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Middle Grade Monday | 04/06/15

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Middle Grade Monday is a weekly meme where you spot like one middle grade book (or series) on, well, Monday! It can be a book (or series) that you’ve read or one that is sitting on your TBR shelf. It’s completely up to you. The point of this meme is to showcase middle grade books that people wouldn’t have sought out otherwise.

It’s been a long time since I’ve made one of these post. Am I a great blogger or what? Today on Middle Grade Monday I thought I would showcase a book by one of my favorite childhood authors. Andrew Clements. Clements book Frindle is one of my favorite childhood reads. Whenever I come across a cheap copy I still buy it for nostalgic purposes. I have multiple books from Clements. But my favorites are his novels. Even though I’m nineteen I still feel delights when I pick up a book of his. Just holding it reminds me of being a young kid was zero interest in reading and how I have to thank Andrew Clements for (a tiny part of) who I am today. The originality is something I had never experienced before as an energetic second grader and something I appreciate as a writer myself.

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From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it

Andrew Clements 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. – READ MORE HERE 

You can find Andrew Clements here:
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Drop by next Monday and see if I actually make my deadline. I dare you. Fifty gazilion cupcakes. That’s a lot of cupcakes and a lot of frosting. I’ll even chip in some extra for sprinkles if you ask. -Jordan

All links and additional information about author(s) and their books mentioned are not my own. They belong to the writer and their publisher. 

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