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Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker?

There’s a folder in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as a phonebook and it’s growing daily. It’s filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There’s the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports that show Clay’s own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition: the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want and Clay decides to be extra “creative” and draw a spot-on portrait of Principal Kellings…as a donkey.

It’s a pretty funny joke, but really, Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief making ways…but he can’t seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.

From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior and how everyday choices can close or open doors.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published on July 26, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416949305
ISBN-13: 9781416949305
8 Book Reviews
  • blossomreader
    blossomreaderMonday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am55 stars
    Clayton is a troublemaker. One day Clayton draws a picture of a donkey to represent his principle, and he gets sent to the principal's office instead of being rewarded, but he doesn't mind. He likes being bad like his brother. He even has a thick folder showing his bad deeds in the office. But when his brother returns from jail, he forces Clayton to change his ways. Can he do it? I loved this book!
    • cybill
      cybillTuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm
      It's about a boy named Clay who is a real trouble maker, who turns all good and friendly! I really liked this book!
      • memoiloveit
        memoiloveitThursday, June 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm55 stars
        This is a very funny book that also gives students examples of why you shouldn't misbehave at school
        • babababananas
          babababananasThursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:43 pm55 stars
          My favorite part was when he was in art class and he turned and their was marker on his paper.I recommend this book because it is a funny book and it teaches you to not take things to far keep it simple thanks for reading this report.
          • lake
            lakeWednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:56 am
            • ikyra_marie
              ikyra_marieTuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm
              Hilarious great book
              • ismileyface
                ismileyfaceFriday, February 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm44 stars
                In this story Clay is trying to stop getting in trouble, because he made a deal with his older brother, who just got out of jail.
                • mollyandbooks
                  mollyandbooksMonday, October 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm
                  Hi i read this book and again as Andrew Clements my favorite author I absolutely LOVE it! Clay is cute!