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It takes a heart-to-heart with Mr. Meinert to learn what it takes to be a friendly and fair, yet strict, chorus director.

So easy. So fast. So Target.

Sometimes teachers need to be taught a few lessons, but they always have a few great ones to teach their students as well. The characters are warm and real, just like people you might meet in your own sixth grade classroom. Clements has created yet another winner. I Loved IT!! Sixth-grader Hart Evans's least-favorite class is chorus, where uptight Mr. Meinert makes them sing boring songs. When Hart shoots a couple of rubber bands at the teacher, the man overreacts and is angry when the smooth-talking boy gets off relatively unscathed.

Although the class is not told, readers learn that Mr. Meinert will lose his job after January 1 because of budget cuts. When the students act up the next day, he snaps and decides to place the responsibility for the holiday concert in their hands. This sets in motion a series of events that leaves Hart running the show with the teacher watching, learning, and eventually helping out.

The plot unfolds to encompass control issues, democratic procedures, and an end product that wows the crowd. Clements is a master at taking elements of relatively common school situations and turning them into masterful stories with truly engaging characters. Foreshadowing provides glimpses of the program during the chapters leading up to the conclusion, but the climactic description of the event will leave youngsters teeming with emotion. The book's accessible language and quick pace will also appeal to reluctant readers.

Jan 14, Helen rated it really liked it. This book was really good and it is almost as relatable to my elementary school music teacher. I was imagining the whole back and when I read it, it brought me back to the elementary school days. The writing in the book isn't particularly any thing special in my opinion which I like I don't like a lot of vivid word that aren't needed in the book. Anyways, the book was really good and interesting and the events were as if they had mixed my fifth grade year and my years in middle school.

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A good pa This book was really good and it is almost as relatable to my elementary school music teacher. A good part was that however old you are the book will bring you back to your elementary school years. A strength in the book was that the events moved along quickly, which I like. The part that makes the book not as good is that the end result was much too predictable as the book went on.

When I was reading the book, the music teacher reminded me so much om my elementary music teacher and I imagined my music teacher doing every thing that the people did in the book. This book is not part of a series but I enjoy books by this author and I will absolutely read more in my future. I think Andrew Clements is a fantastic author and his books are good for everyone especially those who like a fast moving book with lots of interesting events. Jan 29, Nana S. I think that the theme of the book is that you can accomplish more as a team than by yourself.

I said this because in the story the music teacher Mr. Meinert thought the holiday concert that the sixth grade chorus was doing was his and only his. He decided what they were going at the holiday concert every year and doesn't let any of the kids share their ideas about what they should do.

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But when he steps aside and let's the children be in charge of the show because they don't like the way he's running the chorus they do a much better job then he could have ever imagined. All because the kids worked as a shared their ideas team to make the concert. Not just a same old concert where you go on the stage, sing for 30 minutes, and then leave. Jan 25, Shauna rated it really liked it.

Once again, Andrew Clements delivers! I read this to my 10 and 7 year olds.

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They enjoyed it. I really appreciate how Clements truly understands this age group. His books feel like they are written about real kids in the real world. He makes the mundane happenings of everyday life interesting. I also am grateful he doesn't tie up all the loose ends to make a super happy ending. He keeps it real. Aug 17, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-intermediate.

I picked this up to read after my 8 year old said she got bored. I read it quickly and was wiping tears from my eyes when she came back in the room. Reminds me why I'm a teacher. Sep 23, Heizen rated it liked it. I think that this book is really good, Its is a very interesting. This book is about, a very popular boy named Hart Evans who can get away with anything in school. Kid look up to him. But not his chorus teacher. When he threw rubber band to the teacher neck. And when the chorus teacher find out that he is about to lose his job.

Apr 23, Yi-Ann rated it did not like it. Mar 02, Valerie P. The way he makes me feel apart is how when any of the characters are feeling down or are in pain i feel it to. There were some parts like Mr. Even as a student I can relate to a lot of these things in the book. Like when Hart struggles to keep himself from getting in trouble, I can relate to that when I struggle to get my homework done on time. The book can definitely affect the way you feel about the characters and even there decisions they make and the author definitely affects the characters feelings and decisions.

Like I said before this book is band and choir related and the struggles that you can go through while being in band and or choir. There is at time where there is some arguing and people talking behind one another's backs which can be drama and you yourself could relate to. The reason I like this book is because it is like a mission and how they never give up even in the hardest times they keep going and I really like that about books.

The book was not in anyway confusing to me I never even had second thoughts about any of the book. I really enjoyed the ending of the book it was really sweet and i definitely did not think it was going to end that way. Like I said the connection I made was to the choir and band teachers when they have to get everything ready for a concert and they are having a hard time doing it or even when we are rehearsing for the concert and they have a rough time doing that to. Andrew Clements put a realistic style to this book you could relate to something from there real life.

Jan 24, Hayley Ringger rated it really liked it. The book starts out with a boy named Hart who is in sixth grade and thinks that choir class is just to mess around in. The teacher, Mr.


