True or False?
Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is really a genius.
But don't tell anyone.
Nora always gets average grades so she can forgo the pressure-cooker gifted program or Brainiac Academy.
But when Nora gets one hundred percent fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point.
Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what's wrong. But can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?
About 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.
Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
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Chapter Four: The Reading of the Grades
My mom had made a fantastic meal and we ate in the dining room. Steak and baked potatoes and green beans and a fresh fruit salad and hot rolls and butter and strawberry jelly. There was a white tablecloth and lace placemats and tall green candles and the best silverware. Even cloth napkins.
We always had great food on report card day. No meatloaf. No macaroni and cheese. No tuna-noodle casserole. Not on report card day.
Then came dessert, also wonderful. Apple crisp made with fresh apples from the orchard over on Route 27. Plus vanilla ice cream.
But I wasn't that hungry. It reminded me of the last meal they serve to a prisoner before an execution.
After the dessert dishes were cleared away, we were all sitting at the table, and my mom said, "All right, who wants to be first to read a report card tonight?"
It was a pointless question. The Reading of the Grades was a well-established ritual. It followed a definite pattern. Ann always read her grades first, then Todd, and then me.
Ann said, "I'll go first." No smile. Ann was all business.
It was Ann's junior year in high school. Ann is tall, blond, athletic, and intense. Kind of pretty, too. People say I look like her, except I'm not tall. And my hair's more reddish than blond. And I try not to be intense. So I guess those people who say we look alike are crazy.
Ann had been elected junior-class president. She was cocaptain of the girl's field hockey team and the girls' basketball team. She had been the youngest member of last year's Math Decathlon, and the team had placed first in the state competition. Ann was taking two Advanced Placement classes and the rest were honors classes. She was trying to graduate from high school a semester early. She wanted to get a scholarship to Georgetown University and study international relations. Intense is the right word.
Mom smiled and said, "All right, Ann. Let's hear how you did."
Ann unfolded her computer-printed grade sheet. I knew what was coming. Everyone knew what was coming.
Ann began reading. "Honors Chemistry, A plus. Honors English, A. A.P. World History, A. A.P. Physics, A plus. Phys Ed, A plus. Mixed Chorus, A plus. And an A minus in Drivers Education, but that won't count in my class rank."
"That's terrific, Annie!" My dad's smile made him look like a piano. He said, "Not much room for improvement, and that's the way it ought to be. Great! Just great!"
Mom said, "You should be very proud of yourself, Ann. All your hard work is really paying off." Then turning to my side of the table, Mom said, "Okay, who's next Nora or Todd?"
Another pointless question. Never in his life had Todd let me do anything ahead of him. He said, "I'm next."
Todd was in eighth grade. He had lots of friends and lots of interests, like mountain biking and snowboarding and playing electric guitar and being a 1960s rock-and-roll trivia nut. Todd's school sport was soccer, but he wasn't a star player which is what I am. And that's not bragging about my soccer playing. That's just a fact. Schoolwork wasn't easy for Todd, especially reading. But Mom and Dad kept after him, so he worked pretty hard, and his grades usually showed it.
Todd cleared his throat, glanced at Dad and then at Mom, gulped once, pushed his straight, brown hair up off his forehead, and then began to read. Todd always read his best grades first. "Gym class, A plus. Math, A minus. Science, B...uh, no, I mean it's a B plus. Social Studies, B. And a B minus in English...but I was only two points away from a plain B."
Mom and Dad nodded thoughtfully for a moment, and then Mom said, "Well, that's a pretty good report, Todd. But I don't think it's really the best you can do, is it? Especially that B minus in English. I'd think you'd be a little disappointed with that. At the conference last month Mrs. Flood said you need to spend more time with your writing, and you need to take your outside reading assignments more seriously. Don't you think that would help?"
Todd nodded and said, "Yeah, I guess. But still, Mom, I got a B average and that's good. You should see Tom's grades."
"But we're not talking about Tom." Dad was not smiling. "We're talking about you. You're almost in high school now, and you've got to start being more serious. Grades like that might get you into a state school, or into a little college somewhere out in the middle of nowhere. But those grades wouldn't get you into a good college. No way. Time to get down to business. Agreed?"
