A Week in the Woods

A Week in the Woods

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by Andrew Clements

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Mark didn't ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn't request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn't like rich kids, or slackers, or know-it-alls. And he's decided that Mark is all of those things. Now the whole fifth grade is headed out for a week of camping -- Hardy's famous Week in the Woods. At…  See more details below


Mark didn't ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn't request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn't like rich kids, or slackers, or know-it-alls. And he's decided that Mark is all of those things. Now the whole fifth grade is headed out for a week of camping -- Hardy's famous Week in the Woods. At first it sounds dumb to Mark, but then he begins to open up to life in the country, and he decides it might be okay to learn something new. It might even be fun. But things go all wrong for Mark. This Week in the Woods is not what anyone planned. Especially not Mr. Maxwell.

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Publishers Weekly
A showdown between an 11-year-old and his teacher occurs at the start of an annual environmental program when they spend a week in a wooded state park. Ages 9-13. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Angered by his family's move from Scarsdale, NY, to rural New Hampshire, Mark refuses to make friends or please his teachers. Because of his indifference, one teacher decides that he's dealing with a "slacker" and a "spoiled rich kid." To make matters worse, the fifth grader acts unimpressed with Mr. Maxwell's annual outing to the state park for a week of nature studies. However, the boy becomes increasingly interested in the outdoors and camping and signs up for the trip. On the first day there, the teacher discovers Mark with a camping tool that contains a knife, an item that students were asked not to bring. He decides that someone needs to teach the boy a lesson and decides to send him home. Mark runs away, gets lost, and must use his newly acquired skills to survive a night in the woods. The story explores both Mark's and Mr. Maxwell's point of view, and the final resolution of their conflict is effective. The boy's relationships with his ever-absent parents and his caregivers are interestingly developed. The novel includes a helpful map of the state park. Like many of Clements's titles, this one will be a popular choice, particularly with fans of Gary Paulsen and Jean Craighead George.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Playing on his customary theme that children have more on the ball than adults give them credit for, Clements (Big Al and Shrimpy, p. 951, etc.) pairs a smart, unhappy, rich kid and a small-town teacher too quick to judge on appearances. Knowing that he'll only be finishing up the term at the local public school near his new country home before hieing off to an exclusive academy, Mark makes no special effort to fit in, just sitting in class and staring moodily out the window. This rubs veteran science teacher Bill Maxwell the wrong way, big time, so that even after Mark realizes that he's being a snot and tries to make amends, all he gets from Mr. Maxwell is the cold shoulder. Matters come to a head during a long-anticipated class camping trip; after Maxwell catches Mark with a forbidden knife (a camp mate's, as it turns out) and lowers the boom, Mark storms off into the woods. Unaware that Mark is a well-prepared, enthusiastic (if inexperienced) hiker, Maxwell follows carelessly, sure that the "slacker" will be waiting for rescue around the next bend-and breaks his ankle running down a slope. Reconciliation ensues once he hobbles painfully into Mark's neatly organized camp, and the two make their way back together. This might have some appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen's or Will Hobbs's more catastrophic survival tales, but because Clements pauses to explain-at length-everyone's history, motives, feelings, and mindset, it reads more like a scenario (albeit an empowering one, at least for children) than a story. Worthy-but just as Maxwell underestimates his new student, so too does Clement underestimate his readers' ability to figure out for themselves what's going on in each character'slife and head. (Fiction. 10-12)
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School Library Journal This one will be a popular choice, particularly with fans of Gary Paulsen and Jean Craighead George.

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A Week in the Woods 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Week in the Woods is about a rich boy, named Mark, who moves from San Francisco to New Hampshire. He makes a bad impression on his teachers and makes no friends. Then Leon, the guy who watches him, likes the outdoors so he takes Mark snowshoeing. In his backyard, there is a barn that Mark camps out in. He now loves camping and he knew he acted like an idiot and a jerk to his teachers so he tries to apologize. He makes friends and participates in class but his teachers got mad. Then they go out for a week in the woods and he is fitting in and having fun. Mr. Maxwell, the teacher who hates him the most, is giving him a retrial fro a fresh start. Then Mr. Maxwell checks the cabins and Mark gets caught with friend¿s multitool. He didn¿t know it had a knife until Mr. Maxwell popped up a four-inch blade. It is a school-sponsored event so no weapons are allowed. He is going to be sent home until he runs off. Read the rest if you want to know what happens when a field trip turns into survival and more importantly, what happens to Mark. I recommend A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Week in the Woods is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! It is entertaining. I LOVE this book! It is soooo gooooood that I cant stop reading it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! Ijust love it. First I didn't know if I'm going to like it or not, it was my class assignment to read.I would reccommend this book to all the kids like me, age about 9-12.Im 11 and this book was pretty easy 4 me ,so read it.If u like ,like it,if u dont like ,still like it. Thanks for reading! THIS IS FROM A 5TH GRADER,THANKS AGAIN!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Week in the woods is such a good book. I love it because it has so many adventures. It is about a boy that moves to a new house in New Hampshire and has some troubles. And they are going on a field trip that is called A Week in the Woods. The fifth grade classes go on it every year. There are no knives or anything like that allowed there and Mr. Maxwell catches Mark, the boy that moved, with a knife but it wasn't really his. It was Jason's, Mark's friend, but Mark took the blame for it. Mr. Maxwell tells Mark to pack his bags and meet him at his truck. But Mr. Maxwell makes a phone call and a leader of the campground said it had Jason on it and Mr. Maxwell was surprised and went to tell Mark but he wasn't in the truck and it has been a long time. But thought maybe he forgot something so he went to look for him but he was not on the campground. So he went to ask one of the other teachers. She passed him not too long ago going the other way . Then Mr. Maxwell knew where to look. Mr. Maxwell knew that Mark headed to one of the paths and so Mr. Maxwell went to look for him.