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Meinert, thinks choir should be taken very seriously and he is very strict about preparing for concerts. One day when Hart is messing around in class Mr. Meinert just blows and gets really mad at Hart. Then after that none of the kids want to prepare for the Christmas concert and so Mr. Meinert just turns the concert over to the kids.

The kids have to do their holiday concert all by themselves now with Mr. Meinert just supervising the whole thing. The kids then decide to elect Hart as the new choir director to be in charge of the concert. Hart, Mr. Meinert, and the rest of the kids then have to go on a roller coaster ride to make their final holiday concert one that everyone will remember. I have to say that I thought this book was amazing! I loved how it just brought the christmas spirit into an everyday lifestyle that the people were living.

He stepped up to the challenge, though, and trusted his fellow peers in choosing him for the part.

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He just did his very best that he could to be the choir director that everyone loved. Also, this book is very valuable because it is a Christmas story that just makes you want to bring more of the Christmas spirit into your own life. Hart thought that having a cool car and being dropped off at school in it would make everyone love him.

Other than that small part of the book the rest of the story was really enjoyable and fascinating. Also, I really liked how the book told a story that very well could happen in this day and age. When a book is like that it helps you relate more to the story and enjoy reading it more. I also thought that it was intriguing that the author included so many twists and turns that made it so you never knew what was going to happen on the next page.

I really like that about a book because the you want to just keep reading and you never want to put the book down. So, just like Hart, we can step up to the challenge when the needs be and just be a leader to ourselves and others around us. Nov 24, Laurie rated it really liked it Shelves: elementary , grades , middle-school.

Parents need to know that, like all of Clements' books, this one can lead kids to examine aspects of their own school lives -- in this case, the natures of popularity and leadership, the roles of teachers and students in education, the workings of peer groups and school institutions, and what makes for a meaningful performance. Positive messages This book can lead kids to examine aspects of their own school lives -- in this case, the natures of popularity and leadership, the roles of teachers and Parents need to know that, like all of Clements' books, this one can lead kids to examine aspects of their own school lives -- in this case, the natures of popularity and leadership, the roles of teachers and students in education, the workings of peer groups and school institutions, and what makes for a meaningful performance.

Positive messages This book can lead kids to examine aspects of their own school lives -- in this case, the natures of popularity and leadership, the roles of teachers and students in education, the workings of peer groups and school institutions, and what makes for a meaningful performance. After Hart shoots a rubber band at Mr. Meinert, he finds that the chorus teacher is not just annoyed but furious.

Unbeknownst to Hart, all the faculty art and music positions have been eliminated, and Mr. Meinert will not be returning after the winter holiday concert. When the teacher unexpectedly turns the concert planning and preparation over to the students, they vote to make Hart their leader. This entertaining novel relates Hart's ups and downs in his challenging new role. The story also delves into the problems and emotions of Mr. Meinert and, to a lesser extent, Hart's younger sister. These shifts in viewpoints and sympathies are unusual and to some extent enlightening, but the narrative always reverts to Hart's thread of the story, which children will probably find most involving.

Many school stories focus on underdogs; this one expresses the concerns of a boy who is popular, yet still under stress. Convincing in its portrayal of middle-school life, this accessible novel will find a ready audience. But what Hart doesn't know is that the music teacher, Mr. Meinert, is getting laid off right after the concert, and that a misfired rubber band is just the catalyst to make him very, very angry. The popular Clements achieves a judicious balance of teacher-student conflict, school comedy, and seasonal pathos in this lively crowd-pleaser.

Horn Book starred Spring Sixth-grader Hart can't resist the temptation to enliven the boring holiday chorus rehearsals with a few rubber-band assaults, but the music teacher is getting laid off right after the concert, and a misfired rubber band is just the catalyst to make him very, very angry. Kirkus Reviews November 1, A sixth-grader and an inexperienced teacher both learn something from each other in Clements's newest teachable-moment-driven school tale. Hart Evans has always, and effortlessly, been Cool-a talent that backfires when his control-freak music teacher, Mr.

Meinert, throws up his hands and leaves it to the unruly school chorus to elect its own director for the upcoming Holiday Concert. Hart surprises both Mr. Meinert and himself by rising brilliantly to the occasion. Clements stirs a few side issues into the pot-for one, Meinert and the other arts teachers are being laid off on January first-but his focus being Hart's introduction to group dynamics and the management thereof, complications of plot or character cause only minor ripples.

Having learned the value of listening, of running things democratically, and of knowing when to seek help, Hart and Meinert engineer a quirky, rousing triumph-that, no, doesn't save Meinert's job, but does leave everyone involved, readers included, with both good feelings and the idea that both young people and adults are sometimes guilty of underestimating each other. He hates sixth-grade chorus; while the chorus practices for the upcoming holiday concert, the bored boy shoots two elastic bands that hit the teacher, Mr.