Todd made a sheepish face and nodded. "Yeah. Okay. I'll...I'll do better. I will."
And then all eyes swung to me.
My cheeks felt hot. I hadn't planned well for this part. I had thought reading my grades out loud wouldn't be a problem. But it was.
Before Mom could ask, I said, "I don't want to read them. Don't try to tell me that my fifth-grade grades are important, because I know for a fact that they aren't. And they're all based on a bunch of stupid information that anybody with half a brain can memorize. Tests and grades and all of it it's all...just stupid."
Then in a calm voice my dad said, "Please read your grades to us, Nora."
I shook my head. "You can look at them if you want to. But I'm not going to read them. My grades are my business, and nobody else's."
My dad started to say something, but Mom cut in and said, "Nora, I know this may be hard for you, but it's important. You're in fifth grade now. You have to get used to the fact that grades do matter. They matter a lot. So please, read your grades. We know everybody's different, and not everyone's going to do as well as everyone else. We're not comparing you to Todd or Ann or anybody. We just want to be able to talk about school and how you're doing, talk about it as a family."
I didn't budge. "There's nothing to talk about. May I please be excused?"
That was too much for my dad. "No!" he shouted. "You may not be excused! You're not leaving this table until you have read your grades out loud to your family!"
I put my sealed report card on the middle of my placemat. "Fine," I said. "Sit here as long as you like. But I'm not reading my grades."
A long three minutes passed in silence. Then I folded my arms and put my head down on the table.
Todd cleared his throat and said, "Dad, Tommy's mom is gonna be here in ten minutes. She's driving us to the movies and I've got to get ready. So may I be excused? Please? And could I have my allowance?"
Five minutes after that I was alone at the table.
Around nine-thirty I pulled three chairs together so I could lie down. I kicked my shoes off, moved a bunch of things out of the way, and slid the tablecloth toward me so I could use it like a blanket.
I'd been asleep, so I'm not sure what time it was. But it was later and I heard my mom say, "Carry her up to bed, Jim. She's won this round, and we might as well admit it."
I kept my eyes shut.
My dad said, "Yup. She can be a tough little cookie, all right. She'd make a great lawyer, I bet. Except first she'd have to get into law school somewhere."
I heard the sound of ripping paper. And I knew what it was. He was opening my report card.
I heard him pull in a sharp breath, and then, "My gosh! No wonder Nora wouldn't read this! Look, Carla all Ds! Everything but spelling, and that's a C!"
"Goodness!" That was Mom. "I don't believe it! How did this happen?"
Dad said, "Well, let's shake her and sit her up right here and find out!"
Mom said, "No, Jim, not now. Poor child think how ashamed she must feel about such terrible marks. Just take her upstairs. We can talk about it tomorrow."
I felt the tablecloth slip off my back and legs, and then Dad's strong arms lifted me up.
It had been a long time since my dad had carried me up to bed.
I heard my mom behind us on the stairs. "Careful you don't bang her head on anything."
And my dad said softly, "With grades like those, it prob'ly couldn't hurt."
Mom said, "That's not funny."
I was glad they didn't try to get me into my pajamas because I'm sure it would have tickled. My mom just peeled off my socks, tucked the quilt up under my chin, kissed me softly on the forehead, and then closed my door.
I opened my eyes and stared into the darkness.
I wondered if I had done enough thinking about my plan. Because first I had tried to think about what I wanted to accomplish, and then I had tried to think of all the steps I had to take, and how my steps would lead to the steps other people would take. I had done a lot of thinking, and that's something I've gotten good at.
But had I thought of every single thing that could go wrong at every single step, and had I thought of enough ways to get around each possible problem?
Lying there in the dark, I faced a fact: I wouldn't know if my plan would work until it did. Or didn't.
Copyright © 2004 by Andrew Clements
Chapter Five: Solitary Confinement
Ann and Todd were still in bed when I walked into the kitchen on Saturday morning. My parents were sitting at the table with their coffee mugs. I could tell they had been waiting for me.
I didn't like this part of the plan. This part of the plan was going to be pretty hard on Mom and Dad. And so were some other parts. It wasn't really fair to them, but it couldn't be helped. After all, I wasn't the one who had made up the rules around here.
