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The Report Card

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  8,119 ratings  ·  546 reviews
SHHHHHNora Rose Rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone. She's managed to make it to the fifth grade without anyone figuring out that she's not just an ordinary kid, and she wants to keep it that way.

But then Nora gets fed up with the importance everyone attaches to test scores and grades, and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point. Sudden
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Published December 1st 2005 by Perfection Learning (first published 2004)
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Kay Iscah
Back when I worked at the Public Library, I inherited a stack of Advance Reviewer copies. This was one of them, but I didn't notice any glaring typos like many Advanced books contain. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I applaud the pointing out that we can put too much emphasis on grades, and that it's not always the best thing for kids. On the other hand, I'm a little disturbed that the main character's (a 5th grade girl sporting a 200 IQ) goal in life is to be normal and not ...more
Meg J.
Aug 12, 2007 Meg J. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: 2006
Clements has done it again! I love this book, and I love how he has created these great stories with kids making a difference. My students love these books as well! 06/30/2006
Barbara
I enjoyed this book, but it seemed a bit more unlikely than Frindleand No Talking. Clements deals in this book with the emphasis on testing in schools and how it affects students' perceptions of themselves and others. It's humorous, it held my interest, and it dealt with an important idea, but I still found it hard to believe any students would go as far as Nora and Stephen did in their rebellion.

Although a genius might see the fallacy in taking testing results too seriously, I doubt if Nora wou
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Stephanie Gamez
The book The Report Card was an okay book. It was an okay book because when I got it I thought it was going to about someone getting bad grades all the time.

This book takes place at Nora's school and her house. Nora is a girl that is very intelligent at home and at school, but at school she decides to make a lot of bad choices that could ruin her grades. She decides to get bad grades on every one of her subjects to see how big of a deal it is to get bad grades and who will care most about her
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Mara Call
Clements is a great youth storyteller. I have found his stories to be humorous and thought provoking. In this tale he questions state testing, the importance that as an American society we put on grades and testing and the special classes for the "smart" or "gifted and talented" kids (and how they got in there in the first place-tests!). He suggests that testing puts undue pressure on kids and doesn't truly reflect the intelligence, capabilities or knowledge of those being tested. In regards to ...more
Trent
This book is about a girl named Nora who purposly gets bad grades to make people think she is not smart.

Not very good it doesnt have any real action just talking very boring.

This book is good for people or don't like suspenseful books.
Car
I was frustrated with the girl's idea that she should just do mediocre work so she could be "normal". I thought she should have strived to do her best and shine.
Erin
Fifth grader Nora is (literally) a genius. She doesn't want to be singled out by this fact, so she figures out early on how to hide her smarts and let everyone around her believe she is simply an average kid. Now in 5th grade, Nora watches her best friend struggle with test taking anxiety and low-self esteem due to his performance on the state standardized test, and she decides to stage a rebellion against the importance placed on grades and test scores.

Amen!

