11 August 2012

Audiobook Review: About Average

2¢ Worth: Poor Jordan. She wants to pop and shine. She thinks, "just being ok doesn't feel ok." She beats herself up a lot. But the more I learned about Jordan the more I kept thinking this gal is smart, clever, organized, responsible, industrious, kind, nice, and brave. She is both easy to relate to and get inspired by. By the end (when a moment of crisis gives Jordan a chance to show her true colors) I was surprised to find a tear in my eye.

Word to the wise: I would recommend About Average to any man or woman who is the parent, teacher, or caregiver of any young lady between 8-12. Every girl at some point questions herself and Jordan is an awesome reminder that if she is talented, strong enough, and brave enough, chances are so are we. Plus she reminds us all that being nice is actually an act of strength.

Words aloud: Celia Keenan-Bolger is a perfect Jordan. She conveys both her youth and insecurities. Her voice is the 4 c's = concise, crisp, clean, and clear.

Whippersnappers: Perfectly safe.

Wind-up: About Average by Andrew Clements (published by Simon & Schuster Audio) is read by Celia Keenan-Bolger and consists of 2 discs (2 hours and 9 minutes). Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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65 comments :

  1. I think I could totally appreciate a book like this one. I have found I have a real soft spot in my heart for MG fiction.

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  2. This sounds fantastic! When I was growing up being average was acceptable - it doesn't seem to be anymore.

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  3. I have read another book by Andrew Clements called Frindle and I loved it. I am going to have to check this one out.

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  4. Great review. Any book that celebrates the less glamourous virtues and encourages young girls to appreciate themselves more is worthwhile as far as I'm concerned. Adding to TBR.

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  5. I really like Andrew Clements and keep wishing that my kids would read more of his books. I'll have to slyly suggest this one to them, as both are in the target age group of the novel. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Awwww :) I imagine I'm going to be a sly suggester with my kiddo too some day :)

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  6. This looks like a wonderful story! Thanks for the review!

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  7. I love your book choices...so varied!

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  8. Aww this sounds cute and real. I still feel like that sometimes! Sounds like a great and inspiring story for young girls!

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  9. This sounds like a very sweet book. Andrew Clements is pretty popular at my library, so I'll have to look for this book for them. Thanks!

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    1. This was my first AC. Now I'm very curious to try more. Do you work at a library? :)

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  10. What a great lesson for all young girls to learn!

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  11. Aw, this one sounds wonderful. I need more middle-grade in my life. :)

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    1. I've been listening to more and more. They're so sweet and simple. :)

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  12. Ah, this sounds so good. I agree that every teacher should have this in their classroom. :)

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  13. Sounds like this book has a fantastic message! I think it would be perfect for my brother and his wife, they have two little girls:)

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  14. awww- I never thought about a kids book on audio.........Ill have to check this out.

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    1. I'm kind of getting addicted to MG on audio :) They're short, sweet, and fun.

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  15. Wonderful review Juju...you always say so much in so few words. I applaud your talents my friend and thanks for sharing this great find!

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    1. Awww shucks :) You always know how to make me smile and make my day.

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  16. This looks great! In a world where being "perfect" is emphasized this is probably just what young girls need to encourage them! Thank you for sharing!

    xoxo~ Renee

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    1. Amen! Especially in this digital age of tweaking photography.

      Thank you for stopping by doll.

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  17. "Plus she reminds us all that being nice is actually an act of strength." - I like that this story includes a message like this, because it's a very good and true one.

    Lovely review, Juju! :)

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    1. It is. And it's a difficult thing to learn. :)

      Thanks sweetie

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  18. That's a tough age, especially with questions like that. I'll have to recommend this one to a teacher I know who'll be teaching that age group in the fall; and I definitely would like to read it myself. Great review, Juju!

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    1. I thought so too.
      :)
      Aw that's SO wonderful!
      I'm SO glad to hear that.
      *high five*

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  19. Sounds like a good book for my little cousin to read. I like how you broke everything down for your description points. :)

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  20. Aw, this sounds like a great read for older elementary through middle school aged kids.

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  21. Great message this book is portraying. Great recommendation!

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  22. This one sounds like a good listen (and not too long). I'll definitely have to consider it in potential moments of crisis of my own this fall!

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  23. Oh, how lovely. I know I've certainly felt like that before. Sounds like the book has a great message!

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  24. I actually like listening to middle grade books more than I like to read them. It just works for me for some reason.

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    1. Me too!
      They're sweet, simple, short, and charming.
      When I read them - they don't move fast enough.
      But on audio they hit the spot.

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  25. I wish someone would have read this to my 3rd grade class when I was a kid!
    Sounds like a keeper. :)

    ~Liz

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    1. :) Right? I could have used this advice. Even back in high school.

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  26. Bingo! The four C's is what I look for when seeking my next audiobook! :)

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  27. i think my youngest sister will like this one.

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  28. I should get this for my niece! Thank you!

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  29. Ooo I love the 'four c's'! Sounds awesome! x

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  30. A short lovely listening time!

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  31. Sounds absolutely delightful. This is one I'll be sharing in a few years, I'm certain. Lovely lovely review. :)

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  32. I haven't read an Andrew Clements book in years. I loved his books when I was growing up!

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    1. You're familiar with his work?
      This was my first but I must seek out more.
      Especially when Baby Whimsy is older and can learn from the lessons.

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