Parents' Guide to

About Average

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring story of sixth-grader solving her bully problem.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Not impressed

This was a book for our homeschool curriculum. Not impressed with the rude banter , snotty attitudes of the school kids . Perhaps it was the audiobook , but I don’t need my kids reading about the silly politics of the classroom , bullying , and just overall dumb behavior . The “messages” the author wants to teach aren’t enough to push through the book and silly characters that are just rude !

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Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2):

Once again, author Andrew Clements offers a comforting, feel-good story about a preteen who faces a problem and figures out how to solve it herself. Although ABOUT AVERAGE doesn't break new ground, it achieves its aim of offering a positive example of a girl who doesn't fit the typical profile of success and yet manages to accomplish quite a bit.

For the attentive reader, About Average will provide food for thought about how we sometimes give others the power to change how we feel about ourselves, and how it's possible to change that through our own efforts and by staying true to ourselves.

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