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Clements, Andrew.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 06898296X

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Eleven-year-old Mark Chelmsley moves into rural New Hampshire's Hardy Elementary School with just weeks left of the school year.  Mark is indifferent towards his new school and classmates because his wealthy absentee parents plan to enroll Mark in a private school the following year.  Mark's attitude causes his teacher, Mr. Maxwell, to view him as a slacker and a spoiled rich kid.  Mark spends his non-school hours on a solo discovery of the New Hampshire countryside.  He reluctantly attends Mr. Maxwell's prized environmental camp.  The week proves to be a test of will and ultimately a test of survival as Mark Chelmsley and Mr. Maxwell are transformed by A Week in the Woods.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #2

Eleven year old Mark moves to a small town in New Hampshire. He is instantly labeled lazy by his science teacher, Mr. Maxwell. Mark doesn’t worry about Mr. Maxwell. This is just a temporary stay while his family gets settled.  Yet Mark slowly starts to make friends and is looking forward to the school camping trip. The first night Mark gets in trouble and is told he will have to go home. Mark runs away and Mr. Maxwell goes after him. Yet the minutes they are gone turn to hours and they both become lost. How will they survive in the cold mountains and what discoveries will they make? Read Andrew Clements A Week in the Woods to find out.  (Catherine Ryan,

Booktalk #3

Clements, Andrew. A WEEK IN THE WOODS
Mark is angry about his familyís move to New Hampshire. He acts bored and disinterested in class and angers his science teacher, Bill Maxwell. Mr. Maxwell decides that someone should teach this young man a lesson and the two square off in a test of wills. Eventually, Mark must use his outdoor skills to survive while being pursued through the woods. Reader fans of Paulsen and Hobbs will enjoy this adventure novel.  (Sunshine State Young Readerís Award Program, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     Survival -- Fiction.
                        Camping -- Fiction.
                        Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction.


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