Extra Credit

Extra Credit

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Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott

It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork, it's just that she doesn't like doing it. And that means she's pretty much failing sixth grade. When a warning letter is sent home, Abby realizes that all her slacking off could cause her to be held back — for real! Unless she wants to repeat the sixth grade, she'll have to meet some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project: find a pen pal in a foreign country. Simple enough (even for a girl who hates homework).

Abby's first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, and Sadeed Bayat is chosen to be her pen pal....Well, kind of. He is the best writer, but he is also a boy, and in his village it is not appropriate for a boy to correspond with a girl. So his younger sister dictates and signs the letter. Until Sadeed decides what his sister is telling Abby isn't what he'd like Abby to know.

As letters flow back and forth between Illinois and Afghanistan, Abby and Sadeed discover that their letters are crossing more than an ocean. They are crossing a huge cultural divide and a minefield of different lifestyles and traditions. Their growing friendship is also becoming a growing problem for both communities, and some people are not happy. Suddenly things are not so simple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416949312
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 189
Sales rank: 58,595
Product dimensions: 4.94(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of more than fifty books for children, including the New York Times bestsellers No Talking and Lunch Money and the enormously popular Frindle. He lives with his wife in western Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit andrewclements.com. Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including No Talking by Andrew Clements. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Extra Credit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extra Credit Abby Carson has been having a little trouble with her grades from fourth grade to sixth grade (she's presently in sixth grade.) In February of sixth grade, Abby found out she probably will have to repeat sixth grade. But, she finds out that if she does all her homework in all her subjects (and an extra credit project in L. A.), she has a chance to go to seventh grade. Then, she finds out the project is to write to someone from where she lives (Illinois) to a small village by the city of Kabul in Afghanistan. The person she is writing to is Amira Bayat. But secretly, Amira's brother Sadeed is the real one writing the letters because he doesn't think what Amira is saying in her letters is important and because what Amira says isn't answering the questions that Abby is asking in her letters. Extra Credit is a book that is written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Mark Elliott. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division published the book. The book was copyrighted in 2009. Extra Credit costs $16.99 in the United States. The theme of the book is it takes a lot of effort to set things right (as Abby did throughout the book with her grades.) Overall, it was a book with turns and twists.
gnjhns More than 1 year ago
This story allows 2 children to have a small window into each of their worlds. I loved the way he was able to help each child see their differences and appreicate all that they have and could have. I would recommend this to any family who are trying to help their children understand the struggle the Afgan children must face in order to do something as simple as write a letter. Many of us take this privledge for granted and if we did not have the communication highway where would we be? Clements has done an excellent job in showing children friendships can cross all borders and it is important to care for others and not just yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Andrew Clements' novels are always a success in my opinion. Written for a middle grade audience, they are entertaining, inspirational, and educational, and EXTRA CREDIT is no exception. Just look closely at the cover and you will probably guess EXTRA CREDIT is a pen pal story, but it is not just any pen pal situation. Abby finds herself reluctantly writing a pen pal letter for extra credit. She is in danger of being held back in sixth grade again next year. Desperate to go on to junior high with her friends, she has promised to do all her homework and earn B's on all future tests this year so that she can leave the sixth grade behind. That is not quite enough for her language arts teacher. An extra credit project will also be required. That's where the letter writing comes in. Halfway around the globe from Illinois is Sadeed living in Afghanistan. His teacher has just asked him to assist his sister in writing a pen pal letter to a girl from America. That girl is Abby. What follows is the development of an unusual friendship and a learning experience like no other. Both young people are introduced to a culture completely different from their own, and the reactions that arise leave them both confused about the intolerant beliefs that surround them. The possibilities for EXTRA CREDIT are endless. It could be used as a discussion starter in classrooms involving current events, different cultures, letter writing, and so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting and fun to read!!!!! I recomd this book and other Adrew Clement books
lovereading1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It gives people a chance to learn what it is like in different cultures, and, in some cases, how lucky we are.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OPINION: Not as much adventure as I like, if you like liturature and realistic fiction, this is the book for you. ( I myself like action /adventure and fantasy, so this rating is kind of biased. ) Fans of Andrew Clemets' hilarious books, you are probably going to think that this book is less funny than his others. SUMMARY: Sadeed is trusted with the job of teaching his sister English to send to an American girl. But they make a system where she talks and he writes it down ( and secretly edits it to sound better. ) They send letters vack in forth and Sadeed begind to get fon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Afghan meet America! To get extra credit so she can pass the grad this girl gets a pen pal. A cliff hanging ending but Its still GOod! &#321 &#123 &#4321
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Very exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book but its not my type of a book i would want to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I recommened for 4th grade &up. The words are well written.
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Really good book trust me i read it it is touching and funny and is really good i think is cool how she is writing to someone someqhere else and i love love love this book so much this is a really long run on sentence but i dont care so any way it is a must read really in teresting i have3,206 charecters left i wonder bye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i recomend it to msny children across the wrld maybe you can relate to his book it is easy to picture things and the characters in your head andrew clments is a fantastic wrier and has wonderful imagintion and is very creative i hope you like this book as much as i did
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Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book by Andrew Clements got to love this book to penpals find out about eachothers country and become friends but they dont know each others secerets
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book . the author andrew clements did a great job making this book ! When i started reading this book i loved it ! I think everyone should read it !! If you read this book hope you like it !!!
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Amzaing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book and i hate books and this is the only book i likE !!!!