The man hustles Hart to the principal's office, and readers then discover something that Hart does not know: because of budget cuts, the chorus director's job is being terminated at semester's end. His patience strained by this and by his class's lack of interest, the teacher snaps and hands responsibility for the concert to the students "It's not my concert. It's your concert. You don't like the songs I've picked? Pick your own". After the students elect Hart as director, the teacher looks on with understandably mixed feelings.

Meanwhile, as the boy panics about the approaching concert, his diplomacy gives way to bossiness that lands him in trouble with his peers. The third-person narrative focuses on both boy and teacher, and some readers may grow impatient with the sections that reveal Mr. Meinert's feelings. It comes as no surprise that-with Meinert's help-the concert is an unparalleled success. Though the account of the culminating event and of Hart's farewell to the teacher are affecting, Clements's fans may find that this belabored tale does not live up to his best performances.

Ages Copyright Reed Business Information. May 10, Courtlyn Rowley rated it liked it. This book was pretty good. The main characters are Hart and Mr. Hart is a very popular kid. He is also in the 6th grade chorus. One day he decided to make chorus that day a little less boring. He flung a rubber band at the Mr. He got very very angry and Hart. The next day the class is crazy and the teacher doesn't do anything about it.

The class decides to nominate Hart to put on the show. He decides that everyone can to anything. It was going well, but then everyone got mad at This book was pretty good. It was going well, but then everyone got mad at him. In the end everyone loves him again and he apologizes. The concert turns out to be the best one yet in it is amazing.

Hart and Mr. Meinert make up and they become some sort of friends. In the end everything turned out. The theme for this book could be that even if there are a few bumps in the road, you just got to keep going. I really liked how I could relate to the book.

The story line was written very well. I really enjoyed the part of the concert. I liked how Mr. Meinert and Hart made up in the end. The only thing that I didn't really enjoy was how Mr Mienert yelled at Hart, but other than that is was a very good, well written book. Oct 09, Shyanna J rated it really liked it. The book is about a boy named Hart Evans and the last concert. The school is going bankrupt so they have to shut down the music class and the music teacher Mr. Meinert get fired at the end of the year.

So Heart Evans help make the last concert. When Hart Even help he is also in charge of the organising the concert. When hart Started heart started the concert he started getting bossy and mean and almost no one wanted to be by him. But his dad gave him some advice.

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So instead of being bossy and not listening to anyone they he listened to everyone and voted for different songs. The reason I recommend this book because it is really the difference about leadership and popularity. Also it is really fun and cool holiday book to read. I liked how it ended it was a happy and good ending.

Apr 16, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: middle-grade. Andrew Clements stories generally have just the right amount of over-the-top and cheesy to make them require the slightest amount of suspension of disbelief, but this one It fell into place too perfectly, and was just too saccharine at the end. Mayyyybe it was Fred Berman's voice? I did the audio. I'm not entirely certain. I also have a personal problem with the fact that no one told the students about the RIFing going on. Having just been in the midst of a distric Andrew Clements stories generally have just the right amount of over-the-top and cheesy to make them require the slightest amount of suspension of disbelief, but this one Kids understand so much more than some adults give them credit for.

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Readers also enjoyed. Realistic Fiction. About Andrew Clements. Andrew Clements. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an I was born in Camden, New Jersey in and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade.

I'm certain there's a link between reading good books and becoming a writer. Before moving to Illinois, and even afterwards, our family spent summers at a cabin on a lake in Maine. All day there was time to swim and fish and mess around outside, and every night, there was time to read. I know those quiet summers helped me begin to think like a writer. Two things were amazing about that paper. This should be published! I learned to play guitar and began writing songs, but again, only when I felt like it. After the songwriting came my first job in publishing.

I worked for a small publisher who specialized in how-to books, the kind of books that have photos with informative captions below each one. The book in which my name first appeared in print is called A Country Christmas Treasury. In I began trying to write a story about a boy who makes up a new word. That book eventually became my first novel, Frindle, published in , and you can read the whole story of how it developed on another web site, frindle.

Frindle became popular, more popular than any of my books before or since—at least so far. And it had the eventual effect of turning me into a full-time writer. These days, I spend a lot of my time sitting in a small shed about seventy feet from my back door at our home in Massachusetts. And the woodstove and the pine board walls make the place smell just like that cabin in Maine where I spent my earliest summers. Sometimes kids ask how I've been able to write so many books. The answer is simple: one word at a time. Which is a good lesson, I think. Meinert tells him that they've got a full 30 minutes for their show.

Hart then realizes that they need to get down to work. After assembling committees and coming up with lists of songs, Hart finally thinks he has everything running on track. But then his classmates get mad. Why is Hart, their friend, acting like a teacher? It takes a heart-to-heart with Mr.

Meinert to learn what it takes to be a friendly and fair, yet strict, chorus director. Reviews of the book were mixed. One reviewer described it as a "belabored tale. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Children's literature portal. Retrieved August 22, Publishers Weekly. October 11, Kirkus Reviews.