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Can average be amazing? A girl challenges herself to become extraordinary in the latest from bestselling author Andrew Clements.

Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She’s ordinary for her school, for her town, for even the whole wide world, it seems.
But everyone else? They’re remarkable. She sees evidence everywhere—on TV, in magazines, and even in her classroom. Tremendously talented. Stunningly beautiful. Wildly gifted. And some of them are practically her age!
Jordan feels doomed to a life of wallowing in the vast, soggy middle. So she makes a goal: By the end of the year, she will discover her great talent. By the end of the year, she will no longer be average. She will find a way to become extraordinary, and everyone will know about it!
Well known for his expert ability to relate to kids in a school setting, bestselling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible—personal acceptance.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on July 24, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416997245
ISBN-13: 9781416997245
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  • inmemoryofcpr
    inmemoryofcprThursday, July 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm33 stars
    Like the title of this book, this was about average. Not bad, but I wish that the author could've made the age match up with the character. So I've read a lot of books that have done the same thing but I never expected it to come from Andrew Clements. I am sort of disappointed in him. There are also some super awkward parts. I wouldn't recommend this.
    • fastfoxreader
      fastfoxreaderThursday, July 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm55 stars
      This book is about a girl named Jordan, who thinks she is just plain and average. She makes a goal to be better at something at the end of the year. She is trying to do those goals, but she's not getting much accomplishment. Somewhere at the end of the book, her orchestra teacher was checking the weather and he slammed the door too hard he hit himself. Jordan could see there was a tornado. She first saved her orchestra , then told everyone to take shelter. The next day, was graduation day. When it was Jordan's turn to come up everyone clapped loud. The principal gave her this certificate that was given because of her bravery and clear thinking. That day on, Jordan like herself - plain and average. Moral: To always love yourself and that every body isn't plain and average. Were all better at each other in different ways.
      • fastfoxreader
        fastfoxreaderWednesday, July 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm55 stars
        This book is about a girl named Jordan, who thinks she is just plain and average. She makes a goal to be better at something at the end of the year. She is trying to do those goals, but she's not getting much accomplishment. Somewhere at the end of the book, her orchestra teacher was checking the weather and he slammed the door too hard he hit himself. Jordan could see there was a tornado. She first saved her orchestra , then told everyone to take shelter. The next day, was graduation day. When it was Jordan's turn to come up everyone clapped loud. The principal gave her this certificate that was given because of her bravery and clear thinking. That day on, Jordan like herself - plain and average. Moral: To always love yourself and that every body isn't plain and average. Were all better at each other in different ways.
        • memoiloveit
          memoiloveitThursday, June 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm44 stars
          Its good that this book teaches you to never give up. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to how Jordan feels because they feel as if they aren't good enough and need to get better
          • bry04
            bry04Friday, September 18, 2015 at 5:33 am33 stars
            About Average is good so far, I started yesterday ! It was good but not my favorite. It is about Jordan being average and getting stuck in a tornado.