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Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
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Jul 28, 11

Read from July 18 to 20, 2011

Abby is failing 6th grade. She's not too worried, after all, she's been in this position before in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. However, when her principal tells her they are considering making her repeat the 6th grade, she decides something must be done. She begins studying and doing all of her homework. Her teacher allows her to do an extra credit assignment: she will be pen pals with a student her age in Afghanistan. She will write letters and then post them on a bulletin board, and at the end of the year she will give a presentation to the class.

Sadeed is a young boy in Afghanistan. He is the smartest in his school and his teacher wants him to write letters to Abby. However, it would be seen as inappropriate for a boy to write to a girl, so Sadeed is assigned to help his sister write the letters to Abby. He is okay with this arrangement at first, but soon he gets uncomfortable lying to Abby and letting his sister get all of the attention and praise for his work, and he does something that changes everything.

The reading level on this book is around 5th grade, but the content would be more appropriate for 3rd-4th. I enjoyed this book, and it was a quick read, but the ending was slightly disappointing and felt rushed.
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