Mom didn't even say "good morning." She said, "We opened your grade report last night, Nora."
My dad shook his head and growled, "Never seen such bad grades in my life even on my report cards."
I said, "I don't want to talk about it. You saw the grades. I got Ds. And one C. Those are my grades. I don't want to talk about it."
"Nora, please," Mom said. "There must be a reason you got such awful grades. Are you unhappy? Have the children at school been teasing you? Have you been feeling sick? Or is it something else?"
I shook my head as I scanned the row of cereal boxes on the counter. I poured some cornflakes into a bowl and said, "I don't want to talk about it, Mom. I got the grades I got, and that's all there is to it."
Dad exploded. "'All there is to it'?! Well, then you're grounded, young lady! And that's all there is to it! You don't want to spill the beans and let us help you out, then that's the way it is. You can just sit in your room until you decide to cooperate."
I munched my cereal, swallowed, and took a sip of orange juice. I said, "Fine by me." Then I said, "Am I allowed to read, or do I have to sit in the corner and look at the flowers on the wallpaper?" Which was a lot sassier than usual. But that was part of the plan too.
Mom put a hand on Dad's arm. She said, "Nora, don't be disrespectful. You know better than that. And you know us better than that too. We only want to help you. But first you've got to help us."
I looked at them. "But I don't want any help. Did I ask you to come to school and take my tests for me? Did I ask you to read my assignments for me? Or do my homework? I don't need help."
They didn't talk anymore and neither did I. After my last spoonful of cereal, I tipped up my bowl and drank the milk. I wiped the milk off my upper lip, laid my napkin on the table, got up, and put my bowl and spoon and glass into the dishwasher. Then I said, "I'll be up in my room."
I spent the rest of Saturday reading the article on the history of China in the Britannica. It was a long article. I'd been chipping away at it for almost a week and I was only up to a.d. 1368, the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. It felt good to have some forced reading time.
I was allowed out of my room for meals, and on Sunday morning I went to church with everyone, but then it was right back to my cell.
At about eight o'clock on Sunday night my mom came in and sat down on the edge of my bed where I was reading. I knew why she'd come. It was time to get ungrounded. The way I figured, unless you're a teenager with places to go and friends to go with and money to spend when you get there, grounding is a pretty pointless punishment.
And sure enough, Mom's first words were, "Nora, your father and I have decided that your grounding is over. But I don't want you to think we're not concerned about this. This isn't like you, Nora."
I looked up from my book. "Isn't like me? What am I like?"
My mom smiled. "Why, you're sweet and thoughtful, and you want to do your very best at everything, Nora. That's what you're like." I gave a little snort, but Mom ignored the noise. "And if you need help," she continued, "you're smart enough to ask for it."
"I told you, Mom. I don't need any help. And since when have I been sweet? Or thoughtful?"
Mom stayed focused on her main topic. "But there's nothing wrong with asking for help. We all need help now and then. Besides, you don't want to get a reputation for not caring about your work. Grades are very important, Nora. So, whether you like it or not, first thing tomorrow morning your father and I are going to school to talk with Mrs. Hackney. It's just not right that a perfectly normal student could be allowed to get all Ds. And one C. And your father and I did not get a single academic warning letter from the school, not one. The school has some explaining to do." She paused, her eyes searching my face. "You understand, don't you, Nora? We're not trying to embarrass you. But we have to get to the bottom of this."
I shrugged and said, "Sure. I understand." And I did. Completely. I had been certain they would visit the school after they saw those grades.
Mom stood up and started to leave, but she stopped at the door, turned back, and said, "Your dad and I love you, Nora."
I looked up and said, "I love you too."
And that was a fact.
