Jake Drake, Know-It-All

Jake Drake, Know-It-All

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by Andrew Clements, Dolores Avendano, Dolores Avendano

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Meet Jake Drake He's in fourth grade and he's been crazy about computers all his life.

And so last year when the third-grade science fair was announced Jake entered the contest hoping to win the grand prize — a supercool superfast Bluntium Twelve computer. The only problem is that he has to beat the class know-it-alls, Marsha McCall and Kevin Young, to


Meet Jake Drake He's in fourth grade and he's been crazy about computers all his life.

And so last year when the third-grade science fair was announced Jake entered the contest hoping to win the grand prize — a supercool superfast Bluntium Twelve computer. The only problem is that he has to beat the class know-it-alls, Marsha McCall and Kevin Young, to do it.

So how can a pretty smart guy like Jake turn himself into a know-it-all and win the ultimate computer without losing his friends?

In this series by the best-selling author of Frindle, The Landry News and The Janitor's Boy, Jake Drake confronts the problems of school life and finds some surprising solutions!

Editorial Reviews

Jake Drake wants to win the school's first-ever science fair, but when he hears that a local businessman is offering a new computer as a first-place prize, his eagerness turns into obsession. In the contest, he's pitted against a pair of nosy third-grade classmates. Jake doesn't win the prize, but as he reflects on his experience, he realizes that he's learned a far more valuable lesson. Another engaging Andrew Clements book for beginning readers.
Children's Literature
Third-grader Jake is excited about possibly winning a new computer in the school's first-ever science fair. The trouble is that two classmates are bound to win because they are so competitive. Still, Jake works out a magnet project, doesn't tell the nosy two, avoids the "help" of his K-I-A/D-I-A (Know-it all, Done-it-all) Dad, and finally enlists his good friend to help. He doesn't win first prize, but neither do the over-eager beavers. And Jake learns something about getting excited about science, how to organize and present a project, and he discovers it's really fun to mess around with magnets. Clements brings to this "Ready-for-Chapter" book, the second in the "Jake Drake" series, his usual knack for sounding like a kid narrator and his eye for school culture. Avendano's ink wash and pen illustrations are bland but adequate, and dialog, a few lists and charts, believable characters and situations, and some worthwhile themes make this a good read with an invitingly easy look. 2001, Aladdin, $15.00 and $3.99. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler AGES: 7 8 9 10
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Fourth-grader Jake Drake looks back on his third-grade science-fair project. Sure, he learned a lot about electromagnets, but he learned even more about the pitfalls of being a know-it-all. It all started when his principal announced the school's first-ever science fair. The plot thickened when a local businessman announced that a computer would be the grand prize. A self-described computer nut, Jake refused to work with his best friend because he didn't want to share the prize. Finally, it came to him that his single-mindedness was turning him into a person he didn't like, and his project wasn't fun. Even though he and his partner took second prize, and thus no computer, Jake valued the experience. He sounds like a regular fourth grader as he describes his teachers and classmates. But he also digs deep to reveal the character-building lessons in everyday events. Full-page, black-and-white drawings show the competitive classmates as they work toward winning the great prize. A cut above the usual beginning chapter book because of its depth, this realistic plot and Jake's personality will seal the deal with transitional readers.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A cut above the usual beginning chapter book."

School Library Journal

Product Details

Publication date:
Jake Drake Series, #2
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Chapter One: The Catch

I'm Jake, Jake Drake. I'm in fourth grade, and I'm ten years old. And I have to tell the truth about something: I've been crazy about computers all my life.

My first computer was an old Mac Classic with a black-and-white screen. I got to play Reader Rabbit and Magic Math. I got to draw pictures on the screen, and I played Battle Tanks. And that was before I could even read.

Then our family got a Mac with a big color monitor. And I got to play Tetris and Shanghai and Solitaire and Spectre. Then I got a joystick for Christmas when I was four, and so did my best friend, Willie. Whenever Willie came to my house we played computer games together. It's not we like played computers all the time, because my mom made a one-hour-a-day rule at my house. But Willie and I filled up that hour almost every day.

Then the computers started getting superfast, and I started messing around with Virtual Drummer, and then SimCity, and SimAnt, and PGA Golf, and about ten other games. And then the Internet arrived at my house, and all of a sudden I could make my computer do some pretty amazing stuff. It was like a magic window.

I'm telling all of this because if I don't, then the rest of this story makes me look like a real jerk. And I'm not a jerk, not most of the time. I just really like computers.