I think the book is very interesting because of all of the adventures. I also think that it was a little strange that Mark ran away.

I recommend this book because it is very interesting with all the troubles and how they work them out and it ends up to be a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I'm now a seventh grader was a sixth grader like 4 days ago. Anywho, it's about a kid in 5th grade who moves to NH like in the country. His family are millionaires and he's spoiled. His new teacher gives him a hard time because he's a sloucher. But When he's given a chance to attend a program called a week in the woods he takes it. hoping to make new, better friends he goes and if u read it you will know what happens next!! great telling you about it. If you have any questions on ANY book, I've probably read it. so e-mail me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Awesome you all should read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amzing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Samuel Lee#10 A Week in the Woods Have you ever moved to a totally different place and couldn't get along with the other people in your new school? In the book "A Week in the Woods" Mark has lots of friends, attends to a great school, and is rich, but he faces a lot of problems. This book is written by Andrew Clements. Andrew does a great job describing the main character and his character traits. This all started in Hardy Elementary School in New Hampshire. The main character of this story is a young 5th grader named Mark Robert Chelmsley. He is rich, spoiled, and has a happy life. Mark was enjoying his life until something shocking happened to him. Suddenly, his parents had to move because their business. When he came to his new school, he couldn't get along with his classmates, but the worst thing was that his science teacher, Mr. Maxwell, hates Mark because he was rude and disrespectful. A few months later, the 5thgraders begins their camping trip. Mark thinks that the camp is a good chance to get along with others. When they arrived at the Gray's Notch State Park, they went to their cabin. Mark notices that his classmate Jason is in his cabin. Jason shows Mark his knife that he bought. Mark wanted to inspect it, so he held it in his hands. Suddenly, Mr. Maxwell comes in and finds him with the knife. Mr. Maxwell sees that Mark brought a knife. Mark runs away into the woods. Later on, Mr. Maxwell finds Mark and notices that the knife did not belong to Mark. So Mr. Maxwell knows that Mark is a good guy. After the notice, the two get closer. I like this book because I had the same experience as Mark. I think you should read this book because it is fun to predict how the relationship grows between the student and the teacher. It is also fun how Mark starts a new beginning. I hope you enjoy the book~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The only thing I didn't like about it is the beginning is kind of slow. Other than that I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really connected and was able to sympathize with Mark because I have moved 7 times in my life and the longest I've stayed in one place is 3 years, just like the main character of this book. I am about the same age of him too. This novel was very interesting and exceptionally well-written. Andrew Clements is an awesome writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the sample and I am SO EXITED to see what's going to happen next.
Hunter-age9 More than 1 year ago
This story is about a boy named Mark. He moves from the city to a small town in New Hampshire. He does not get along with his teacher Mr. Maxwell in the beginning. Mark learns to survive outdoors. His class goes to a state park for a Week in the Woods. Mr. Maxwell catches Mark with a knife that really belonged to Mark's friend. Mark runs away into the woods and Mr. Maxwell goes to find him. In the end they have to help each other. I would recommend this book if you like outdoor stories. This book also teaches a lesson that enemies can become friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is about a rich boy named Mark Chelmsly. Mark's parents are successful business people and they travel alot. Mark just moved to New Hampshire and he is not excited to be going to a new school, which is smaller than his old school and the kids he goes to school with now are not rich. Many of his classmates,including his teacher, Mr.Maxwell thinks he is spoiled and lacks initiative. Mark never pays attention in class and his teacher always catches him looking out the window and Mark is always grumpy. Then one day Mr.Maxwell announces that the class will be going on a week long camping trip called a week in the woods. Mark wasn't too thrilled to go on any camping trip. Then one day he thought of sleeping outside in the barn but his parents would not allow him to do that.His friend Leo, who was his nanny slept outdoors with him,then Mark liked camping. On the day of the trip, Mark's friend Jason, showed him a pocketknife that he brought on the trip, he let Mark hold it and the next thing he knows Mr. Maxwell is telling him to pack his things and get in back of the truck, he was going home. When Mr. Maxwell stopped the truck to talk to the ranger, Mark jumped out of the truck and ran into the woods. Mr. Maxwell finally looks at the knife and knows it does not belong to Mark. When Mr. Maxwell goes to the truck to tell Mark he is sorry, Mark is gone. Mr. Maxwell knows that even if you don't like someone you can't leave them stranded so he goes to look for him. Mark does surprising well in the forest, he packed a whistle, an energy bar, a flashlight and a compass. When Mark was trying to find his way back to camp, he found Mr. Maxwell, who had a broken ankle since a boulder fell on it. Mark helped Mr. Maxwell back to the ranger station to get help. Then Mr. Maxwell and Mark started to like and understand each other. Mark finally settled in to his new town and made new friends. In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like this book since it started out kind of slow, but then I started to get wrapped up in the plot and I couldn't put it down. The book shows us that we need to give new circumstances and people a chance before we decide we don't like them. I thoroughly recommend this book to all.
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Loved it!!!
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I think this is a good book. It shows that you aways can get along with people that you don't really like
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I liked what yall said about it really stands out and i like how u have good supporting details
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