Copyright © 2004 by Andrew Clements
Reading Group Guide
A Reading Group Guide to The Report Card By Andrew Clements About the Book Fifth-grader Nora Rose Rowley has been keeping an unusual secret for most of her life. The secret is that she is very, very smart. She does not want her family, friends, or teachers to know that she is highly intelligent because she does not want to be singled out as different. She does not want to leave her regular fifth-grade class to attend the Gifted Program. Most of all, she does not want her best friend Stephen to feel less good about himself because she is so much smarter. It is this reason that leads Nora to draw a very smart conclusion: that tests and grades should not be the only way students are judged. To prove this, however, Nora sets a not-so-smart plan into action: She decides to flunk fifth grade. What begins as a simple effort to protect her friend and prove her point snowballs into a classroom-wide “Get a Zero” campaign that ultimately involves teachers, counselors, even school administrators and threatens to get both her and Stephen suspended. Worst of all, Nora’s secret is discovered. Or perhaps this is the best result, for now Nora must find a way to be her true, intelligent self as she navigates through the remainder of fifth grade, through family relationships and friendships, and through the rest of her life. Discussion Questions 1. Nora has kept her intelligence a secret from her family, friends, and teachers for a long time. Give several examples of ways Nora keeps her secret. Do you think Nora made a good choice to keep this secret? Why or why not? 2. Nora says that she got her terrible report card for Stephen. Explain this statement. List some of the ways Nora describes her friend Stephen. How do you think Nora really feels about Stephen? Do you think protecting Stephen is truly the only reason Nora decided to get a bad report card? 3. Nora pigeonholes her sister and brother into specific roles in the family. Ann is the successful student. Todd is the average-yet-likeable guy. What role does Nora see herself playing? How does this affect her actions? Do you feel you play a particular role in your family? How does this affect your behavior? 4. Nora feels that the only place she can let everyone see her talents is on the soccer field. Why does she feel this way? How are being a good athlete and being a good student perceived differently at your school? How do you feel about this situation? 5. Describe what happens at your school and at home on a report card day. What is special about a report card day? Who opens your report card? How do you feel just before the report card is opened? What happens if you get especially good or bad grades? 6. Early in the book, Nora remarks that “fifth grade grades matter.” What does she mean? How do your grades contribute to your opinion of yourself? How do your grades contribute to your parents’, friends’, and teachers’ opinions of you? Do you think your grades paint a fair picture of you? 7. Nora’s bad grades get a lot of people in trouble besides herself. This is surprising to Nora. List the people who also get “bad grades” as a result of Nora’s poor school performance and describe the other surprising results of her failure. 8. When the school administrators confront Stephen and Nora with their “Get a Zero” plan, Mrs. Hackney says: “A disobedient attitude has been set loose in our school. And we have got to stop it.” Why is Mrs. Hackney so concerned about this problem? What do you think might have happened had Nora and Stephen not been caught so early on in their “zero rebellion”? 9. Would you like to go to a school without tests or grades? Why or why not? List some of the possible positive and negative aspects of such a school. 10. List the following qualities in order of importance: intelligence, compassion, patience, honesty, creativity, diligence. Explain your list. 11. What does it mean to feel, or to be, normal? Describe a “normal” kid or a “normal” day? Do you think being “normal” is a good goal for Nora? Is it a good goal for kids in general? Is there really such a thing as “normal”? Activities and Research 1. Designing a good educational system, making daily decisions, and keeping discipline in an elementary school is a big challenge. Make a chart depicting the way the administration of your school is organized, starting with your principal, school board, and parent-teacher organization. If possible, interview your school principal, guidance counselor, office manager, or another school administrator about his or her job. Then write a newspaper article about this person and the role he or she plays in school life. 2. The Report Card is not just a story about tests and grades. It is also a story about friendship and the people we choose to trust. Create a poster featuring famous friends from literature, such as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain) or Betsy and Tacy (Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace). What qualities do these friendships share? Make a list of the most important qualities of a good friend. 3. Early in the book, Nora describes how she first got to know her friend Stephen. Write a paragraph or short story about how you met one of your best friends. Include details about your ages, the place of your meeting, how you were feeling before you became friends, and how you feel about the friendship today. 