He thinks making trouble is fun and he likes the attention it brings to him. But when his older brother is released from prison, he makes Clay promise to stay out of trouble. And that's a very hard promise for Clay to keep.This book has a really good message about consequences of your actions, what your reputation can mean (good or bad) and how it's [...]

    27. Heather on said:

      I think Clements books are really readable. They're like vitamin water: they go down so smoothly it's easy to overlook the slightly deeper level that they can operate on. This one, like others, has clearcut characters, including believable and slightly-more-than-one-dimensional adults. You could pause along the way and really think about how you would react if your brother or best friend changed dramatically. Still, there's a formulaic feel to Clements writing, and if I could I'd probably actual [...]

    28. Margaret on said:

      I have always liked Andrew Clements, and he has proved once again what a great author he truly is! I love how all the elements work so well together. As soon as I finished I recommended it to some of my friends! I would rate this book a 8 out of 10!

    29. Priya Sridhar on said:

      (view spoiler)[Hank got off easily, all things considered. (hide spoiler)]

    30. Jodi on said:

      Great book that I read for a 5th grade book group. It was really engaging and all of the kids gave it a thumbs up.

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