Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

n298538I just finished a new book by Andrew Clements called Extra Credit. You may have read some of his other books, like Frindle, No Talking, or The Landry News. This is the story of two sixth graders, an American girl and a boy in Afghanistan. They become pen pals because she has to do an extra credit project to keep from being held back in sixth grade. The letters flow back and forth and pretty soon there is an unusual friendship building between the two: they not only learn about each other’s completely different ways of life, they also learn to appreciate their own lives. Like Clements’ other books, this is a school story but also much more: it is a story of friendship and real learning. The bonus in this book is that you learn about life in Afghanistan, a country very much in the news these days.

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3 Comments on “Extra Credit by Andrew Clements”

  1. KIM Says:

    Extra Credit that sounds good to any student so I think the book is very good too!


  2. Andrew Siegel Says:

    A good book that I would recommend to anyone who likes learning about the life and perspective of someone from another country.

  3. Mrs Keane Says:

    A very good book on life in Afghanistan is The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. The book is about the injustices done to all the Afghan people but particularly women by the Taliban. The young girl in the story has to dress like a boy and go to the market to make money so her family can eat.

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