When I started kindergarten, there was a computer in our room. When the teacher saw I was good on it, I got to use it. I even got to teach other kids how to use it. Except for Kevin and Marsha. They didn't want me to tell them about computers or anything else.

Like I said before, I'm ten now, so I've had some time to figure out some stuff. And one thing I know for sure is this: There's nothing worse than a know-it-all.

Don't get me wrong. I'm pretty smart, and I like being smart. And almost all the kids I know, they're pretty smart, too.

But some kids, they have to prove they're smart. Like, all the time. And not just smart. They have to be the smartest. And that's what Marsha and Kevin are like.

Marsha McCall and Kevin Young were nice enough kids back in kindergartenas long as I didn't try to tell them anything about the computer. Because when I tried to show Kevin how to make shapes with the drawing program, he said, "I know that." But I don't think he really did. And when I tried to show Marsha how to print out a picture of a kitten, she said, "I can do that myself."

But a lot of the time Kevin and Marsha were pretty nice because kindergarten was mostly playtime.

But when we got to first grade, school changed. All of a sudden there were right answers and wrong answers. And Kevin and Marsha, they went nuts about getting the right answers.

But it was worse than that. They both wanted to get the right answer first. It was like they thought school was a TV game show. If you get the right answer first, you win the big prize. Anyway, they both turned into know-it-alls.

Our first-grade teacher was Miss Grimes. Every time she asked a question, Marsha would start shaking all over and waving her hand around and whispering really loud, like this: "Ooh, ooh! I know! I know! I know!"

And while Marsha was going, "Ooh, ooh," Kevin looked like his arm was going to pull his whole body right out of his chair and drag it up to the ceiling, like his arm had its own brain or something.

It was pretty awful. But Miss Grimes, she liked it when Kevin and Marsha tried to be the best at everything. She liked seeing who could get done first with a math problem. She liked letting everyone with a hundred on a spelling quiz line up first for lunch or recess. First grade felt like a big contest, and Miss Grimes smiled at the winners and frowned at the losers.

When she asked the class a question, most of the time Miss Grimes called on Marsha first. If Marsha was slow or didn't know something, then Kevin got a turn. If Kevin messed up, then she would call on someone else.

And I think I know why Miss Grimes always called on Marsha and Kevin. I think it's because she's kind of a know-it-all herself. I bet she was just like Marsha back when she was in first grade.

Second grade wasn't much better. The only good thing was that my second-grade teacher wasn't like Miss Grimes. Mrs. Brattle didn't want school to be a big contest. So she hardly ever called on the know-it-alls.

All year long, Mrs. Brattle kept saying stuff like, "Kevin and Marsha, please look around at all the other students in this class. They have good ideas, too. Just put your hands down for now."

That didn't stop Kevin and Marsha. The "ooh-oohing" and the arm waving never let up.

But last year, when I was in third grade, that's when things got out of control. And I guess it was partly my fault.

And Mrs. Snavin, my third-grade teacher? She had something to do with it. And so did the principal, Mrs. Karp.

And so did this guy named Mr. Lenny Cordo over at Wonky's Super Computer Store. He had a lot to do with it.

Because Mr. Lenny Cordo came to my school one day back when I was in third grade. And Mr. Lenny Cordo told me that he had a present for me. Something really wonderful. Something I had been wishing for.

But there was one small catch. Because there's always at least one small catch.

And this was the catch: Before Mr. Lenny Cordo could give me this wonderful thing that I wanted so much, I would have to do something.

I would have to turn myself into Jake Drake, Know-It-All.

Text copyright © 2001 by Andrew Clements

Meet 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.

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Jake Drake, Know-It-All 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gatorFL More than 1 year ago
Good story, it is popular in my third grade classroom. Many of them struggles with chapter books and want to abandon books, but they seem to stick with this story. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8-year old son and I love all the Jake Drake books and wish there were more! The stories are entertaining, the lessons are good ones - but not preachy - and the characters are relatable. I highly recommend all the Jake Drake books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jake Drake books are the best books I have ever read in my whole life! It was one of the most intesting books I have ever read. Jake Drake wanted to win the best computer that was being given away in a contest. He thought that he would win it. To find out if he wins it, read this book. I give it five stars. You probably will too.
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Emergency book
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I LOVE these books because it is easy to read and understand i wish they made more books of these because i am telling you these books are awsome i hope everyone enjoy these book but if you dont it is ok because a lot of people dont like books st all
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I read this book for free it was a book we had to read in those big text books