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The Last Holiday Concert

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,284 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
It didn't sound like much, but it was a big idea. A very big idea.
It all started when Hart Evans zinged a rubber band that hit Mr. Meinert, the chorus director. Actually, it started before that, when Mr. Meinert learned he was out of a job because the town budget couldn't afford music and art teachers. Mr. Meinert got so mad at Hart that he told the sixth gr
Hardcover, 166 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Jun 02, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I was reading this book, I was thinking," What kind of teacher would let a child in charge of a big concert?" I also tried to think of my friends if they were in charge of a concert.
I thought the teacher in this book took a big risk by letting a child be in charge. It also explained to me that some teachers trust even one of the troublemakers.
The book is about a music teacher who has a big concert coming up. But there is one problem. He can't handle the kids. So he just sits around and l
Dec 02, 2008 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every year, there is a holiday concert at Hart's school. But when Hart hits the teacher in charge with a rubber band during class, the teacher gets so mad he says he won't prepare them for the concert, and unless they just want to stand there the whole time, they better get someone to organize it. So the class votes and Hart is put in charge of it, even though he doesn't want to be in charge of it. At first he just thinks,"Oh we just won't prepare anything. Who cares if we stand on stage for an ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good and it is almost as relatable to my elementary school music teacher. I was imagining the whole back and when I read it, it brought me back to the elementary school days. The writing in the book isn't particularly any thing special in my opinion which I like I don't like a lot of vivid word that aren't needed in the book. Anyways, the book was really good and interesting and the events were as if they had mixed my fifth grade year and my years in middle school. A good pa ...more
Victor Alinas
Nov 12, 2015 Victor Alinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victor Alinas
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The Last Holiday Concert: By Andrew Clements

This story is about a boy named Hart Evans who moves onto Palmer Intermediate School from elementary school in the town of Brentbury. For Hart, being one of the most popular kids in sixth grade has its advantages. Most kids look up to him, and all teachers let him get away with anything, all except the band director, Mr. Meinert. The chorus was Harts most least favorite class in sixth grade. One day, Hart accidentally ang
Apr 25, 2008 Soccerplayah07 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hart Evans was the most popular kid at Collins Elementary School and is on his way to owning that title again at Palmer Intermediate. So when he unintentionally shoots a rubber band at his chorus teacher one afternoon, he expects it to be laughed off. After all, it was an accident.

Mr. Meinert, the chorus teacher, is wound so tight that he blows up at Hart and the entire class. In a huff, he announces that he is stepping down, and they are now responsible for planning their entire holiday concert
Oct 12, 2007 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Grade 4-7– BOOK TALK IT!!!!! I Loved IT!! Sixth-grader Hart Evans's least-favorite class is chorus, where uptight Mr. Meinert makes them sing boring songs. When Hart shoots a couple of rubber bands at the teacher, the man overreacts and is angry when the smooth-talking boy gets off relatively unscathed. Although the class is not told, readers learn that Mr. Meinert will lose his job after January 1 because of budget cuts. When the students act up the next day, he snaps and decides to place the r ...more
Nana S.
Jan 29, 2013 Nana S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I have read a book called The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements. I think that the theme of the book is that you can accomplish more as a team than by yourself. I said this because in the story the music teacher Mr. Meinert thought the holiday concert that the sixth grade chorus was doing was his and only his. He decided what they were going at the holiday concert every year and doesn't let any of the kids share their ideas about what they should do. But when he steps aside
Aug 14, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Holiday Concert is by Andrew Clements. Clements is the author of Frindle which is enjoyed by many children in elementary school. This new book joins the ranks of books like Frindle to be loved by all who read it.
Hart Evans is a popular student in elementary school. Will this hold over to Intermediate school as all sixth graders in Brentbury converge on Palmer Intermediate School. At the first assembly, Hart gets his first look at the entire class he will now be in. Can he make his mark
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Jan 28, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used this book as a read aloud with my students. It was an ideal choice. The chapters are just about the right length, not too long for sneaking in for a few minutes after lunch recess. It also was a good Christmas story to read together, though it did irk me that it's called a "holiday" concert instead of a "Christmas" concert. That sounds unnatural and unwieldy. Incredible the lengths people go to these days to do what is considered politically correct, even when it means adding extra syllab ...more
Booktalk: Hart Evans is one of the most popular kids in the sixth grade. All the guys want to be his friend, all the girls think he's cute, and even his teachers give him some slack if he turns his homework in late. Everybody likes Hart. He's not stuck up about it, he's just a genuinely cool guy to be around. But then his chorus teacher Mr. Meinert blows up at the sixth graders and tells them they can produce the holiday concert on their own, it's their problem now. Hart ends up being elected th ...more
Nov 28, 2015 J.D.Staton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another remarkable treasure written by Andrew Clements, one of the most insightful, original, beneficial, and pro-social authors I've ever encountered! In this tale, he introduces the reader to the concepts behind "student-focused" educational strategies and contrasts them with the outdated, less successful, teacher-oriented teaching approaches. As a thematic, student-centered teacher, myself, I found this book to be every bit as valuable for teachers and parents (along with other adults) to rea ...more
This seemed like a typical Clements book: school setting, kid who overturns the system, etc etc. Some of the timing seemed completely unrealistic - even if they were singing mostly in harmony, the staging and logistics seemed highly advanced given the amount of time they had. But it was a fun car book at the holiday season, entertaining enough for ages 12-18 plus parents.

