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Clements, Andrew.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 3.5
ISBN 0689845154

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

For as long as she can remember, Nora has been different.  And for as long as she can remember, she tried to be normal and fit in.  You see, Nora is a genius.  But she realized early on that she didn't want to be.  So she has spent her first few years in school imitating the normal kids and not standing out.  No one has any idea that she is bright.  But things change in 5th grade.  Nora sees how the standardized testing starts dividing kids into different groups based on the results.  Because of this, she decides that she will get nothing but bad grades.  This is the beginning of her plan.

Booktalk #2

Do you know what itís like to remember everything that has ever happened to you? Do you know what itís like to constantly analyze everything? Do you know what itís like to realize that what seems normal to you seems strange to other people? If you answered yes to all these questions, then you could be a part of the top 2% of the most intelligent people in the world. Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley realized as a toddler that she had to underachieve to fit into the world around her. Her plan works until she gets to fifth grade. When Nora brings home a terrible report card to prove a point about all the fuss made over testing, things begin to change. Noraís true intelligence is realized and she must decide how to deal with this change in her life. (Prepared by Becky Bridges, SCASL Childrenís Book Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Grading and marking (Students) -- Fiction.
                        Achievement tests -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Genius -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.


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