Ordinarily, no one would have imagined that Jack Rankin would vandalize a desk. But this was not an ordinary school year for Jack....
When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old high school -- the building where his father works as a janitor -- he dreads the start of school. Jack manages to get through the first month without the kids catching on. Then comes the disastrous day when one of his classmates loses his lunch all over the floor. John the janitor is called in to clean up, and he does the unthinkable -- he turns to Jack with a big smile and says, "Hi, son."
Jack performs an act of revenge and gets himself into a sticky situation. His punishment is to assist the janitor after school for three weeks. The work is tedious, not to mention humiliating. But there is one perk, janitors have access to keys, keys to secret places....
is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret,
which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle
and Lunch Money
by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People
trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle
. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average
, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money
more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series.
He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com
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