Andrew Clements Mark Elliott / Dec 06, 2019

Troublemaker Once a troublemaker always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clay

  • Title: Troublemaker
  • Author: Andrew Clements Mark Elliott
  • ISBN: 9781416949305
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules There s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there But then there arOnce a troublemaker, always a troublemaker There s a folder in Principal Kelling s office that s as thick as a phonebook and it s growing daily It s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules There s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there But then there are also reports that show Clay s own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want and Clay decides to be extra creative and draw a spot on portrait of Principal Kellings as a donkey It s a pretty funny joke, but really, Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief making ways but he can t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good hud mischief and dangerous behavior and how everyday choices can close or open doors.

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        I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters I didn t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read I m certain there s a link between reading good books and becoming a writer I don t know a single writer who wasn t a reader first.Before moving to Illinois, and even afterwards, our family spent summers at a cabin on a lake in Maine There was no TV there, no phone, no doorbell and email wasn t even invented All day there was time to swim and fish and mess around outside, and every night, there was time to read I know those quiet summers helped me begin to think like a writer.During my senior year at Springfield High School my English teacher handed back a poem I d written Two things were amazing about that paper First, I d gotten an A a rare event in this teacher s class And she d also written in large, scrawly red writing, Andrew this poem is so funny This should be published That praise sent me off to Northwestern University feeling like I was a pretty good writer, and occasionally professors there also encouraged me and complimented the essays I was required to write as a literature major But I didn t write much on my own just some poetry now and then I learned to play guitar and began writing songs, but again, only when I felt like it Writing felt like hard work something that s still true today.After the songwriting came my first job in publishing I worked for a small publisher who specialized in how to books, the kind of books that have photos with informative captions below each one The book in which my name first appeared in print is called A Country Christmas Treasury I d built a number of the projects featured in the book, and I was listed as one of the craftspeople on the acknowlegements page, in tiny, tiny type.In 1990 I began trying to write a story about a boy who makes up a new word That book eventually became my first novel, Frindle, published in 1996, and you can read the whole story of how it developed on another web site, frindle Frindle became popular, popular than any of my books before or since at least so far And it had the eventual effect of turning me into a full time writer I ve learned that I need time and a quiet place to think and write These days, I spend a lot of my time sitting in a small shed about seventy feet from my back door at our home in Massachusetts There s a woodstove in there for the cold winters, and an air conditioner for the hot summers There s a desk and chair, and I carry a laptop computer back and forth But there s no TV, no phone, no doorbell, no email And the woodstove and the pine board walls make the place smell just like that cabin in Maine where I spent my earliest summers Sometimes kids ask how I ve been able to write so many books The answer is simple one word at a time Which is a good lesson, I think You don t have to do everything at once You don t have to know how every story is going to end You just have to take that next step, look for that next idea, write that next word And growing up, it s the same way We just have to go to that next class, read that next chapter, help that next person You simply have to do that next good thing, and before you know it, you re living a good life.


    1. Whenever the kiddos and I finish a book, we always ask the same question: Okay, now how many stars should Mommy give it on ? This time we were divided like no other time. I said 3, they said 5! So we are settling on 4 stars, though no party here is leaving satisfied. The kids really liked this one. They were really, really into it. I thought it was a bit awkward and in need of editing. I've read some of the reviews and it seems that a lot of Andrew Clements fans agree that this is his weakest of [...]

    2. This book bugged me at the beginning - Clay was so cocky and irritating to me. Obviously the book is about his personal reform, but you still have to hear about his attitude at the beginning. Just FYI, there is the repeated use of the word "jackass" and an attitude of "I don't care" about destructive behavior from the main character and his friends. This book might be especially appropriate if you have a kid who HAS these attitude and behavior issues, as long as you make sure he/she reads the bo [...]

    3. Clay Hensley is an impressive character. Reminiscent of some of the best work produced by the great Barbara Park during her years as a novelist, the construction of Clay's personality is inspired at every turn. He's hilariously funny, with a faultless ability to assess the risk/reward of any situation and a smart enough tongue that he hardly ever gets in trouble for his shenanigans unless he wants to, and even then he's good at talking himself out of any real trouble. Like his brother, Mitch, be [...]

    4. WARNING!!! CONTAINS SPOILERS :In this book, there are one sixth grader boy called "Clay Hensley" has many troubles in his Truman Elementary school. His record book has filled with troubles that he made. He likes to joke with his friends. During the art class, he drew his principal like a donkey and he went to principal's office again. When he came back to home, his big brother decided to change Clay to a good student, and Clay promised to his big brother that he will going to be a good student. [...]