Annoyance: the copy from our library had a scratch or something on the first disc so the last track was garbled. Of course th
Elaine Gleaton
Aug 17, 2014 Elaine Gleaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5th-grade
I picked this up to read after my 8 year old said she got bored. I read it quickly and was wiping tears from my eyes when she came back in the room. "Why are you crying??" A very good book, I love how Andrew Clements writes about the relationships between students and teachers. Reminds me why I'm a teacher. :)
Apr 23, 2008 Yi-Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i now realize that almost all of Andrew Clements books have this in them:

1.) a somewhat con traversal topic
2.) a kid who's special one way or another. ('special' compared to others. but comparism is odious.)
3.) a nice teacher who eventually helps the kid
Stephanie Pieck
This was a nice story about how Hart Evans, the most popular boy in the sixth grade at Palmer Intermediate School, goes from being someone mainly concerned with how he looks (and whether he's being noticed) by others to someone who can truly find compromise and lead. When Hart shoots his chorus teacher, Mr. Meinert, with a rubber band, it sets off a chain of events that affects the entire community.
This is a nice book, but perhaps not one of Clements' best. As a music teacher, I enjoyed the stor
Dec 20, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I've used this book as a holiday read aloud for my fourth graders. It's good; not great. The kids really like it, though. The beginning is excellent at setting up the problems of each of the main characters, and the kids always want me to, "Keep reading!" Somewhere in the middle it gets a little bit dry. Eventually, the night of the concert comes and all of the puzzle pieces fall into place. I really like this book because it doesn't have a perfectly "happily ever after" ...more
Snyder, Donna
Mar 21, 2014 Snyder, Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Grandson, Tyler asked me to read this book. It was a gift from his teacher last Christmas. So of course I read it. I really enjoyed it. When reading the comments about the author, Andrew Clements, on what would be page 169 I especially enjoyed the very last sentence..."It's about the vital role that art and music teachers play in our public schools."
When I see all of the cuts being made in our schools in the arts, it makes me very sad for the children. I feel these classes are extremely imp
Hailey Layug
Dec 08, 2014 Hailey Layug rated it it was amazing
The books of Andrew Clements has always taught a lesson, during school. Around the 5th, mostly 6th grade. From 'Lost And Found' to 'Extra Credit' to 'Frindle' and many more. Recent one is 'About Average' and 'The Last Christmas Concert'. Andrew Clements is a fantastic children's author. One of my favorite authors. His writing is great as any author. Kids learning lessons. I probably won't have library class until next week. I'll be reading more of Harry Potter to catch up on and hope to soon fin ...more
Joshua Isaacs
Oct 27, 2014 Joshua Isaacs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading 22 pages of The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements, I chose to read it for my second book report because I couldn't stop reading. I had planned on reading 11 pages, but I read 22 instead! Another reason I chose to read it, is because I can relate to Hart (the main character), I feel like I'm there with him. Lastly, I thought that Andrew Clements did a great job of showing both perspectives of Hart, at home and at school. Because of these reasons, I rated this book 4 stars. How ...more
Erin Krueger-foster
I like this book. It may not be the best book I've ever come across but I definitely did love it. Hart Evans, the school 'trouble maker' ends up having to take charge of the last holiday concert. He was goofing off as usual, and shot a rubber band into Mr. Meinert's ear! Mr. Meinert got upset with the children of the sixth grade at Palmer Middle School, and told them to do it themselves if they can't take him and his class seriously. The children then must either band together and make an excel ...more
Nov 22, 2013 ThenSingsMySoul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, not even people I hate.
I was appalled by the negative messages in this book. It totally slammed school administration. It wasn't even about Christmas. It was all about "happy holidays". This author must be some kind of moron. Does he really believe that all administrators do is drink coffee and fire people? Does he honestly think that schools would be better off without administration? Does he think they enjoy firing people?

