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The Report Card

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  9,867 Ratings  ·  681 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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Hardcover, 173 pages
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
Mohamed Azmi
Dec 04, 2014 Mohamed Azmi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
The amazing book The Report Card was written by the world's wellknown author Andrew Clements. The Report Card is about a very smart girl who pretends to be unclever and always tries to get bad grades. Nora Rosa Rowley is actually a genius that learned how to read alone at the age of two. She always pretended to be dumb because she thought that grades didn't matter. She was trying to convince people to follow her path and they did. The strangest part about the book was that Nora was trying to be ...more
Meg
Aug 08, 2007 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 15, 2014 Stephanie Gamez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Julie
Nov 04, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mara Call
May 23, 2014 Mara Call rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
C.J. O'B
Oct 31, 2016 C.J. O'B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the Report Card was a really good book. After reading Frindle, by Andrew Clements, the same author as The Report Card, I had really enjoyed it, and I wanted to read another book by Andrew Clements because his writing is always rich with detail, and very interesting. It always makes you want to turn to the next page, and read what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction
Shania
Nov 12, 2009 Shania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan
Aug 23, 2007 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Idrishia Curnal
Apr 18, 2016 Idrishia Curnal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was really fun to read. My favorite part was when Cora at the end of the book started not acting like she was slow and started doing better in her classes. The part I didn't like was when her sister always bragged to Cora about her report card because Cora got really mad when she bragged about them. I would recommend this book to Jenefer because she loves to read fun books and she will bring a good book with her almost everywhere to read it and I think that really amazing.
Laura Hernandez
This book is about Nora Rose Rowley being a genius, but she doesn't want to tell anyone. She's managed to make it to the 5th grade without anyone finding out her little secret and she wants to keep it that way. I would recommend this book to my little brother, Alex. My brother loves chapter book. Even though he is in 1st grade.

Elizabeth
I really like this book because it is really funny. My favorite character is Nora because she is really friendly and kind. My favorite part of the book is when Nora and her friend are so confused on what her teacher told her and she didn't understand what he said.
Abigail
Apr 27, 2015 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Ashley Herman
Feb 22, 2016 Ashley Herman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the book was very interesting and fun to read. One thing that I liked was how he told the story from the point of view of the girl in the story. If you like funny and easy to read books then this would be a good choice for you.
Trent
Nov 06, 2009 Trent rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Karen
Jun 28, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie earned this book from the LQ Library summer reading program..krb 6/25/16

Another great book from Andrew Clements, we liked this almost as much as Frindle. Should school testing change the way people treat you or the way you see yourself?...krb 7/14/16
Car
Sep 21, 2007 Car rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Galilea Estrada
I like this book because I like how they put the girls report card all d's and only one c that makes me think that I need to get a good report card
Jen
Aug 04, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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!
Jaime Ramos
Jan 07, 2015 Jaime Ramos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Madeline
Mar 29, 2016 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessy
Feb 17, 2009 Jessy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
still luv it..
Nick Pes
This book follows 11 year old Nora, a genius, who has been hiding her brain power for years now. She doesn't want to feel different, she wants to feel normal. When 5th grade starts rolling around, people start making a huge deal about grades. Nora doesn't like that either. She wants to prove that bad grades doesn't mean someone has to be dumb.

This book was super terrific and inspiring. I recommend for 5th and 6th graders because of the vocab.
Sierra Chandler
May 05, 2017 Sierra Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nora Rose Rowley is a genius, she has managed to make it to the fifth grade without anyone figuring out that she's not just an normal kid like everyone else but that is good because 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. Suddenly the attention she has successfully avoided all her life is focused on her and her secret is out. That is when th ...more
Alyssa
Apr 07, 2016 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have tried to read this book so many times in middle school and never got past the first chapter. The problem wasn't that it was boring, it was just strange to me. Now that I'm a sophomore in highschool I have finally finished the book...and I don't know what to think.

At the beginning of thr book the main character annoyed me for some reason, she was hurting her family and didn't see that. All she cared about was proving that grades don't matter, well she is In 5th grade, but she was still ann
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Marfita
Jan 03, 2013 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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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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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Sophie Muller
Sep 19, 2012 Sophie Muller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
- 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
Jul 10, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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