    5. The book, Trouble Maker by Andrew Clements, is about a boy named Clay Hensley He is always getting in trouble for something almost every day. This time, he drew a drawing of a donkey, and he put glasses and a mustache on it so it would look like his principal. When Mr. Kelling (the principal) saw it, he was upset. If he did something bad again, he'd get in ten times bigger trouble. So his bigger brother, Mitch, made him change completely because Mitch had just gotten out of jail and didn't want [...]

    6. Trouble-MakerAuthor: Andrew ClementsReview by ; DominiqueAndrew Clements the author of Trouble-Maker was born on May 29, 1949, in Camden, New Jersey. As a child, Andrew enjoyed summers at a lakeside cabin in Mane, there he spent his days swimming, fishing, and in the evening reading books. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from National Louis University. Andrew worked as a teacher sharing his love [...]

    7. One of the things that I especially love about working at an elementary school is the variety of children I get to meet. This can be both enjoyable and incredibly frustrating, but never boring, and I learn as much from them as they do from me (hopefully). Clay is one of those students who is more than capable of doing well in school, but chooses not to. In Clay's case, his admiration for his older brother, leads him into mischief, including the donkey drawing of his principal. When Mitchell retu [...]

    8. This book talks about a boy who loves making trouble. He loves to make fun of people, not bullying them, just having fun. But when his older brother got into serious trouble and went to prison, he told his younger brother,Clayton Hensley, the troublemaker, that he should change his ways and become a better person. Clayton Hensley agreed to stay out of trouble, but with his friends nagging him to do stuff his brother didn't want him to do, and opportunities the students give Clayton, can he keep [...]

    9. Troublemaker Review The usual pattern of having a child in either a middle or elementary school with a problem of some sort, is Andrew Clement's usual suit. This is evident once again, in Andrew Clements somewhat recent book, “Troublemaker”. The book begins with Clay, who is the protagonist. Clay is a sixth grader who is quite mischievous. Clay wants to see how many times he can go to the principal's office, and he has quite a reputation in school. Clay has a huge folder at the principal [...]

    10. From the inside flap:“Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker?There’s a folder in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phone book, and it’s growing daily. It’s filled with the incident reports for every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There’s the minor stuff, like running in the hallways and not being where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports, like the most recent addition, that show Clay’s own brand of troub [...]

    11. The blurb on the back of this book said that "Andrew Clements sets the standard for the school story." I gotta say that I agree with that. Clayton Hensley is a troublemaker. His latest stunt drawing a picture of a jackass that is a spot on caricature of his school principal. Clay cannot wait to tell his older brother tonight at dinner what he has done. You see Clay takes pride in being a troublemaker because it makes him like his older brother. But, Clay is in for a big surprise. His brother was [...]

    12. This was the second book I have read by Andrew Clements in under a week. As soon as I finished Frindle I picked up this one to read. I really enjoyed Frindle but I loved this one. In many ways Clayton Hensley reminds me of myself. Not afraid to stand up to authority, not afraid to get in trouble, and not afraid to cross lines. But in this book after his older brother returns from a month in county jail things are about to change. Shortly after our story begins Clayton promises his big brother he [...]

    13. Ahhh, firstLane Smith, now Andrew Clements we are bound and determined to get the word jackass beyond the would-be censors of children's literature.Clements is in top form with this story of Clay Hensley, a sixth-grader who enjoys the challenge of seeing how many times he can be sent to the principal's office during his elementary career. Why? Because his brother was a prankster who was not afraid to get in trouble, and Clay wants to be just like Mitch. So when Clay draws a picture of a jackass [...]

    14. Clements has recently been leavening his humourous school stories with more serious subjects or undercurrents. With Extra Credit, I thought he was only partially successful, but I think he succeeds pretty well with Trouble-Maker, the story of Clay Hensley - a sixth grade boy who has been making mischief pretty much since he was in kindergarten. Much of Clay's trouble making is of the just this side of serious sort, so he's not a candidate for juvie (yet). His world is rocked when his idolized 20 [...]

    15. Clay is a troublemaker. He doesn't pull pranks to be mean or because he's angry, but because his older brother was a prankster and Clay's following in his footsteps. In fact, when Clay uses his time in art class to create a hilarious picture of the school's principal as a jackass, he can't wait to show Mitch and tell him the story of what happened. But Mitch is, for the first time, unimpressed by Clay's prank. Just home from a 30-day jail sentence, Mitch knows it's time for him and Clay to turn [...]

    16. In quintessential Clements fashion, Trouble-Maker explores a typical middle-school age problem which ends with an appropriate conclusion. Clayton Hensley has always been a trouble maker, right from the get-go when he was in kindergarten. Mischief started off small and almost-laughable, but as Clay grew, the problems became more troublesome to both his parents and his principal, Mr. Kelling. That all changes once his big brother comes home from being incarcerated. Mitch sees the errors of his own [...]