And don't even get me started on the crackpot ideas he has about the way children's social int
Nov 19, 2010 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one afternoon. It was very delightful.
It is about Hart Evans who is a good kid but ends up in detention. The music class is not going very well until it is decided that they take a vote as to who would take over the concert. The teacher is a 2nd year teacher. The district has decided to cut music and art from the programs. After Christmas the music program will be no more. There is a democratic vote and the teacher announces that Hart Evans will be the one who will decide wha
Alicia Williams
Jul 30, 2011 Alicia Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Another great school-life novel by Andrew Clements. I love how his "social experiments" always evolve towards a very Montessori educational philosophy. It reinforces my beliefs that Maria Montessori was a genius in her observations of children and in putting those observations into practice as the Montessori Method of education!

In "The Last Holiday Concert", the teacher has a bit of a melt-down and tosses the responsibility for putting on the holiday choral show onto the sixth-graders who are l
Jan 14, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it
This is Mr. Meinert's last holiday concert with his 6th grade students. He's been stripped out of the job he loves all because of fiscal difficulties and budget cuts. His demeanor, mood, and temperament changes sinces he knows he will be out of a job, but parents and students don't know yet. Because of the stress, he snaps when Hart Evans, a popular student, accidentally hits him with a rubber band. Hart's punishment is after school detention. Meinert's sadness is escalated when the student's do ...more
Stephi C
Jan 23, 2016 Stephi C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-a-reread
What a beautiful and insightful book. Clemens really understands the meaning of potential, hope, and renewal, and this story outlines it perfectly. I love how even though it's centered around music, he manages to avoid advanced jargon for those who aren't musicians, but at the same time lays out the concert in such striking detail that you can almost hear and see it unfold before your eyes. This was one of my favorite books in elementary school and it still is now.
Jan 09, 2016 Evanthea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the best book ever. I did it 4 a book report and it was easy to read so I finished it by the due date. If you are looking for a book to read this one is your number one choice for books. It has some good lessons in the book. It had some never put down moments but in the end it was amazingly fun. This was the best book I have ever read in my whole life. (And I have read many books in my life.) I gave this book
Nothing is perfect and sometimes people don’t get a happy ending in the end of the story. Hart is a charming 6th grade boy who is appointed as the director of the concert at school. He’s got in trouble because of a prank went wrong with his teacher Mr. Meinert. It’s not easy to be the director/leader. At first when everybody comes up with ideas, it is fun. But when it’s time to execute the ideas, it’s hard. Clashes and protest happen.
In the end the concert is astounding and it is a huge success
Sep 12, 2012 TamTam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a 3.5. I read via the audio version.

Once again a typical Andrew Clements book. He knows what it's all about. Kids are smart and if you give them the chance, they can do great things! And the ending was good. Bittersweet.

If your child is enjoying Andrew Clements' books, this is another great one. I've tried two others of his that I actually didn't enjoy that much. I couldn't really get into Extra Credit that much. I also didn't like Troublemaker. I tried a few pages from that one, but seein
Aug 03, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly, this might be the first children's novel I've read that demonstrates what (the beginnings of) leadership qualities look like in kids. That pushed it up a star review, just because kids need to see more of that - not being told "this guy is the leader" and leaving it at that. Actually showing what leadership in a class room setting entails.
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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 an ...more
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