4. One way Mrs. Byrne comes to recognize Nora’s intelligence is by reviewing the websites she visited on the library computer. Keep a log of websites you visit over the next day or week. Afterwards, review your log, or exchange logs with a friend or classmate for review. What can you learn about yourself, or your classmate, from these web logs? 5. Although they may not have chosen the right plan, Nora and Stephen have an important message about testing and a valid desire to share their thoughts. Choose an issue about which you feel strongly, such as recycling, protecting an endangered animal, eating organic foods, or improving school safety. Create a plan for sharing your feelings with your school or community. Discuss the plan with a parent, teacher, or community leader. Use their input to refine your plan. Put your plan into action. 6. Nora’s sister, Ann, has clear goals for life after high school, while Nora seems uncertain. Consider your own future ambitions. Then write a paragraph describing what you hope to accomplish after high school. If possible, share your paragraph with your class or a group of friends. Do many of you share similar ambitions? Are your dreams very diverse? How might you, and your friends, achieve your goals? 7. Go to your library or media center to learn more about intelligence and testing. Then hold a debate on the topic of testing. Divide the group into two teams arguing the pro (for) and con (against) sides of a testing debate. Consider such questions as: Do IQ tests measure intelligence fairly? Should intelligence be measured at all? If desired, expand the debate to consider classroom tests and grades.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was an excellent experience. My teacher likes it because of all the juicy vocabulary it uses. This story is about two kids who get in double trouble. Their names are Nora and Stephen. Nora gets a bad report card and their parents are mad at him. After this problem, Nora makes a bigger problem that's out of control! You never know what is gonna to happen next. I'd recommend this book for grades 3 or higher. This book was great and I hope you read this book also. Parker, from Ms. Edwards class
I think this book was really good. It says that you should jst do your best and show what god gave you.It showed Me that grades are inportant and always do your best and work hard. It shows how people are unaware of what might happen if you fail. My teacher in 4th grade gave retests. Altough if you get retest it doesn't mean not to study it just means that you try your hardest the first time and if you fail it is good to have second chances. If you are smart don't be afraid to show it be happy all the time and don't take things for granted. This was a great book and i hope you read it soon.
Love it! It has a great lesson!
I'm 12 and in the 6th grade. Mr. Clements books are great to read. I'm not really into reading but I like his books a lot. My mom recently purchased 4 more of his books. I give The Report Card 5 stars.
I think that this book was really good. It proved that grades aren't everything and bad grades don't make you stupid; and good grades don't make you especially smart. This book showed how tests can affect self-esteem and your life. It also showed how un-aware teachers are of 'geniuses.' It also showed how one just pleases to be normal and just fit in and not be a weirdo. The Report Card shows how one wishes not to be different in a gifted program, but to just be normal. This book I could relate to. It is recommended.
This book is my favorite book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was funny at points and suspenseful; it turned out to be a pretty good read. I would recommend it for seventh or eighth graders if they like books that are both funny and serious at the same time! There were times when I couldn't put it down...
I loved this book when I was in third grade I didn't really care about the message. I wanted to be as smart as Nora. I really wanted to read as much as Nora and understand things like Nora does in the book. All in all this is a geat book and don't take the message to seriously, kids won't and besides its really well written.
Hello agin if u r looking for the best book ever read this one if is really good hope u get it if u like it write it thanks for reading
The Report Card is a very good book so far. I have really enjoyed it. I disagree with the people who say that it delivers a bad mesage. I can't wait to finish it!!!
This book is about a young girl who is very smart and who tries to be normal by not doing well in school, by making D¿s in her classes. This causes problems for her at home and at school. She is trying to get the point across that there is too much pressure and miss use for test and grades. Read this book to find out what happens at the end when the teachers have a meeting with the entire school. This book would be a good book for children to read and be able to relate to, they may feel the same way she did, just wanting to be normal. Clements, Andrew. The Report Card. New York: Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2005.
Great book i have not read a book like this in 50 years
This book is about a girl who is smart but does not want people to know that she is smart. The people think she is dumb but really is not. She brings home a card which is a report card. She gets 5 Ds and 1 C....... Next day she goes to school and does some research on a pc. Her teacher notice that she is not dumb but smart. Thats why I think this book is good.I love this book because it tells me how smart the person is. The author Andrew Clements is a good writer because he/she did a good job at writing the book.I got sucked in this book from just reading The Dollar which is a good book from the same author. This book is good for people at the age of 10-14 because of the grammar. The grammar in the book is well writen. The Report Card is recommended for people who like to read books such as a bookworm. Thats why I love this book.
