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A Week in the Woods

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,065 ratings  ·  291 reviews
The fifth-grade Week in the Woods is a beloved tradition of Hardy Elementary, where Mark Chelmsley (the Fourth) is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school. But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr. Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand.

But it m
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2002)
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Now, as some of you may know, I love Andrew Clements’ Frindle with all the pieces of my heart. It is magical. It is marvelous. I keep a copy on my "Love You Long Time" shelf at home, next to Redwall and These Old Shades and Daddy Long-Legs. That’s how fantastic it is.

A Week in the Woods... is not so fantastic.

It is, dare I say it, mediocre.

Mark is a smart loner child who moves to a new town and knows all the class material and doesn’t want to bother making friends since his uber-rich family wi
Adam J.
Dec 17, 2012 Adam J. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am starting this book and I really like it so far. The author does a great job getting the characters very realistic. The book is about a boy who is moving to New Hamshpire from San Francisco. So far he is in his new house exploring.this book is very realistic and I love it so far.

It was hard to get in to!! Endind was awesome!!!!!
( ●—● ) Evelynn
Sep 12, 2013 ( ●—● ) Evelynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has enjoyed Andrew Clements' other books.
Okay, in my opinion, this is Andrew Clements' best book! Truly! When I started out reading this, I figured it was going to be 4 stars. But it came out being five!

Throughout the book, Clements described in true detail Mark's thoughts and his surroundings. Though I usually find myself bored with a lot of description and thoughts and less dialogue, there was a balance. With this story it made sense, and it kept my attention well.

Also, I loved the fact that Clements focused on just Mark and Mr. Maxw
Harper Fiske
I really really love Andrew Clements. His books are so amazing and I can almost never find an author who writes mainly realistic fiction, my favorite genre. It was a pretty quick read, too. I read it in about a day, so it made a good action/adventure book in a time crunch.
Good insights into what boys are thinking.
Marvelous description of the setting and characters.
A showdown between an 11-year-old and his teacher occurs at the start of an annual environmental program when they spend a week in a wooded state park.
The fifth-grade Week in the woods is a beloved of tradition of Hardy Elementary,where Mark Chelmsley is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school.But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr.Maxwell that he's not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can't stand.
But it may be too late change Mr.Maxwell's opinion of him.On the first day of the Week,the tension between teacher and student explodes,and in a reckless moment,M
Kiefer Church
The book A WEEK IN THE WOODS by Andrew Clements was one of my favorite books. It's about a spoiled rich kid name Mark Chelmsley whose parents have half a million dollars and end up moving from the only place he loved to a small town in New Hampshire. Mark decided that he was not going to pay any attention in class. But one day his science teacher Mr.Maxwell decide that he was go to try to get Mark some friends and to lighten up a little bit but it doesn't work so after class Mr.Maxwell calls Ma ...more
Andrew Clements in his book "A Week in the Woods" writes not just about a fifth-grade field trip, but a journey about biases, first-impressions, learning our own limits and conquering our weaknesses.

The fifth grade new-comer to the school needs a challenge, but also needs somewhere to belong. As he seeks to avoid boredom, he stumbles into nature and feels its call.

His fifth grade teacher thinks him to be a rich kid with no incentive until he forces his answer and finds that he is unchallenged. H
Next to Frindle this one was one of my all time favorites. I was sucked into the story and loved the way that the kid was so enthused about survival skills that he actually researched the topic that interested him to the extent that he was able to not only save himself in the woods but his teacher as well.
All 4 of us in my family read this out loud together, for Generations_Read_Together. All of the Clements titles that I've read are good, and have great kid appeal, but he's definitely not my favorite as an adult!
Olivia Amann
If you have never got lost in a big place find out what it feels like to be lost for a whole week without a single person in the woods with you!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!
Erin Mullen
It was a really good book! i had to read it over summer vacation.
Dylan Patel
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
Clements is known for his school stories, and this one is no different.

This is a book about self-discovery and second chances through the novel's main character, Mark.

Mark is not a typical Clements sketch of a character, and yet he is at the same time. He is the stereotypical rich kid that gets a bad wrap. His parents are moving him to a new house, and a new school, and the last thing he wants to do is leave behind his friends.

If moving was not hard enough on Mark, he also has the label of "spo
Good book: A story with adventure, and learning about yourself in a tough time.