    17. Clements, Andrew. Troublemaker. Atheneum Books for Children. July 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4169-4930-5. $12.99 FGr. 4-6Clayton Hensley is a troublemaker. He wants to be exactly like his older brother Mitch, who just got out of jail for wielding his own brand of trouble. When Clay uses his free art period to draw the principal as a donkey, he makes sure he's the talk of the school, showing off on the way to the office. But, when Clay reveals the drawing to Mitch, he's in for a surprise. Not only is Mitc [...]

    18. Andrew Clements never fails to produce a book well worth reading. This title would make an excellent read-aloud to elementary and middle-school students to start discussion and promote reflection about the direction they want their lives to take as well as the destructive nature of humor at the expense of another person. I would have given it five stars except for two issues. The first is the brief explanation of why big brother Mitch wants Clay to shape up (he just finished 30 days in jail), an [...]

    19. This book was very interesting especially because I knew someone like this in junior high school. Most times when children come from a home of trouble and no rules that continues everywhere that child goes. Clay and his brother Mitchell came that type of home and it continued while they were at school and nobody wanted to be bothered by them becuase of their attitudes. Once they realize they want to change it is not as easy as it sounds. Mitchell made it through and changed but now wants his lit [...]

    20. With the same deft hand he applies to 3rd graders, Andrew Clement has moved on to 6th grade. Clay Hensley, doing what he can to follow in his idolized big brother's footsteps, is a smart, charming troublemaker. And then Mitch gets out of jail. To Clay's surprise, Mitch wants to change his own ways and definitely wants Clay to change his. Not so easy when Clay has spent his entire elementary school years deliberately fomenting angst at the school all in the name of fun.The difficulties inherent i [...]

    21. I had mixed feelings on Troublemaker. Its content and use of language probably aren't appropriate for children of younger gradesor anywhere up to about 6th or 7th grade, for that matter! The author portrays a mischievous child who gets into trouble with his principal for an inappropriate poster. Here, choice language is used multiple times, and, as a children's lit. book, I know I wouldn't use that language!On the positive side, the author shows the reader that based on the choices that you make [...]

    22. Clever premise, rushed ending. We've seen all kinds of different gifted children in Andrew Clements' books, and it was cool to have a protagonist gifted in art this time around. Clements really does have a book for everyone. Clay is a typically loveable, mischievous, creative protagonist, and the book felt like a return to Clements' golden days of The Landry News, The School Story, and Frindle. Unfortunately, the resolution is thin. No mention is made of Mitch's coercive tendencies toward his yo [...]

    23. I enjoyed this! As always, I feel like Andrew Clements got it just right. His students, teachers, and parents all feel very real. Luckily, Clay isn't the type of student you run into very often. But I've definitely met him and felt similar frustrations as expressed by the teachers and administrators in this story. He's so bright and capable! He is making specific choices to act the way he does, which is very frustrating to deal with in the classroom (or in my case school library) setting. I hope [...]

    24. Not my favorite Andrew Clements book as the subject matter was a little advanced for my 7 year old. Clay is a seasoned 6th grade troublemaker with a school file inches thick. His older brother gets out of jail (!) and decides that Clay will not end up well if he doesn't clean up his act. Clay struggles with being respectful, not playing pranks and being serious in school, but in the end, it all works out for him. The use of the word "jackass" was quite prevalent (in describing a drawing of the a [...]

    25. Really more of a 3.5 star book. Clay gets in a lot of trouble at school. It's trouble that could be avoided - except Clay doesn't want to avoid it. He thinks making trouble is fun and he likes the attention it brings to him. But when his older brother is released from prison, he makes Clay promise to stay out of trouble. And that's a very hard promise for Clay to keep.This book has a really good message about consequences of your actions, what your reputation can mean (good or bad) and how it's [...]

    26. I think Clements books are really readable. They're like vitamin water: they go down so smoothly it's easy to overlook the slightly deeper level that they can operate on. This one, like others, has clearcut characters, including believable and slightly-more-than-one-dimensional adults. You could pause along the way and really think about how you would react if your brother or best friend changed dramatically. Still, there's a formulaic feel to Clements writing, and if I could I'd probably actual [...]

    27. I have always liked Andrew Clements, and he has proved once again what a great author he truly is! I love how all the elements work so well together. As soon as I finished I recommended it to some of my friends! I would rate this book a 8 out of 10!

    28. Great book that I read for a 5th grade book group. It was really engaging and all of the kids gave it a thumbs up.

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