I thought this book was bad because it had to many big long conversations. It is AR. This was at my leavel.
Part D PopularClements, A. (2004). The report card. New York: Scholastic.Nora Rowley has known that she was different from a very young age. She has also known that she doesn¿t want other people to know about it either. Able to read by the age of two and a half and a fabulous memory are part of what makes Nora a genius. But she has managed to keep it a secret from everyone until now. As a fifth grade student, she sees the importance and stress that everyone puts on grades and test scores and she doesn¿t like how it affects students. She knows how it makes some kids feel superior and others feel dumb. So Nora and her best friend Stephen set out with a plan to change things.Testing and good grades is an issue every school-age child must face. Clements addresses the issue from a child¿s perspective. Then ends with a positive message and optimistic attitude about schoolwork and doing one¿s best. Ages 8-12.
Not the best book I've read, but certainly woth reading.
Nora is a girl who is really smart and when she was in Kindergarten she met a boy called Stephen and he wasn't quite smart. Because of that Nora made her grade low for example she got D's and C's. When Nora was 3 she put a puzzle together that had 100 pieces, after Nora told a plan to Stephen and to some other kids to have F's on their test's so the teachers would realize that report cards don't matter. At the end everyone get's to know that Nora is smart and they want her to go to a gifted program which is a program for kids who are smart. But Nora doesn't want to go to the program because she wants people to think of her of a girl who is a normal kid. I recommend this book for people who like books which are novel's.
So far it is a pretty good book. I think it is weird that she is trying to get bad grades so she can be average. She is acullaly very very smart but she doesn't want people to know. It is an AR book.
This is a story about a girl who even at a very young age has discovered that she is incredible intelligent. But, she also discovers that people watch you very closely and expect a lot out of you when you are that intelligent. She doesn't just think about herself, she is concerned about the other students and how children are compared based on their intelligence and she doesn't like it one bit. So, she does everything she can to make herself appear not nearly as smart as she really is.
This is a great book that students in upper elementary school would enjoy. When Nora discovers that she is a genius she decides to hide this from her family in fear of acceptance. When she discovers her best friend has difficulty in school she uses her knowledge to guide him. This book has an excellent story line and would be great to read as a whole class.
this is about a girl who fakes bad grades
In this story a little girl figures out that in Kindergarten she is very smart but she doesn't want people to know that she is in order to get through school without people looking at her all the time and watching her every move. She becomes a copy cat and does this with a boy who happens to be in her classroom all the way up to third grade. When they both get to the third grade though they have to take a standardized test and when her best friend doesn't do very well he is no longer the patient fun loving boy he once was and is easily frustrated with school. She decides to do something drastic, fail her classes. She wants people to know that grades shouldn't matter and everyone should be treated the same way. She has to meet with teachers, parents and lots of other people to see what is going on with school but one day, the teacher finds out just how smart she really is... what happens with the rest of third grade? Do grades go up or do they stay the same?... Read to find out! Very good book to read with students when it comes to the standardized tests in the school system.
A girl, far beyond her10 years, takes the school establishment to task after pulling the wool over everyone's eyes her entire life, even, and most importantly, her parents. Far-fetched and somewhat insulting to the adult population, but that's what makes Clements' books so much fun!
Nora is really a genius, but is determined not to let anyone know it, so she gets poor grades - very poor, 5 Ds and a C. She doesn't want her best friend to feel bad about himself, plus she is rebelling against all the stress the teachers are putting on students because of the state standardized tests. Eventually, Nora begins to realize that her intelligence is a gift.
‘The Report Card’ is a book that I enjoy revisiting. Nora is a profoundly gifted child who has kept her genius a secret. While that is the premise of the novel, as an adult I can see more than when I first read it. The story reminds me that, no matter how smart you are, you can still make mistakes. Nora is a genius, yes, but even she admits that she has made her fair share of mistakes. This book revolves around one of her mistakes, following from what she thinks is the perfect plan to the fallout from the disaster it turns out to be. Nora is smart, but human. I would recommend this book to kids of all ages as the message that labels such as smart or dumb can’t really be trusted is one that children, and even those who are not children, need to hear.