A new, very wealthy boy moves to a small town, where every year the grade (5th I think) goes on a camping trip. He is not well-accepted by his peers, and even the teacher has an attitude about this boy's wealthy, privleged background. The reality, however, is that this boy has been moved around a lot, never sees his parents, never goes camping with them, and yet thoroughly enjoys the outdoors.
He takes the rap for havi
Lisa Rathbun
Enjoyable story for the upper elementary age. I was interested in both Mr. Maxwell and Mark, and I liked how the author juxtaposed a chapter from the teacher's point of view with a chapter from Mark's. I like how Mark read Jack London, and a couple excerpts from his writing was included. I find it interesting that the author shows that someone might decide to change, but even if you do want to change, your former behavior may cause others to keep treating you based on how you acted before. The w ...more
Mark has such an attitude and it finally changes near the end of the book.It gets very exiting when he is in the woods.
this book has a lot of adventure mark has a problem with his attitude at the beggining of the book mark starts to change his attitude.
mark is lucky he has his gear when he got hurt he blew his whistle. mr maxwell sees some thing in mark. mr maxwell in the begging of the book thinks mark is lazy and a slaker. mark is a slacker at the begginig but at the end mark changes. mark is
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Mark's parents are wealthy. He is taken care of by a kind Russian couple who act as housekeepers and babysitters. Mark's life takes an unexpected turn: from New York and an elite private school to small town New Hampshire and a public school. His parents have bought 450 acres (1.8 km²) rural and expensively renovated an old farmhouse. Mark is sent to live there - by himself with the housekeepers - because there are "tax advantages" to establishing residency.

At his new school, Hardy Elementary, M
Mark is a snobby, snotty rich kid whose parents don't have time for him. He's always had everything he wanted as soon as he asks for it. His parents decide to move to New Jersey out in the country by a small town. Mark has to attend the local school for a few months. Then summer will come and he'll go to different camps, and in the fall he'll go to the prestigious Runyon School. He enters 5th grade with a chip on his shoulder. The school is little and old. The students are country hicks. The cla ...more
I expected this book to be mostly an adventure story about a week in the woods, but in fact the danger and adventure cover about two chapters quite late in the book. Rather, the focus is on how fifth-grader, Mark Chelmsley, adjusts to a significant change in his life when he moves from Scarsdale, where he attends private school (as he has always done), to rural New Hampshire, where he is finishing out the year in a public school. Interestingly, although there's some misjudgment of New Hampshire ...more
Really enjoyed this book. It was even more fun because I love the outdoors and it makes you think of how you treat students as a teacher. Do we assume things that we shouldn't? Do we give students opportunities like this that they grow and thrive under? I just really enjoyed that the author included both the teacher and the student's perspectives and it definitely made me think. Very good book.
When my daughter needed to read a book in the "realistic fiction" genre, Andrew Clements is the author that immediately came to my mind. We've read a few books of his in the past, but A Week in the Woods was one we had missed. So it became her pick. This is a fun book, with a lot about camping and wilderness survival. And it is also about attitudes and passing judgement on people.

Mathew White
Well, Justin and I read this, and I think it's a good read, but I left for the United States without finishing it, so it lost some of it's momentum and took a whole lot longer to get through than one week! Anyway, a good book with lots of survival tips to be learned as well as once again providing understanding into the perspectives of both students and teachers.
Caleb H
Ok. So the last book that i reviewed by Andrew Clements, Extra Credit. Was the best book I have read in a long Time and this has got to be one of the worst. I could not even get half way through it. It was just so slow and boring I don't know how anyone would be interested in this book unless they like books that take forever for just one thing to happen...... Not Pleased
The only people Andrew Clements understands more than teachers are the children in their classes, & he proves his amazing empathy once again here. Teacher Mr. Maxwell has done "A Week in the Woods" every year since he first started teaching - it's exactly what it sounds like. The whole fifth grade goes to a state park near their New Hampshire town & spends the week learning in the outdoors. Mr. Maxwell immediately pegs new student Robert as a spoiled rich kid with an attitude problem who ...more
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

I am a huge fan of Andrew Clements. Always have, and I possibly always will. His books have brought back pretty good memories... Its been a long time since I read this book last (I haven't picked it up since second or third grade!), so rereading it definitely gave me a nostalgic feeling. I will admit, A WEEK IN THE WOODS isn't the best Clements book out there, but it was still pretty well-written.

I didn't like it at first because it was a little too slow for my liking, but
Oct 28, 2010 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary school kids and their parents (and teachers)
Recommended to Erin by: my stepson and husband
I bought this book for my stepson for Christmas last year, and it turned out to be one of his favorites (hooray!). Both he and my husband recommended I read it, and I can see why. Andrew Clements does such an excellent job of creating multi-dimensional characters, both children and adults. In fact, there is so much to this story, it's hard to know how to describe it. It's a story about a kid and some adults who make some snap judgments that turn out to be wrong. It's a story about a lonely kid f ...more
Andrew Clements: Still hitting it strong as one of my favorite authors. This isn't actually a recent book, but I ration out his books to myself like tiny truffles. They take 45 minutes to read, and even the ones that don't become insta-favorites (this one, for example), are a true pleasure. His thoughtful characterizations of both children and adults (usually teachers) who are going through difficult times and striving to overcome obstacles, who are in conflict with each other because they are p ...more
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