Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Rebel kid creatively tests limits in funny school tale.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 7+

A lovely quick read.

My 9 year old and I read this book and really enjoyed how Nick put his learnings to practice and stood up for what he believed, in a dignified manner. It had a delightful end. A lovely read together book.

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age 8+

Clever story, loved the ending

This is a book that my 9-year-old son and I read aloud before bedtime over a few weeks. In the beginning, one might get the sense that student Nick Allen is a bit of a smart-aleck. But hang in there... the story is good, and the ending is delightful... and I might add, it made me a little bit emotional (in a good way).

Book Details

  • Author: Andrew Clements
  • Illustrator: Brian Selznick
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1996
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 105
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 5, 2021

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