Andrew Clements

The Janitor's Boy

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IT WAS THE PERFECT CRIME <br /> Unfortunately, it also led to the perfect punishment. When Jack Rankin gets busted for defacing a school desk with a huge wad of disgusting, watermelon bubble gum, the principal sentences him to three weeks of after-school gum cleanup for the chief custodian. The problem is, Jack's anger at the chief custodian was the reason for his gum project in the first place. The chief custodian happens to be Jack's dad. <br /> But doing time in the school basement after hours reveals some pretty surprising things: about the school, about Jack's father, and about Jack himself.

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IT WAS THE PERFECT CRIME
Unfortunately, it also led to the perfect punishment. When Jack Rankin gets busted for defacing a school desk with a huge wad of disgusting, watermelon bubble gum, the principal sentences him to three weeks of after-school gum cleanup for the chief custodian. The problem is, Jack's anger at the chief custodian was the reason for his gum project in the first place. The chief custodian happens to be Jack's dad.
But doing time in the school basement after hours reveals some pretty surprising things: about the school, about Jack's father, and about Jack himself.Publishers Weekly,As he did in Frindle and The Landry News, Clements here puts an intelligent and credible fifth-grader at the center of a memorable novel. As the book opens, Jack, after much careful planning, is executing the "perfect crime": he assembles the biggest, stickiest wad of gum imaginable and affixes it to the desk in the back row of the music room. Why? The novel then flashes back to the moment when Jack's father, John, the head janitor, comes into his classroom to clean up vomit and calls Jack "son." At that point, "Jack felt like a giant letter had been branded on his forehead--L, for Loser." When Jack gets caught and the vice principal assigns him to three weeks' duty of scraping gum from school property after school, Jack decides, "There was only one person to blame for the whole mess.... Thanks again, Dad." Clements slowly builds an even, affecting narrative to reveal how Jack comes to better know and appreciate John, effectively drawing a parallel between this father-son relationship and John's relationship with his own father. The author adds a mystery to the mix when the boy discovers keys in the janitor's closet, which unlock literal doors to his understanding of his father. The author's uncanny ability to capture the fragile transformation from child to adolescent and its impact on family relationships informs every aspect of the novel. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
160
Author
Andrew Clements
Title
The Janitor's Boy
ISBN-13
9780689835858
Height
1.270
Publication Date
September, 2001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.44 x 5.50 x 0.40 Inches
ISBN-10
068983585X

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Jacks dad works at the...

Jacks dad works at the school as a janitor and as you can tell he gets teased for it. He gets made at his Dad for showing that Jack is his son. What he douse for revenge is by putting a bucket lode of gum under a desk so his dad can clean it up. Jack gets cot doing this and a big adventure happens after that.

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In this book, jack dec...

In this book, jack decids to chew a ton of gum at one time and then stick it onto the desk in musci class, but his teacher finds out and Jack gets into trouble, so he has to help his dad, who's the Janitor at his school, clean the desk off and help his dad for week,instead of going home and takeing care of his little sister, but his parents seem mad at first then they tottally understand the sitiouatin

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This book is about a b...

This book is about a boy who's dad is a janitor at his school. And the boy's dad is not very happy when he is with his friends and he is dared to stick his gum underneath his desk and Jack and his friends get detention for the rest of the quarter, Only because they stuck gum underneath the table. Jack also gets in trouble at home with his mom and dad by getting grounded, Jack did not like that at all because he wasn't able to play with his friends for the rest of the quarter. Finally after the quarter he was able to play with his friends and all of his friends and him made a play and they performed it his parents liked it a lot.

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I read this with my st...

I read this with my student who do not love reading. I enjoyed this book because it's a great story and it takes place at school which my child can relate to. I'm not a teacher yet but I can guide my students through the chapters & help them read actively by paying attention to: point of view, character traits, character motivation, how the character changes over time, metaphor, simile, main idea & plot, even text feature. This one was enjoyable for both me and the students.

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Jack Rankin is embarra...

Jack Rankin is embarrassed by the fact that his father is the school janitor. His anger leads him to deface a school desk, an act that gets him three weeks of after-school gum clean-up as punishment. But it is this time spent with his dad that allows him to discover much about his father's past, the school, and Jack himself.


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