Everyone should read this book. If n
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Marfita
This story keys into my own personal bugbear: standardized testing. It's about more than that, but the standardized testing is what has annoyed me since I was a kid and all the way up to college. It's even worse now, thanks to No Child Left a Chance to Learn.
Anyway, the heroine of this story is necessarily a genius so that testing and grades are pretty much meaningless to her. She has feigned normality with mathematical cunning in order to not be the focus of attention. She has completely fooled
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Sophie Muller
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Time: 80 minutes
- 7-word summary: girl - genius - friend - worried - grades - change - system
- Discussion questions:
1. Are you worried about grades?
As a teacher, I am very much worried about grades. I want to give students the grade they deserve, but not only from the tests, but also from their attitude and motivation. And that's not easy to grade... I sometimes wish grades were not so important because learning is the only important thing actually!
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Tim
I asked my oldest daughter what she was reading last night and she handed me Andrew Clement's The Report Card. "Why don't you read it Daddy?" Who could resist? So I dove into this story of Nora, a genius who works hard to not let anyone at home or school know about it (and thus constrain her in gifted classes or schools), her friend Stephen, of modest school achievement, and school-wide angst over grades and test taking. The main characters, and the librarian Nora befriends during the course of ...more
JACLYN☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻♥♥♥
This book is about a girl genius named Nora who thinks people are obsessed with grades and she comes up with ingenuous plans to make people stop. But her plans are a little dangerous and Nor and her friend Stephan get caught in the process. They are forced to come up with a new plan to go through with. This plan is different that the first one because in this plan Nora must act like a smarty pants instead of an average girl.They are forced to explain their intentions and plans in front of their ...more
02DallenM
the problem in this book is that kids are thinking little of themselves.
the setting contributes partly to the story it could happen in a different time period and be okay but so far as were it is it couldn't be changed.
the protagonist is a little girl named Nora she is extremely intelligent and cares for other children.
the antagonist or antagonists are not really one person just a hole bunch of people standing in the way of her goal.
what i liked about this book is that it was original but what
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Abigail
Apr 27, 2015 Abigail rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th graders
Recommended to Abigail by: Sophia
This book was very good. You felt like you were right next to the character threw out the story. This book is good for any fourth grader because that is the same age of the main character in the story. Thanks
for taking the time to read my review.
Shania
This book was abut a little girl who got 4d and 1c but she just wanted to get all d's you know what i don't wat to be her because i whould want to get all A's and every one else whould want to to am i right.i loved this book because it had alot of information that you need toknow so read this book it is realy good.You know that Andrew Clements makes the best books every soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...more
Mohamed
The story the report card is an amazing story written by the world's famous author Andrew Clements. The story takes place in different places, mainly at Philbrook Elementary School. At the beginning of the story Nora Rosa Rowley was on the bus home with her best friend Stephen when he asked her to see her report card. Stephen was so shocked that he didn't say a word, but was really worried about Nora. When she arrived home it was dinner time, and when it was time to share the report cards, she w ...more
Josh Wu
Nora Rose Rowley is smart. But not just any smart but very very smart. Everything is just too easy for her, tests, puzzles, how long the Sun will last,..., and she knows that everybody would be crazy if someone knows it, especially her family and her best friend Stephen. So she pretended to be dumb, really dumb with straight Ds on her report card and thats when she noticed how much her parents and everyone cares about their grades so thats when she decided to push over this situation. But she so ...more
Mrs.Wright
While I appreciate the individuality of the protagonist, and agree that schools should look at individuals more than test scores or grades, I felt that this book was unnecessarily anti-gifted. Admittedly, my training makes me biased in one direction, but when the character was encouraged to participate in the gifted program at school, she refused without even trying it. The one character who participated in the program was shown to be bossy and irritating, and the author seemed to imply that peo ...more
Susan
Very different! The main character is an incredibly bright girl, and I enjoyed seeing things through her very perceptive eyes. This book says a lot about what is wrong with schools today. It also discusses how many parents are focusing onthe wrong things when it comes to raising their children. Nora, the girl in the book, seems to have a very small relationship with her parents, and that made me sad. But I enjoyed the story, as well as the points the author was making.
Juliettekudrick
Like it says when I rated this two stars. It was ok. I guess. I am not going to say it ws the worst book I have ever read. I have most certainly read worse. However, this book just didn't meet what was excepted from Andrew clements. I had to read this for school. I saw the author and thought it would be really good. It really wasn't. My mom read it too, so she could keep track with my homework. She didn't like it either. I have one big problem with it. Nora's intentions.
I kind of get what Nora
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Lauren H
Summary- This book is about a girl who proves that report cards should be changed. The main character is Nora. She is a genius but she acts dumb. She does it for her best friend Stephen. He tries really hard but does not get good grades. It was easy for Nora to do badly in until fourth grade. She had lots of tests so she would look up what she needed to get to get average.
In fifth grade she aimed for all Ds the first semester. She got one C. Nora’s grades scare her she does not like attention.
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Julie
I liked this book a lot at first, but it never lived up to the hype of the first 50 pages (I'm guessing on pages, since I actually listened to it). I was expecting more of a revolution, more of a fallout, but that's probably just me and my issues with authority. It ended up being a little to didactic for me, though.
Sarah Hannon
Personal Reaction - I loved this book. I read Frindle when I was younger and I do not remember it but I'm sure all of Andrew Clements' works are amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone. I myself related to this book on a higher level in the aspect that sometimes I agree that grades do not necessarily mean anything in the grand scheme of things and the reason we learn information is to pass standardized exams especially in younger grades.

Use in the classroom
-Reading for 5th graders
-Individ
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Lauren
i loved Frindle so much i decided to read a few more by the author. this one was pretty good... about a young girl (who happens to be a genius) who sets out to prove that grades don't matter.
Jaime Ramos
This was a good book because the girl she got allot of bad grades but then one of her friends said that i will help you make your grades better and it was a really good book.
Jordan Frankovich
Dec 04, 2014 Jordan Frankovich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Report Card ~December 4, 2014
The Report Card is a book by Andrew Clements that is interesting in many ways. Nora is a fifth grade genius! She doesn’t like attention to her grades so she got HORRIBLE grades on purpose. Her parents are worried that she might have a learning disability which is causing her to get such bad grades. Nora thinks its no big deal because she has gotten those grades on purpose. Everyday after school she goes to the library and reads very Advanced articles on different
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Jen
Andrew Clements can do no wrong in the "school fiction" category. This one deals with the pressure facing kids over testing. Timely and funny...he hits the spot!
Beth
Sep 14, 2007 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9 to 14 year olds.
Shelves: readalready
The girl is different. but i want tell you how or u will not read it. will u? anywayz........she wants bad grades instead of good grades, but i will not tell u why!
Barney
I must admit, this book is not going to evoke strong, emotional feelings while you are reading it. However, this book is a great, fun read that will make you feel the warmth called nostalgia. The book follows the eleven year old girl Nora who is a genius, but purposely hiding it. After getting good grades for a long time and seeing her best friend Stephen having mediocre grades, she decides to fail all her classes. This book deals with how her family, school, and Nora struggle to teach each othe ...more
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